Monday, January 27, 2020

Operating an open source PACS

Avram Adam is Network/Systems Administrator at Arizona State Radiology group, which operates 13 locations and provides radiology services to four hospitals in the Tucson area. Adam has been working in PACS for radiology for about two years and before that worked with the City of Tucson and at a credit union primarily in systems administrator and network administrator roles. As chief technology officer as well the HIPAA security officer for Arizona State Radiology he manages all the networking systems, which handle about a half a million studies a year.

Q. What prompted you to seek open source PACS solutions?

Because current offerings don’t have all of the functionality we are looking for.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

DHS warns of Citrix vulnerability under attack

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PARCA eNews – Jan. 18, 2020 – The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity unit has issued an alert about a weakness in the Citrix Application Delivery Controller and Ctirx Gateway web server applications that are experiencing active attacks.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Public comment sought on ONC 5-year plan

PARCA eNews – Jan. 15, 2020 – The draft 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (plan) was posted Jan. 15 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), for public comment.

The plan was developed in collaboration with over 25 federal organizations and is intended to guide federal health information technology (IT) activities over the course of the year.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

MAZE malware adds blackmail element to ransom demand

PARCA eNews – Jan. 8, 2020 – The FBI issued an advisory calling for private organizations to be vigilant to combat the Maze ransomware attacks that started last November.

Dubbed MAZE, the ransomware uses multiple methods for intrusion, including creation of malicious look-alike cryptocurrency and spam campaigns impersonating government agencies.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The view for 2020: AHIMA continues to push for patient safety in 2020

PARCA eNews _ Jan. 2, 2020 – Despite the setback to lifting the decades old ban on development of a universal patient identifier last September, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) vows to continue to push forward on patient safety by making 2020 the year of Patient Matching.

Mary Butler outlined AHIMA’s goals for 2020 in an article on the organization’s website, stating that, "AHIMA has never waited for Congress to start advocating for better ways to improve patient safety, so the association is ready to make 2020 “The Year of Patient Matching” regardless of whether the Senate votes to remove the ban on a UPI." Ms Butler wrote."

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Spending bill includes $50 million for healthcare data initiative

PARCA eNews – Dec. 31, 2019 – Lost in all the other things going on in Washington, D.C. at the end of 2019 was the $1.4 Trillion spending package Congress passed and the president signed to fund the US Government through September 2020.

Included in the bill was $50 million for the first year of the Data: Elemental to Health Campaign, a multi-year initiative aimed at modernizing public health data systems, including surveillance and analytics at the CDC as well as state and local health departments.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Researchers produce first laser ultrasound images of humans

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PARCA eNews – Dec. 19, 2019 – MIT engineers have demonstrated an alternative to conventional ultrasound that doesn’t require contact with the body to see inside a patient.

In a paper published Dec. 19, 2019 in the Nature journal Light: Science and Applications, the researchers scanned the forearms of several volunteers and observed common tissue features such as muscle, fat, and bone, down to about 6 centimeters below the skin. The images were judged comparable to conventional ultrasound, but were produced without patient contact using remote lasers focused on a volunteer from half a meter away.