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  1. 59% of hackers agree phishing is most effective way to extract data, survey finds

    The majority of hackers agree phishing is the most effective strategy for data exfiltration, according to a Bitglass report.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  2. Apple seeks software engineer with psych experience; Canadian health minister launches probe into Cerner EHR project & more — 10 health IT key notes

    Here are 10 recent news updates on health IT companies.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  3. How a Texas innovation hub is eliminating socioeconomic disparities in health

    Will integrating data on social determinants of health into clinical workflows improve patient outcomes? One Dallas research hub is determined to find out.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -

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  1. Lillian Kuczka, nurse who helped create the crash cart, dies at 91

    Buffalo, N.Y. nurse Lillian Kucza, who helped invent the precursor to the crash cart, has died at the age of 91, according to The Buffalo News.  By Leo Vartorella -
  2. Providers reported 72.7% of breaches disclosed in August: 6 report insights

    Thirty-three healthcare breaches disclosed in August, affecting 673,934 patient records, according to a Protenus report.  By Julie Spitzer -
  3. 20 hospitals hiring nurses

    Here are 20 hospitals and health systems that posted job listings seeking nurses in the past week.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. Pfizer hits J&J with 1st ever biosimilar antitrust lawsuit: 4 things to know

    Pfizer on Wednesday filed an antitrust suit against Johnson & Johnson, claiming the drugmaker's "exclusionary contracts" with insurers and hospitals unfairly blocked competition for J&J's arthritis drug Remicade, reports The Wall Street Journal.  By Mackenzie Bean -

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  1. Sentara CarePlex Hospital President Debra Flores takes leadership post with Valley Children's

    Debra Flores, president of Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton, Va., will wrap up her 30-year career with Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare on Oct. 6. Ms. Flores will subsequently assume an executive leadership role with Madera, Calif.-based Valley Children's Healthcare.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. Alaska union-benefits fund sues Abbott over faulty St. Jude defibrillators

    An Alaska union-benefits fund filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Abbott Laboratories, claiming the company' subsidiary, St. Jude Medical, failed to warn regulators and patients about defective lithium batteries in its defibrillators for years, reports StarTribune.  By Mackenzie Bean -
  3. Utah lawmakers to draft bill outlining when police can draw blood from patients

    The Utah Legislature's Judiciary Interim Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to draft a bill outlining when a police officer may be permitted to draw blood from a patient without consent, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. 20 latest hospital, health system CNO and CMO moves

    Becker's Hospital Review reported the following hospital and health system chief nursing officer and CMO moves in the last four weeks. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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  1. Grandview Medical Center promotes Drew Mason to CEO

    Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., named Drew Mason CEO. He replaces Keith Granger, who was named regional president and market CEO for the Alabama region at Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  2. Mark Nosacka is Piedmont Medical Center's new CEO: 3 points

    Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C., hired Mark Nosacka to lead as its new CEO, effective Oct. 16, according to WRHI AM 1340.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. 10th resident of Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning after Hurricane Irma dies

    The 10th resident of a Florida nursing home that overheated after losing its air conditioning in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma died Wednesday, according to ABC News.  By Alyssa Rege -
  4. Cars more effective than ambulances for transporting shooting and stabbing victims, study finds

    Shooting and stabbing victims have a better chance of survival if they are driven to a trauma center instead of waiting for an ambulance, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery.  By Leo Vartorella -
  5. HHS OIG: Alabama failed to secure Medicaid data, IT systems

    Alabama has not adequately secured its Medicaid data and information systems in accordance with federal requirements, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report.  By Julie Spitzer -
  6. Washington VA notifies patients of compromised PHI after laptop goes missing

    Spokane, Wash.-based Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center notified 3,275 veterans their protected health information was potentially compromised after it discovered a vendor-issued laptop was missing from one of its labs, a VA spokesperson confirmed to Becker's Hospital Review.  By Julie Spitzer -
  7. 7 physicians resign from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

    Ellsworth-based Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is losing seven physicians, according to a Maine Public report.  By Kelly Gooch -
  8. OIG: Medicare overpaid acute care hospitals $51.6M

    Acute care hospitals owe Medicare $51.6 million and patients $14.4 million due to inappropriate overpayments, according to a report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.  By Morgan Haefner -
  9. States would see $215B in federal funding cuts through 2026 under latest healthcare bill, analysis finds

    The Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the ACA would significantly cut federal funding to states, particularly those that expanded Medicaid, according to an analysis from Avalere.  By Kelly Gooch -

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