5 most popular health IT stories from June

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Here are the five most-read health IT stories on Becker's Hospital Review in June, starting with the most-read.

1. HIPAA confusion in Orlando
In the aftermath of the shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 dead and 53 wounded Saturday night, area hospitals were filled with victims. Given the influx of patients, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer asked the White House to waive HIPAA regulations to allow hospitals to communicate with families of the victims. While HIPAA can be suspended during national emergencies, what Orlando officials sought in a HIPAA waiver — communicating with families — is already permitted under the privacy law, according to Politico. Read more 

2. Why Crysis is healthcare's most threatening ransomware yet
The ransomware attack on HollywoodPresbyterianMedicalCenter in Los Angeles was the first in a string of such incidents at hospitals. Within months, a strain of ransomware called Locky had crippled the computer systems at MethodistHospital in Henderson, Ky., and King's Daughters' Health in Madison, Ind. Now, however, a new strain of ransomware has emerged, and it's even more threatening than previous viruses, experts say. Read more 

3. What comes after the Epic go-live? 6 questions with MD Anderson CIO Chris Belmont
Houston-based University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the latest health systems to go live on Epic's EHR. After selecting the software in November 2013, the health system flipped the switch March 4. Read more 

4. Judy Faulkner ranks No. 3 on Forbes' 'America's Richest Self-Made Women' list
Forbes released its list of "America's Richest Self-Made Women," and Epic founder and CEO Judy Faulkner earned one of the top spots. Read more 

5. Canadian physicians choose pen and paper over EHR
Vancouver Island Health Authority in British Columbia, Canada, is in the midst of rolling out Cerner's EHR across its system, but physicians are petitioning to suspend the go-live, citing concerns regarding patient safety. Read more 

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