Hospital data breach of 8K may lead to federal probe; AMA aims to halt 'massive, expensive' ICD-10;

> A computer glitch that exposed the financial information of more than 8,000 patients online may put Lawrence (Kan.) Memorial Hospital under federal investigation. Hospital officials learned of the data breach on Oct. 28 and last week mailed thousands of letters notifying patients who had used the hospital's online bill pay service, hosted by Brick Wire on behalf of Mid Continent Credit Services. FierceHealthcare

> Cincinnati-based health information exchange Health Bridge is using IBM's Initiate Patient software to enhance its infrastructure, which ultimately will be used to improve information flow for patient care and prepare for Meaningful Use efforts. Announcement

> Two seemingly innocent, everyday occurrences at hospitals--alarms and CT scans--are among the most dangerous technology hazards, according to a new ECRI Institute report. For all the countless benefits that technology provides, ECRI warns of the top 10 hazards for 2012, including alarm fatigue and overexposure to radiation therapy and CTs, similar to last year's list. FierceHealthcare

> The American Medical Association (AMA) last week made it clear that it will fight to protect U.S. physicians from the burden of ICD-10 implementation. AMA asserts that the timing of the scheduled implementation could not be worse for physician practices, many of whom are currently working to implement electronic health records by 2015. In contrast to the demonstrated benefits of EHRs, AMA claims that ICD-10 conversion provides no direct benefit to individual patients' care. FiercePracticeManagement

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