Stolen laptop puts 3,900 patient records at risk; Small practices challenged to implement EHRs;

>  The laptop of a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center physician, which was stolen May 22, may have led to the data breach of more than 3,900 patients, The Boston Globe reported. Hospital execs said that the laptop contained no information that would put patients at risk for identity theft. However, the hospital implemented a mandatory encryption program on physicians' personal devices to protect medical and administrative data. Article

> Redwood MedNet in California recently held its sixth annual conference, "Connecting California to Improve Patient Care," which aims to address electrical health record issues, The North Bay Business reported. A primary concern at the conference is the lack of IT staff in smaller medical practices, which prevents facilities from adopting EHRs and slows the increase of electronically connected physicians and patients. Article

> Health Management Physician Network in Florida last week announced its plan to give more than 1,200 physicians in the network access to athenaHealth's cloud-based practice management and EHRs, Healthcare IT News reported. AthenaHealth execs predict Health Management Physician Network will benefit from the use of cloud technology to help ensure the delivery of quality care. Article

> Science Applications International Corp. in Indiana last week announced it will acquire MaxIT Healthcare Holdings, which specializes in setting up EHRs and IT planning strategy, The Washington Post reported. The deal, which will add more than 1,300 employees to SAIC's business, will shift the company's focus to the health IT market. Article

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