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At HIMSS, lessons from the front lines of the WannaCry cyber attack

The date was Friday, May 12, 2017, the first of four days that saw more than 300,000 computers worldwide infected by the WannaCry Ransomware attack. “Because of our position [healthcare] and because of the way we have elaborated our infrastructure not to keep up with sectors like banking, we have become targets, accidental targets,” Kristopher Kusche, vice president and chief information security officer at AMC, told a group of onlookers at HIMSS 2018.  Health care accounted for 28 percent of all breaches in 2017; more than any sector, with 374 reported in total, and an impact on more than 5.1 million patient records.

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Philips inks deal with Hologic for mammography equipment

Philips and Hologic have announced a worldwide partnership agreement.  The deal will provide integrated services for women patients by bringing together Hologic’s mammography technologies and Philips’ portfolio of ultrasound, MR, CT, and X-ray systems and advanced informatics – as well as maintenance, upgrade, training and operational performance management.

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Siemens Healthineers raises $5.2B with IPO

Siemens’ healthcare division, Siemens Healthineers, began trading on Germany’s stock exchange Friday, raising $5.2 billion (4.2 billion euros) by selling 15 percent of the company. Shares of were issued at 28 euros each but opened at 29.10 euros each. The initial public offering (IPO) has been in the works for months, with numerous reports indicating it could occur by the end of March. This is widely viewed as one of the biggest public equity offerings in the history of Germany’s stock market.

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Congress delays medical device tax for two years

WASHINGTON — Almost no one got everything they wanted out of the Monday deal to reopen the government — except perhaps medical device companies, who managed to fend off an industry-wide excise tax before the first payments were due.   The stopgap spending deal that was signed by President Trump on Monday included a two-year delay of the 2.3 percent tax, which was originally included in the Affordable Care Act to help pay for the law’s health insurance subsidies.

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