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Cybersecurity–How To Stop (Or Slow) Hackers

The healthcare seems less concerned about hackers and more about achieving the tenets of value-based medicine. Its focus on improving patient experience and reducing cost has pushed cybersecurity down the list of spending priorities when it should be rising.  The healthcare industry must be prepared for hack attacks, cybersecurity experts agree. The very essence of value-based medicine hangs in the balance. How can patients be safe and their needs met, if they and their data are not safe?

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 GE replaces Flannery as CEO, names former Danaher chief to role

GE also announced it “will fall short of previously indicated guidance for free cash flow and (earnings per share) for 2018,” and expects to take a non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to the GE Power business. GE Power’s current goodwill balance is approximately $23 billion and the goodwill impairment charge is likely to constitute substantially all of this balance, the company said.

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EHR investments slowing down as hospitals cite high costs, study finds

If you’re wondering why sometimes medical imaging devices aren’t being funded, this looks like a possible reason.  Hospitals spent nearly $25 billion globally on electronic health records in 2017 and that is projected to increase to $33 billion by 2023 but signs are also emerging EHR spending is starting to slow down, according to a report from Allied Market Research.

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U.S. Hospitals Shut at 30-A-Year Pace, With No End in Sight

Industry M&A may be no savior as the pace of hospital closures, particularly in hard-to-reach rural areas, seems poised to accelerate. Hospitals have been closing at a rate of about 30 a year, according to the American Hospital Association, and patients living far from major cities may be left with even fewer hospital choices as insurers push them toward online providers like Teladoc Inc. and clinics such as CVS Health Corp’s MinuteClinic. Morgan Stanley analysts led by Vikram Malhotra looked at data from roughly 6,000 U.S. private and public hospitals and concluded eight percent are at risk of closing; another 10 percent are considered “weak.”

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