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March-April 2021

By the Numbers
For The Record
Vol. 33 No. 2 P. 34

This percentage of health care technology providers have suffered at least one cyberattack in the past five years, according to research by Irdeto. Their survey found that 82% of the respondents believe their organization’s medical device cybersecurity is not strong enough, 60% feel their organization needs to implement a more robust cybersecurity strategy to prevent or protect themselves from cyber threats, and 65% believe they need to allocate additional budget to cybersecurity concerns to protect themselves from threats.

54 Million
This number of people are now able to access clinicians’ visit notes online, according to OpenNotes. Forty-eight new health systems launched open notes in 2020, increasing patient access to notes by 10%, compared with 2019.

According to an Alpha Health survey, more than this percentage of health systems and hospitals are now using or implementing automation in their revenue cycle operations.

$1.5 Million
A cyberattack on The University of Vermont Health Network has delayed the rollout of an EHR system and is costing the network about this amount per day in lost revenue and recovery costs, reports Infosecurity Magazine.

$4.3 Million
In June 2018, Health and Human Services fined University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center this amount for HIPAA violations related to the theft of an unencrypted laptop and the loss of two unencrypted flash drives. MD Anderson appealed the fine in April 2019, and the US Court of Appeals has now vacated the civil monetary penalties, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

A survey commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts found this percentage of adults supports enabling different health care providers to share patient health record information between their EHR systems when they are caring for the same patient.

This fraction of adults said they support the federal government setting national standards to more accurately match up a patient’s health records across multiple providers, and two-thirds said the government should be allowed to spend money on methods to improve patient matching, according to a survey commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts.