Data breaches are costing the health care industry an estimated $6.2 billion, with 89% of organizations represented in a new study by the Ponemon Institute having experienced a data breach in the past two years and 45% reporting more than five breaches in the same time period. The Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy & […]

State-Federal collaboration is going to be essential in combating state and local cyber threats, according to witnesses at a cybersecurity congressional hearing on Tuesday. “States have constantly ranked their cyber capabilities among the lowest capabilities,” said Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y. “What is preventing us from reaching an appropriate level of cybersecurity?” “This has to be […]

With the school year drawing to a close, avoiding the dreaded summer slide is on the minds of parents and teachers alike. On average, students lose two months of academic achievement over the summer. To prevent any learning loss, it’s key to keep students’ minds engaged with educational and fun applications. Here are the top teacher […]

For the first time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Medicare standardized payment amount, which makes Medicare payments across all geographic areas comparable. The information was part of the third annual release May 5 of the Physician and Other Supplier Utilization and Payment public use data. The data set contains […]

The increasing sophistication of cyberattacks and the emerging threat of ransomware are placing a new premium not only on high-level technical skills but on bold, effective leadership. “Each day, the cyber threat landscape changes, and our attackers are unrelenting,” said Rob Potter, vice president of the Americas for Symantec. Cyber leadership must face these evolving threats […]

Congress has passed an appropriations bill to fund increased medical care for military veterans–particularly women–a burgeoning contingent of the vet population. The fiscal year 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, passed April 18 by the House and May 19 by the Senate, proposes to increase VA appropriations to $74.9 billion–an increase […]

Big data has the potential to both increase and decrease discrimination based on the ethics of its use, according to speakers at the Ford Foundation Fairness by Design event. “Not using the data has highly discriminatory practices,” said U.S. chief data scientist DJ Patil in his keynote address at the event. Julie Brill, a partner […]

The White House is seeking the advice of some of the country’s youngest scientists through Thursday’s launch of a kid science advisers program, which allows students to submit their thoughts and ideas on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. “Today I can announce that we are launching a Kid Science Advisers campaign,” President Barack […]

The sun could pose the largest digital security risk to U.S. critical infrastructure, according to witnesses at a House Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee on Tuesday. “All critical infrastructure sectors are at risk from EMP [electromagnetic pulse],” said Brandon Wales, director of the Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis National Protection and Programs Directorate at […]

Disrupt or be disrupted. That’s the way Dave Dimond, chief technology officer for Global Healthcare Business at EMC Corp., sees the IT business—especially for those in the rapidly changing health care sector. Dimond said the challenge health care providers face has everything to do with meeting patient expectations in a world “where they want things, […]

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