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Editor's e-Note
With HIMSS bringing down the curtain on its latest annual extravaganza, cybersecurity and other IT-related matters are top of mind as this E-Newsletter goes to press.

In this month’s E-News Exclusives, we’ll hear from several leading lights of the health care industry regarding techno-topics that were buzzing at the 2018 conference in Las Vegas.

— Dave Yeager, editor
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HIMSS Roundup

Health Care Cybersecurity:
Highlights From the 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey


Respondents to the 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey included health care providers, vendors, and consultants. Respondents’ roles included executive management, nonexecutive management, and nonmanagement professionals.

The 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey sought to answer two overarching questions: How far has the health care and public health sector progressed in cybersecurity, and who is doing what in cybersecurity?

Respondents were asked about whether their organizations experienced a significant security incident in the past 12 months. The majority of respondents (75.7%) indicated that their organizations did experience a significant security incident; 21.2% of respondents said their organizations did not. The respondents whose organizations experienced a recent significant security incident were asked to characterize the threat actor—the type of actor they believe was responsible for the recent significant security incident.

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Other Imaging News
Study Eases Fears of Link Between Autism, Prenatal Ultrasounds
Researchers have questioned whether rising rates of autism diagnoses are related to the increasing number of ultrasound scans administered during pregnancy. According to a study in JAMA Pediatrics, however, children with autism were, on average, exposed to fewer ultrasounds in the womb.

CT Scans Trace Evolution of Major League Baseballs
As big-leaguers are hitting long-distance homers in record numbers, FiveThirtyEight reports that investigators have performed comparative CT scans on modern baseballs and noted a slight but significant evolution that could be a contributing factor.

Portable Ultrasound Could Improve Kidney Disease Care
for Former Prison Inmates

Inmates recently released from prison often do not have Medicare, and those with end-stage kidney disease have limited options. A portable ultrasound can help nephrologists better detect fluid in the lungs of these patients, resulting in a measurable impact on care and associated costs, according to a study by physicians at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

X-ray of 1917 Modigliani Masterpiece Reveals Hidden Portrait
In preparation for a new exhibit, the Tate Gallery in London discovered that renowned artist Amedeo Modigliani covered a portrait of a woman with the portrait of a very different woman, The Guardian reports. It is believed that the hidden portrait is of Modigliani’s ex-lover, Beatrice Hastings, whom the illustrious artist may have wanted to wash out of his life after a volatile separation.
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In the Flow: Part 2 — Equitable Scheduling Prevents Burnout, Delivers Better Patient Care
The second segment of our two-part series examines the personnel issues surrounding the modern radiology facility—subspecialties, timeliness, automation, wear and tear—and offers strategies to synchronize the many moving parts. Read more »
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