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American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report

How good is broadband internet coverage, across the US?  Read the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report. While urban populations fare well in access to basic fixed terrestrial (as opposed to mobile) service speeds of 25 MBPS/3Mbps, rural populations often do not. Nearly 1/3 of rural populations, and 35% of people on tribal lands do not have even BASIC land-based broadband available to them. This report lays out a plan to improve services. Published February 2019, by NTIA – the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, part of the federal Commerce Department.

Digital Nation Data Explorer

Digital Nation Data Explorer is a useful map of United States showing how people access the internet, and what they use it for.  About 60 questions and measures overall, shown by state. Some health-related questions. Data to 2017 (health information questions only to 2015). Provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the US Department of Commerce

Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices

Report from the US Dept. of HHS outlines recommended cybersecurity practices to manage threats from cyberattacks and to protect patients. The 2018 IBM Security and Ponemon Institute study identified costs of $408 per compromised record in healthcare data breaches, nearly twice the cost of the next industry (Financial). Five threats received focus: E-mail phishing, Ransomware attacks, Loss or theft of equipment or data; Insider threats (both accidental and intentional); and Attacks against connected medical devices. The resources linked identify ten types of practices for small, medium and large healthcare organizations. Topics cover email protection, endpoint protection, managing access, data protection and loss prevention; asset management, network mgmt, vulnerability mgmt, incident response, medical device security and cybersecurity policies. Guidelines are consensus-based with healthcare industry and cybersecurity expert leadership. They are voluntary and meant to be cost-effective. Published December 2018.

Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems 2019

HealthCare’s Most Wired hospitals & healthcare systems for 2019 are named at Level 7 to Level 10. Hospital and Ambulatory recognition are separated. Survey by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) asked hospitals, healthcare systems and others to report on how they use information technology. Recognition reflects certification levels that serves as a catalyst to adopt technology that improves patient outcomes and engagement. The full survey is not available, nor is methodology. However, past topics included cybersecurity (including dedicated CISO), disaster recovery, data integration, interoperability, population health and at-home chronic disease management, value-based care, patient engagement, telehealth, mobile capabilities, virtual physician office visits, ePrescribing and other IT strategies. Survey was formerly conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Health Information Technology (AHRQ)

AHRQ National Resource Center for Health Information Technology. See the A-Z section for information on Adverse Events, Bar Coding, Computerized Provider Order Entry, Electronic Health Records, Electronic Medical Records, Electronic Prescribing, Medication Safety, Mobile Device, Secure Messaging, Telehealth, Telemedicine and much more. However, Hacking, Malware and Ransomware are not included in the IT resource

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