Bleeping Computer: Ransomware gang apologizes, gives SickKids hospital free decryptor

Bleeping Computer: Ransomware gang apologizes, gives SickKids hospital free decryptor. “The LockBit ransomware gang has released a free decryptor for the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), saying one of its members violated rules by attacking the healthcare organization. SickKids is a teaching and research hospital in Toronto that focuses on providing healthcare to sick children.”

Air Quality News: New database looks to reduce healthcare’s ‘5% of global emissions’

Air Quality News: New database looks to reduce healthcare’s ‘5% of global emissions’. “Dalhousie University and Brighton and Sussex Medical School have developed a major new resource which will make it easier for medical trusts to make carbon-friendly decisions. The HealthcareLCA database is billed as an ‘up-to-date evidence repository, bringing together new and existing assessments into one publicly accessible location’.”

ITV: Southampton General Hospital clarifies it is ‘very much open’ after Google said it was closed

ITV: Southampton General Hospital clarifies it is ‘very much open’ after Google said it was closed. “A major hospital has been forced to clarify that it is ‘very much open’ after it was flagged as temporarily closed by Google Maps. Southampton General Hospital, which is one of the busiest in the South, deals with emergency and critical care as well as acute medicine and operates a dedicated eye casualty.”

Houston Chronicle: St. Luke’s Health record system is still offline a week after ransomware attack at parent company

Houston Chronicle: St. Luke’s Health record system is still offline a week after ransomware attack at parent company. “A cyber attack against a major U.S. nonprofit health system has snarled patient services for more than a week at six St. Luke’s Health hospitals in Houston, where online records systems have been shut down and doctors have resorted to cumbersome backup options.”

WHSV: VHHA rolls out healthcare cost transparency tool

WHSV: VHHA rolls out healthcare cost transparency tool. “The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association rolled out a new tool that helps patients understand healthcare costs, as well as financial assistance policies, available here. It is meant to help prepare for what procedures may cost. You select your hospital and the portal takes you to their website, where you can input your procedure and see what that costs. Depending on the hospital system, you may be asked for insurance information so they can take that into account as well.”

PR Newswire: Employers’ Forum of Indiana Introduces Sage Transparency, Built Using New RAND Hospital Price Study (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Employers’ Forum of Indiana Introduces Sage Transparency, Built Using New RAND Hospital Price Study (PRESS RELEASE). “Using data from the upcoming RAND 4.0 Hospital Price Transparency Study, Employers’ Forum of Indiana today launched Sage Transparency, a publicly accessible and customizable dashboard to demonstrate hospital value…. Sage Transparency is a free-to-use, customizable dashboard which allows the user to compare metrics of hospital price and quality across states, health systems, and facilities.” The fact that Employers’ Forum of Indiana did it makes you think it might be Indiana-only, but I was able to look up hospital information all over America.

Politico: UK government failed to protect care home residents from COVID, High Court rules

Politico: UK government failed to protect care home residents from COVID, High Court rules. “The U.K. government broke the law by failing to protect care home residents from COVID during the pandemic, the High Court ruled Wednesday. In March and April 2020, an unknown number of elderly patients in England were discharged from hospital into care homes, having contracted COVID and either died or passed the virus on to others. Judges concluded this was unlawful because it failed to take into account the risk to vulnerable residents from non-symptomatic transmission of the coronavirus.”

ProPublica: More Than 1 in 5 Illinoisans Living in State Homes for Adults With Disabilities Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus

ProPublica Illinois: More Than 1 in 5 Illinoisans Living in State Homes for Adults With Disabilities Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus. “While much of the attention related to COVID-19’s impact on vulnerable populations has focused on deaths at nursing homes, infection rates are remarkably high in another kind of residential setting: state-operated centers for adults with cognitive or behavioral disabilities. As of Thursday, more than 1 in 5 people living in these developmental centers had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, state data shows. That’s more than double the infection rate seen in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, where confirmed cases account for about 7% of residents, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.”

TechRepublic: How a 2017 snowstorm prepared an Oregon hospital system for the COVID-19 pandemic

TechRepublic: How a 2017 snowstorm prepared an Oregon hospital system for the COVID-19 pandemic. “When the growing pandemic and expected work-from-home orders became apparent by March 1, the health system put the lessons learned from that snowstorm into place.” An excellent look at how an IT team tackled the problems revealed by a snowstorm and applied their solutions to the coronavirus restrictions.

University of Toronto: U of T researchers create interactive tool to help hospitals plan for COVID-19

University of Toronto: U of T researchers create interactive tool to help hospitals plan for COVID-19. “A group of researchers at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health have developed an interactive online tool that helps hospitals and other health-care providers estimate their capacity to manage new cases of COVID-19. By taking into account the number of acute and critical care resources available to a specific health-care provider, data on the age distribution and severity of COVID-19 cases and expected duration of patient stays, the online tool helps hospitals model their capacity to respond to the fast-moving pandemic.”

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute: New online tool helps transplant candidates find center that best matches individual patient’s criteria

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute: New online tool helps transplant candidates find center that best matches individual patient’s criteria. “The website, transplantcentersearch.org, was developed for candidates seeking kidney, liver, heart and lung transplants. Data for liver centers is currently live. Data for other organs will soon be available.”