University of Rochester Medical Center Faces $3 million Fine After Data Breach

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) will pay $3 million in fines for failure to encrypt mobile devices and other HIPAA violations, it was announced in November. 


With more than 26,000 employees, URMC is one of the biggest health systems in the state of New York. 


In addition to the $3 million penalty, URMC will be forced to adopt a corrective action plan to address all aspects of noncompliance found in the investigation following the data breach.


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CDC Report Describes Caregiving as a Growing "Public Health Issue"

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 1 in 5 family caregivers may be in fair or poor health, going on to describe caregiving as “a public health issue of increasing importance.”

Using data from 44 states, researchers found that 21% of more than 252,000 respondents were caregivers who rated their health fair or poor.

Katherine Ornstein, an associate professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City reviewed the findings and said the health care system needs to start thinking about how to support these caregivers. Specifically, they need to consider what resources and training are needed to do the things they have to do.

Dr. Steven Radwany, a professor in the Division of Palliative Medicine at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, also reviewed the report and noted that “we have to have the political will to step up and address this.”

The authors concluded that “the potential for losing informal caregivers because of poor health exists and needs to be addressed to support caregivers and expanded offerings that allow caregivers to address their own health concerns.”

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Philly Inquirer Examines the Challenges Unique to Millennial Caregivers

The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article yesterday about millennial caregivers, calling them "a socially isolated group." 

Nearly one in four caregivers in the US belongs to the millennial generation, according to the article. Those caregivers face the same responsibilities of caring for a loved one as other caregivers, often devoting more than 20 hours per week to caregiving responsibilities.

However, the article asserts that millennial caregivers often face these pressures on top of added stresses unique to their generation, including education, career aspirations, managing student debt, dating, and starting families. 

In the article, AARP's director of long-term support and services Rita Choula said that "this particular group of caregivers is socially isolated. Most of their friends are not caregivers, and they often don't feel comfortable putting their burdens on their friends or employers." 

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GIS Partner Writes About the Importance of Gratitude for Health and Wellness

GIS Healthcare Partner Anthony Cirillo published an article last week in US News & World Report where he talked about the value of practicing gratitude during the holiday season. 

In his writing, Mr. Cirillo examined the growing rates of depression in the United States and studies that show gratitude in life can directly lead to better physical and psychological health. "Grateful people experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better and even have stronger immune systems," Mr. Cirillo wrote. 

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