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Feb. 3, 2017

Telehealth: What Are You Doing?
The AOA is gauging its membership about telemedicine usage in ENT. Are you using telemedicine in your practice or plan to implement it in 2017? Complete this brief survey, and you could be interviewed for a future Oto's Scope article.


Cybercriminals Deploy Malware for Half of Successful Cyberattacks, IBM Study Finds

Source: Healthcare IT News

Forty eight percent of successful healthcare cyberattacks result from a criminal gaining access to a system or data by injecting malicious content. Such attacks include injecting unexpected items into a system database or through the host operating system running a website that then tells the system how to act, a new report from IBM Managed Security Services found. What’s more, 19 percent of successful healthcare cyber-attackers gain unauthorized access through the manipulation of system data structures, according to the new report entitled “Security Trends in the Healthcare Industry.” Here, a hacker leverages vulnerabilities in data processing to alter the execution path of a process and then takes over. Read the full story on Healthcare IT News' website.



Feel Like Groundhog Day Where You Keep Doing the Same Thing Over and Over?
Want to automate repetitive tasks? Try macros! If you use Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet product for the numbers in your work life, consider using macros. What’s a macro? In computers, a ”macro” (for "large"; the opposite of "micro") is any programming or user interface that, when used, expands into something larger.

In MS-Excel, a macro allows you to literally record repetitive steps for replay multiple times in the future. The details of creating a macro will vary based on the version of Excel that you use, but simply explore the Help function. You can also Google "macros" and your version of Excel to find a wealth of online tutorials, including videos.

So, take a step back and evaluate your Excel workload. I bet you’ll find a few opportunities to automate your keystrokes - and save time in the process.


Get Your (Punxsutawney) Phil of Education with AOA Materials
Because the groundhog saw his shadow, take the next six weeks to educate your staff with AOA resources before spring hits. Don't get caught in a vicious loop doing the same thing over and over with no results. With AOA educational materials - like AOA University modules, the revamped AOA Resource Manual and webinar presentations - your staff will be equipped with new knowledge once the snow thaws and the trees begin to bloom.


Educate yourself and your office with AOA webinars. Learn about several upcoming titles below. Visit the AOA Webinars page to register. Secure your education for 2017 with the 2017 AOA webinar subscription for the low member rate of just $349.

Feb. 8 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
2017 Compliant EM Documentation & Coding" presented by Steven A. Adams
Feb. 15 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
Audiology Pricing Strategies" presented by Kim Cavitt, AuD
Feb. 22 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
Understanding Your QRUR Report" presented by Virginia F. Brookes, MHA, CPHQ

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