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    In the news this week, data breaches originating in foreign countries threaten health data. In other news, KLAS predicts a 25 percent increase in replacement of EHR systems among ambulatory practices, and 3M releases a new coding system.

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    In the news, there are rumors of a payment platform in the next iPhone. In addition, The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has updated its warning to retailers advising them on “Backoff” point of sale (POS) malware. In other news, Dairy Queen could be the latest victim of “Backoff,” just at the beginning of an investigation. And a study shows digital coupons use is on the rise and in-store service is the key to a successful digital coupon program.

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