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The Second Wave of Healthcare Informatics

August 28, 2014 by Bill Crounse

the second wave of healthcare informatics

Electronic Medical Records and Hospital Information Systems in and of themselves add little value to the enterprise if we don’t surround them or embed them with technologies that help us make better decisions and facilitate the ways we communicate and collaborate as care teams and with our patients.[read more]

Massive Data Breach: Time for Sports Analogies?

August 26, 2014 by David Harlow

In reading an account of the recent attack on Community Health Systems that netted the bad guys 4.5 million patient records, I was struck by the notion put across in the article that all we have to do is work harder to patch vulnerabilities, that with a better defense we can win the game against a skilled quarterback.[read more]

5 Things CIOs Should Do in Light of the Recent Patient Records Theft

August 22, 2014 by Morgan Brown

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Community Health Systems, which manages 206 hospitals in 29 states, reported this week that they were victims of Chinese hackers who infiltrated and stole more than 4.5 million patient records. The hackers made out with names, addresses and social security numbers for patients across the network during attacks in April and June.[read more]

Assuring Safe Patient Health Information (PHI) in Radiology

August 14, 2014 by Andy Salmen

According to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, PHI is short for "protected health information." Keeping this information private and secure is essential in order to avoid negative repercussions for the patient and to avoid civil and criminal penalties that could be incurred if a practice fails to comply with HIPAA Rules.[read more]

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Open-Source EHR: Benefits and Drawbacks

August 14, 2014 by Charles Settles

As is the case in any "boom" industry, EHR software has had some well-publicized issues, including low user satisfaction, claims of fraud due to copy-and-paste or "upcoding," and poor interoperability between EHR programs. Open-source EHR software, while not a cure-all, can help solve many of these problems.[read more]

ICD-10 Delay: What You Can Expect Over the Next Year

August 10, 2014 by Andy Salmen

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The latest delay in ICD-10 implementation has caused both frustration and relief for people in the healthcare field. The primary purpose behind the several delays has been to give healthcare practices more opportunity to prepare for the transition. As a result, a great number of companies have gone far beyond mere readiness.[read more]

ACO Is Not One Size Fits All

August 6, 2014 by Abby Norman

A common misconception about ACO conversion is that there is a single method of planning and implementation that will work for all healthcare organizations. To dispel this belief is first and foremost in understanding the reality of ACO conversion for your organization.[read more]

Toughest Challenges with Implementing the Latest HIPAA Regulations

August 5, 2014 by Mike Solomonov

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Some of the newest findings on HIPAA compliance represent the top challenges faced by companies and health care institutions dealing with the laws on sensitive patient data. Now provider administrators and others are looking at issues like HIPAA-compliant hosting for Web-delivered systems, compliance for cloud security and other HIPAA requirements.[read more]

Clinical Trials for Health Information Technology

August 2, 2014 by David E Williams

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The government and healthcare providers are investing a fortune in health IT. A lot of time, effort and cash has been spent on installing EHRs and getting the initial data into them. But the real clinical and financial value will come from using the information in electronic health records for better communication and clinical decision making.[read more]

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Why Mobile Apps Will Become Synonymous with Patient Care

August 1, 2014 by Phil Cohen

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Now that medical practices have begun using electronic medical records, embracing a mobile application is the most natural next step. People of all ages and income levels are using mobile technology to manage their lives. With the right patient care app, they can manage their healthcare as well.[read more]

Top 10 ICD-10 Codes You Won't Believe Are Real

July 30, 2014 by Abby Norman

ICD-10's top 10 head-scratchers

The hassle of adopting ICD-10 has only just begun for some - others might imply that they’ve been waiting for it for years, having started preparations many moons ago. While I’m sure any medical coder would tell you that they have a list of crucial and obvious missing codes, some of them seem a little odd to me.[read more]

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How Big Data Hadoop Can Save Patients from a Crippling Healthcare System

July 28, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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Hadoop to the rescue?

One of the biggest challenges that our information-driven healthcare industry faces is the fact that data is growing faster than healthcare organizations can consume it. 80% of medical data is unstructured, yet clinically relevant. The Big Data solution could be Hadoop and the Enterprise Data Hub.[read more]