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Implementing Cybersecurity Frameworks in Healthcare Settings

HealthITSecurity Cybersecurity is no longer a topic that healthcare organizations can ignore, especially with covered entities working toward interoperability, implementing connected medical devices, and utilizing EHRs. There are several cybersecurity frameworks that have been created to help organizations across industries keep their networks secure, but what are healthcare entities required to implement?...


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Judy Faulkner: Epic is Changing the Big Data, Interoperability Game

HealthITAnalytics In the flashy, crowded, dizzyingly large vendor halls at the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, attendees tend to find their way around by using some of the biggest, tallest, or most unique booths as a compass.  A left at Cerner; a...

How Do Patient Portals and Personal Health Records Differ?

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals and personal health records (PHRs) have both received considerable praise for their role in increasing patient engagement. However, distinguishing between the two forms of health IT tools can often be difficult, due to nebulous...

Examining the Rocky Road to Telehealth Parity

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth advocates have long argued that online and digital healthcare should be treated the same as in-person healthcare. But the call for parity isn’t so simple. Parity in telehealth is approached on two levels: Service and payment....

Considerations for Deploying Healthcare Wireless Networks

HITInfrastructure Wireless networks are the lifeblood health IT infrastructure, but developing and deploying reliable WiFi to support present and future IT initiatives can be a challenge.   Clinicians and staff are becoming dependent on mobile and connected...

How FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity Guidance Affects Providers

HealthITSecurity With the continued push for interoperability and integration of EHRs into daily use, connected medical devices are quickly becoming more common tools for healthcare providers. However, similar to the way computer networks and systems can become...

Health Information Governance Strategies for Unstructured Data

HealthITAnalytics While electronic health records still have the potential to standardize care by enabling advanced analytics and informing clinical decision-making, much of the data held within these systems – and a large proportion of the data used in...

Exploring Two-Sided Financial Risk in Alternative Payment Models

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based care becomes the name of the game in healthcare, public and private payers are pushing providers to take on more financial accountability for their services through alternative payment models. In a fee-for-service world, providers...

21st Century Cures Act Rekindles Information Blocking Debate

HealthITAnalytics While primarily billed as a much-needed influx of funding for precision medicine, the 21st Century Cures Act is poised to do much more for healthcare than it appears on the surface. In addition to adjusting drug development rules for pharmaceutical...

Balancing Patient Portal Privacy and Access for Pediatric Care

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals are an important regulatory requirement, with industry professionals touting their ability to better engage the patient and help all participating parties manage patient health. While pediatric and adult patients tend to use the...

State Data Breach Notification Laws Critical to Healthcare Orgs

HealthITSecurity The HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Data Breach Notification Rules require covered entities and business associates to take great care with how PHI is handled, stored, and transferred. Should patient data become compromised, healthcare organizations...

The Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth for Specialists

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth’s potential has always revolved around bringing the doctor to the patient, no matter where each are located. While the concept most often applies to acute or primary care providers, its success is often more visibly demonstrated...

Using Risk Scores, Stratification for Population Health Management

HealthITAnalytics Population health management requires providers to maintain a delicate balance between taking a long view of generalized patient trends and focusing personal attention on the individual and the distinctive circumstances that will influence her...

Why Application Programming Interfaces Are Key for Healthcare

HITInfrastructure Healthcare organizations seeking to create interoperability between internal apps, EHRs, and other data exchange tools, are increasingly turning to application programming interfaces (APIs) to manage the flow of information between disparate...

Top Revenue Cycle Management Vendors and How to Select One

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based reimbursement models, such as the upcoming Quality Payment Program, break down the walls between care quality and healthcare payments, more providers have set their sights on implementing vendor-sponsored revenue cycle management...

What Providers Should Know to Improve Patient Access to Healthcare

PatientEngagementHIT Patient engagement, consumer satisfaction, and patient access to healthcare are three of the most critical pieces of the value-based care puzzle. As outcomes, satisfaction, and patient loyalty become more important to financial security for healthcare...

Solutions for Addressing Health Information Exchange Challenges

HealthITInteroperability “Hospitals and physicians are now exchanging more electronic health information than ever before,” the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology told Congress in an annual report from early November....

Understanding HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Options for Health IT

HITInfrastructure Healthcare providers looking for HIPAA-compliant applications, storage, and networking options are increasingly turning to the cloud, which has quickly become a low-cost way to develop the complex infrastructure required to support a variety...

Factors Behind the Adoption of School-based Telehealth

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth is changing how schools deliver healthcare services for both students and staff. Gone are the days when the school nurse would sit in a tiny room near the principal’s office, administering Band-Aids and aspirin and babysitting...

Enabling Providers to Use Truly HIPAA Compliant Email

HealthITSecurity As technology continues to evolve, healthcare organizations of all sizes are working to remain current in what they can offer to providers and patients while also keeping PHI secure. Covered entities now have various options of communication,...

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