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FHIR is Blazing a Path to Patient-Centered, Data-Driven Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics Only a few short years after the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources were introduced to the healthcare industry, almost no one knows what they are. The lengthy, somewhat cumbersome proper name has nearly disappeared from print, and is rarely to be found in online articles, vendor marketing materials, or even technical implementation guidance. No one needs to know what the Fast Hea...


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Moving Beyond the Portal with Patient Engagement Technologies

PatientEngagementHIT As value-based payments push healthcare towards a culture of patient-centered care, organizations are looking for patient engagement technologies that offer more meaningful relationships than what are typically available through a basic patient portal.   Patient portals have played a valuable role in introducing consumers to new methods of engagement with their providers.   In ...

Complying with the HIPAA Privacy Rule During Emergency Situations

HealthITSecurity Emergency situations and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, pandemics, or mass casualties, can quickly overwhelm healthcare systems. The last thing on people’s minds in those situations is complying with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Sometimes, but not always, HHS steps in and issues a waiver of some HIPAA requirements. For example, during Hurricane Florence, which ravaged the Caroli...

How Health Data Standards Support Healthcare Interoperability

EHRIntelligence Achieving true healthcare interoperability across the care continuum is a top priority for providers, payers, and other key industry stakeholders. Seamless, comprehensive data sharing is particularly important for healthcare organizations looking to earn incentive payments through the CMS Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program, formerly known as meaningful use. The adoption and use of h...

Patient Privacy Rights Education Requires Provider Input

HealthITSecurity For healthcare to work for everyone, providers and other organizations face the responsibility of providing patient privacy rights education and safeguarding patient data. When a patient goes to the doctor for the first time, he or she is asked to sign a HIPAA Release Form authorizing the provider to use and potentially disclose protected health information (PHI) to inform decision-...

EHR Usability, Workflow Strategies for Reducing Physician Burnout

EHRIntelligence The passage of the HITECH Act of 2009 marked the dawn of a technological transformation in healthcare and led to widespread electronic health record (EHR) use in hospitals, physician offices, and health systems. After almost a decade of federal incentives and regulations geared towards increasing adoption, EHR use is nearly universal across care settings. While the digitization of the he...

How to Choose a Population Health Management Company

HealthITAnalytics Population health management is quickly becoming a critical competency for healthcare organizations large and small.  From the primary care offices responsible for preventive services to inpatient hospitals on the hook for penalties around 30-day readmissions, understanding patterns of risk and acting proactively to avoid expensive health events are crucial for success in a val...

Using Telehealth Technology for Care Coordination During a Disaster

mHealthIntelligence When disaster strikes, healthcare providers are usually among the first to arrive, carrying whatever they need to deliver quick and urgent care. Telehealth is now a critical part of the first responder toolkit, giving providers the help they need to create connected care platforms that improve care coordination and management. EMTs, fire and rescue crews, Red Cross personnel and the mili...

Using Telehealth to Coordinate Care for Substance Abuse Disorders

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth and mHealth are giving healthcare providers a well-stocked toolbox to treat people with substance abuse disorders and addiction issues, many of whom require around-the-clock, on-demand support and care coordination to stay on a treatment plan and avoid relapses. With an estimated 115 people dying each day from opioid abuse, the issue has become an epidemic, drawing attention f...

How AI, Blockchain Combine to Fuel Healthcare Big Data Analytics

HealthITAnalytics Every healthcare organization across the care continuum is currently racing to gain an edge over their peers by using big data analytics to provide the best solution to the puzzle of the Triple Aim. There are countless impactful strategies to help organizations reduce costs and improve outcomes by leveraging data, but the past few months have seen two intriguing concepts rise above the r...

Medical Device Security Requires Collaborative Action from Industry

HealthITSecurity Medical device security has become a much bigger concerns for healthcare organizations since ransomware attackers began using vulnerable medical devices in their attack campaigns. There has always been industry and regulatory concern about the risks that vulnerable medical devices could posed to patient safety. However, attackers using medical devices to harm patients is a rare occurrenc...

How Non-Clinical Staff Enable Patient Engagement, Care Coordination

PatientEngagementHIT Whether they are called patient navigators, advocates, coaches, or community health workers, non-clinical health workers are becoming increasingly important for patient engagement and care coordination. About half of all healthcare workers are non-clinical staff. This includes community health workers, patient navigators, health coaches, and other individuals who interact with patients b...

Using Big Data Analytics for Patient Safety, Hospital Acquired Conditions

HealthITAnalytics Prediction and prevention are the two main goals for patient safety experts seeking to avoid adverse events and reduce the prevalence of hospital acquired conditions (HACs).   While workflow strategies, staff training, and human factors play a critical role in helping hospitals get ahead of infections, falls, pressure ulcers, and medication errors, big data analytics tools are ...

Choosing an Electronic Health Record: Cloud v. On Premise EHRs

EHRIntelligence Choosing the right electronic health record (EHR) system that best suits an organization’s budget, setting, practice type, and patient population can be a daunting prospect. In order to maintain consumer satisfaction and succeed with value-based care initiatives, quality improvement, and other business objectives, organizations need to ensure they are committing to a health IT suit...

5 Steps for Planning a Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Project

HealthITAnalytics Artificial intelligence and machine learning are quickly overhauling the processes of researching, purchasing, and implemented IT tools in the healthcare industry.  With new breakthroughs announced almost every day and thousands of companies competing for a piece of a spectacularly lucrative market, healthcare organizations have their hands full keeping up with the latest offerings ...

How Rideshare Companies Can Address Social Determinants of Health

PatientEngagementHIT Rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, are cruising into the healthcare spotlight. As medical professionals focus on improving patient access to care and addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH), these rideshare services are a cheap and effective option for meeting industry needs. For millions of patients across the country, getting a ride to a medical appointment is a ge...

How Healthcare Providers, Vendors Can Collaborate on IT Security

HealthITSecurity Healthcare providers and vendors struggle with some of the same  IT security challenges. When working with vendors around security issues, healthcare organizations need to go beyond the business associate agreement (BAA) required by HIPAA. They should conduct annual security assessments of their vendors and include date-specific security remediation requirements in their vendor cont...

Applying Automation Technology to Health IT Infrastructure

HITInfrastructure As healthcare organizations rely more heavily on technology to support patients and clinicians, the automation of health IT infrastructure can become a valuable strategy for reducing waste and improving performance. Automation can be applied to different IT infrastructure systems, such as network monitoring or data recovery, both of which are too data-intensive to function optimally with...

What Are the Benefits of Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)?

EHRIntelligence As healthcare organizations continue to utilize data that is becoming increasingly complex, it is essential that the data is captured and documented properly. Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) helps ensure that the events of the patient encounter are captured accurately and the electronic health record properly reflects the services that were provided. “Successful clinical d...

Remote Patient Monitoring Brings mHealth Care Management Into the Home

mHealthIntelligence Remote patient monitoring programs have the potential to reduce chronic care costs and hospital readmissions and improve clinical outcomes by moving care out of the hospital or doctor’s office and into the home. Most of these programs focus on the collection of patient-generated health data from the home, through devices and mobile health platforms that connect to the primary care ...

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