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How Healthcare Blockchain Can Help Overcome IT Barriers

HITInfrastructure The excitement surrounding blockchain’s possibilities for enterprise IT has predominantly centered on financial services. However, healthcare blockchain could also provide solutions to IT challenges facing healthcare organizations and consumers. There are several challenges in healthcare that blockchain could help with, including data exchange barriers, supply chain problems, and p...


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Can Virtual Assistants Eliminate EHR Usability Pain Points?

EHRIntelligence The ubiquity of EHR technology in healthcare has done little to improve its reputation among its users. Despite efforts from federal regulators, industry associations, and healthcare leaders, providers across the care continuum are still struggling with huge amounts of frustration, stress, and burnout caused by interacting with EHR tools on a daily basis. Many industry leaders place the ...

What Is Deep Learning and How Will It Change Healthcare?

HealthITAnalytics Healthcare organizations of all sizes, types, and specialties are becoming increasingly interested in how artificial intelligence can support better patient care while reducing costs and improving efficiencies. Over a relatively short period of time, the availability and sophistication of AI has exploded, leaving providers, payers, and other stakeholders with a dizzying array of tools, t...

How to Comply with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

HealthITSecurity As more healthcare organizations face the daunting task of dealing with a data breach, more of them will have to become intimately familiar with the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule. The rule requires HIPAA covered entities and business associates (BAs) to provide notification to individuals, regulators, and the media following a breach of protected health information (PHI). But the devil,...

Developing Patient Teach-Back to Improve Patient Education

PatientEngagementHIT As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, medical professionals know that a well-informed patient is a more engaged, healthier, and less costly patient. Critical to supplementing those efforts is ensuring patients understand a care concept. Patient teach-back has emerged as a key strategy for supporting patient education. Clinicians are encountering patient populations who largely don&r...

Combating Chronic Disease through the Social Determinants of Health

HealthITAnalytics Healthcare providers do their very best to understand everything they need to know about their patients during the few scant minutes they are able to spend with each individual.  Once or twice a year, or maybe when a sore throat strikes, providers collect data on current medications, chat about new problems, and order a prescription or two before sending the individual on his way. F...

Integrating a Telehealth Platform into a Diabetes Prevention Program

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth technology is helping to improve care management and coordination for the estimated 30 million Americans living with diabetes. Now, providers are moving into connected care technology to help more than 84 million at risk of acquiring the chronic disease. By using a virtual care platform and mHealth devices, providers can expand the range of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP...

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...

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 ...

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