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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...


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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 ...

Can Health IT Platforms Support Success as Artificial Intelligence Looms?

HealthITAnalytics The healthcare industry is frequently labeled as one of the slowest sectors to adopt new technologies, respond to consumer demands, and implement process changes that take advantage of the type of big data analytics that are revolutionizing retail, manufacturing, banking, and other segments of the national economy. Most stakeholders would agree that the criticism isn’t entirely unw...

Perils of Healthcare Phishing and What You Can Do About It

HealthITSecurity The old stereotype used to be that doctors didn’t work on Wednesday because they were out playing golf or fishing. Today, healthcare phishing is no joke to doctors, many of whom work on Wednesdays and weekends, or for other healthcare professionals. It is a real danger to everyone in healthcare. In fact, phishing has become the preferred method for hackers to get access to healthca...

Addressing Healthcare Network Connectivity Challenges

HITInfrastructure Network connectivity is a critical piece of health IT infrastructure. As organizations continue to add connected medical devices and other IT tools to their digital environments, reliable networks are required to allow providers to interact with information more quickly, so they can spend more time interacting with patients. Connected medical devices include more than just the smartphone...

Setting the Stage for Value-Based Care with Patient Data Access

EHRIntelligence Increasing patient satisfaction is one of the top goals of value-based care, and patient data access can be a key way to reach that goal. However, both patients and providers are often unsure about patients being able to access their own health information. Providers may be hesitant because they are uncertain whether or not a patient will fully understand what is being said in her clinic...

Using Telehealth, mHealth Technology to Help Seniors Age in Place

mHealthIntelligence From innovative connected care platforms to the Internet of Things, telehealth is showing today’s seniors (and tomorrow’s soon-to-be seniors) how they can live out their golden years in their own homes. The projected surge in Baby Boomer seniors, combined with an overtaxed healthcare system running short on doctors and nurses, is helping to put the focus on telehealth and mHe...

Using Shared Decision-Making to Improve Patient Engagement

PatientEngagementHIT As healthcare professionals face changing consumer demands and calls for increased patient engagement, many organizations are turning to shared decision-making as a key strategy for activating patients in their own treatment. According to the ONC, shared decision-making (SDM) is “a process in which clinicians and patients work together to make decisions and select tests, treatments...

What Is the ONC Health IT Certification Program?

EHRIntelligence Health IT companies and innovators offer a number of different types of EHR technology and EHR-integrated health IT solutions to the provider community. These tools include everything from patient portals to voice recognition software, and they all aim to help providers deliver high quality care to satisfied, engaged patients. Health IT companies design technologies with an eye toward bo...

Artificial Intelligence Promises a New Paradigm for Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics The speed with which artificial intelligence has become an inescapable component of every new technology offering is either highly encouraging or deeply troubling, depending on the observer’s zeal or trepidation around the notion of integrating data-rich algorithms into the complex and highly personal practice of caring for patients. Unease over AI is still common, and perhaps some...

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