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Defending Against Healthcare Ransomware Attacks

HealthITSecurity Healthcare ransomware attacks have become a security nightmare for many organizations over the last couple of years. Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents or limits users from accessing their systems, either by locking the systems’ screens or by locking the users' files unless a ransom is paid. Ransomware attacks are a key cybersecurity threat for all organizations, not...


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Using Health IT to Meet Medicaid Population Health, Socioeconomic Needs

HealthITAnalytics Despite the fact that one out of every five members of the United States population is covered under Medicaid, providers dedicated to serving this segment of the market can often feel as if they are operating in a slightly separate world. Distinct regulatory and reimbursement programs, coupled with eligibility structures highly individualized on the state level, can lead to a sense ...

Reconciling the Opioid Crisis with Delivering Quality Patient Experience

PatientEngagementHIT Every day, 115 Americans die after overdosing on an opioid. The rate of opioid-related deaths increased nearly threefold between 2002 and 2015, and heroin-related overdose deaths increased more than six times over during that same time period. These statistics highlight an imperative to reevaluate the use of opioids in pain management and how opioids factor into the patient experience. O...

Picking The Right Telehealth Platform For a Small or Solo Practice

mHealthIntelligence For a small practice or solo physician, launching a virtual care platform might seem like a waste of time and money, especially in a climate where both are in such short supply. But telemedicine offers vital operational and clinical benefits that might mean the difference between a healthy practice and one that goes under. The trick is in choosing the right service. “It’s def...

How Hyperconverged Infrastructure Improves Health IT Functionality

HITInfrastructure Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a future-looking technology that can help organizations overcome the challenges of shoestring budgets, increasing demands for data access, and the need to remain flexible in an era of continuous innovation. While virtualization-based solutions in particular can be intimidating to healthcare organizations, the HCI can significantly improve overall ef...

EHR Users Want Their Time Back, and Artificial Intelligence Can Help

HealthITAnalytics Healthcare is a world full of adages, aphorisms, and narratives.  From “first, do no harm” and the “triple aim” to “keeping the patient in the center of care” while snatching that “low-hanging fruit,” providers and regulators seem to love summing up their goals, guidance, and priorities into pithy phrases that can help them communicate...

What Healthcare Providers Must Know About the HIPAA Security Rule

HealthITSecurity Healthcare organizations are facing increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity attacks, which is pushing entities to remain vigilant in keeping protected health in formation (PHI) secure. The HIPAA Security Rule is a national standard that can help organizations maintain current and comprehensive healthcare data security. Established in 2003, the HIPAA Security Rule was designed “to ...

Faulkner Guides Epic Systems from EHR to Comprehensive Health Record

HealthITAnalytics Epic Systems founder and CEO Judy Faulkner has a reputation for big ideas. And with some of the top health systems in the country among her customers and around two-thirds of patients owning a current Epic record, the company and its leader tend to have their sites set at scale. Faulkner has dedicated decades to growing her company into a market mover that features prominently in any dis...

Telehealth, mHealth Make Nurses Pivotal Presence in Healthcare

mHealthIntelligence Healthcare providers are finding that mHealth and telehealth programs designed specifically with the nurse in mind are improving clinical and workflow outcomes much better than a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Realizing that the nurse is often the first point of contact for the patient, they’re designing connected health programs and tools that accentuate the nurse&rsquo...

Incorporating Patient Engagement into Patient Safety Initiatives

PatientEngagementHIT Ensuring patient safety is a vital part of medical care and a key component of a quality healthcare experience. As healthcare professionals work to deliver care free of medical error, they are also recognizing the tremendous role patient engagement can play in driving patient safety initiatives. Healthcare professionals face calls to reduce patient safety issues on both a financial and m...

Planning for Data Backup, Recovery in Health IT Infrastructure

HITInfrastructure Healthcare data backup and data recovery are critical components of every health IT infrastructure. The inability to access data is a serious issue in healthcare. Organizations constantly face the possibility of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and natural disasters that can make it impossible for clinicians to access the data they need to treat patients. It’s not a question of i...

HIEs Consider Joining Ambitious ONC Health Data Exchange Framework

EHRIntelligence After months of development, ONC released its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft in an effort to push the healthcare industry closer toward its goal of achieving true interoperability characterized by advanced health data exchange. In accordance with provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, the framework primarily aims to give patients access to their electron...

The Difference Between Healthcare Data Encryption, De-identification

HealthITSecurity As healthcare organizations invest in the latest technological advances for cost savings and better patient care, cybersecurity measures must also be considered. Healthcare data encryption and the de-identification of data are two essential methods for maintaining ePHI security. The terms might seem similar, and they both involve changing the readability of data or how the data can be tr...

Improving Pediatric Patient Experiences with Age-Appropriate Education

PatientEngagementHIT For pediatric patients and their parent caregivers, fear in a hospital is a normal thing. Young patients can experience sensory overload, parent and child are often separated during procedures, and there is the looming fear of an adverse health event.   High anxiety can be detrimental to the pediatric patient experience, but many children’s hospitals are taking creative and ef...

Store-and-Forward Telemedicine Services Expand Connected Health

mHealthIntelligence The emergence of asynchronous, or store-and-forward, telemedicine is giving rise to new platforms that stress collaboration and best practices over real-time, video-based treatment. Telemedicine is generally divided into three modalities: real-time (or live video); asynchronous (store-and-forward; sometimes called capture, store and forward); and remote patient monitoring. Whereas real-t...

Understanding Healthcare Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

HITInfrastructure Healthcare Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), sometimes called Hardware-as-a-Service, is becoming more popular as organizations migrate parts of their infrastructure to the cloud. Infrastructure delivered as a service can significantly cut back on costs and give organizations access to the latest hardware without having to purchase, install, or maintain the tools in their own facility. ...

Laying the Foundation for Strong Healthcare Risk Management

HealthITSecurity With cybersecurity threats becoming more sophisticated each day, healthcare organizations must implement necessary policies and procedures to keep sensitive data secure. A current and comprehensive healthcare risk management plan is a key component for maintaining data security. Healthcare risk management involves entities ensuring all of their activities, processes, and policies are wor...

What Are Precision Medicine and Personalized Medicine?

HealthITAnalytics Since the beginning of recorded history, healthcare practitioners have striven to make their actions more effective for their patients by experimenting with different treatments, observing and sharing their results, and improving upon the efforts of previous generations. Becoming more accurate, precise, proactive, and impactful for each individual that comes under their care has always b...

Effective Nurse Communication Skills and Strategies

PatientEngagementHIT In healthcare facilities, nurses can be found nearly everywhere—at patient screenings, in nursing stations, and, most importantly, with the patient in the exam room or at the bedside. Nurses are on the front lines of patient care, making nurse-patient communication essential to a positive patient experience. On a pragmatic level, nurse-patient communication is important because it ...

Is Project ECHO the Telemedicine Model That Healthcare Is Missing?

mHealthIntelligence A telemedicine platform developed about 15 years ago in New Mexico is now helping thousands of doctors across the country learn from specialists and manage care for patients with complex conditions. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) uses a hub-and-spoke model to connect rural and remote practitioners with specialists to discuss cases that would otherwise be sent to l...

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