Exec Tells Congress That New Health Data Threats Are Emerging
A senior security executive with a major academic health system has told Congress that in addition to attacks by random attackers, healthcare organizations are facing new threats which are changing the health security landscape. Erik Decker, chief security and privacy officer with the University of Chicago Medicine, testified on behalf of the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security in mid-June. He made his comments in support of the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, whose purpose is to improve the U.S. public health and medical preparedness for emergencies. In his ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Cloud Computing Connected Health Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Security Healthcare Leadership HIPAA Breaches Chief Pr Source Type: blogs

IT and Affordability, Care for the Poor, Population Health in Low-income Areas – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 6/22 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Lenny Liebmann (@LennyLiebmann) on the topic of “IT and Affordability, Care for the Poor, Population Health in Low-income Areas.” Technology can do a lot for healthcare delivery. But can technology—and technologists—specifically improve delivery for the economically disadvantaged and under-served? Or are the financial incentives in our industry too heavily stacked against such efforts? Please join us this Friday, ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT #HITsm Topics Source Type: blogs

5 Steps to Ensure Revenue Integrity After Implementing a New EHR
The following is a guest blog post by Lisa Eramo, a regular contributor to Kareo’s Go Practice Blog. In the rush to implement EHRs for Meaningful Use incentives, many practices lost sight of what matters most for continued success—revenue integrity, says Joette Derricks, healthcare compliance and revenue integrity consultant in Baltimore, MD. Revenue integrity—the idea that practices must take proactive steps to capture and retain revenue—isn’t a novel concept. However, it’s becoming increasingly important for physician practices operating in a regulatory-driven environment, she adds. Re...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Certified EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Meaningful Use Medical Economics Revenue Cycle Management CPT Training EHR Billing EHR Templates ICD-10 Training Joette Derricks Kareo Lisa Eram Source Type: blogs

Doctors at the Nurses Station – Fun Friday
Time for a little Fun Friday as we head into the weekend. This week’s Fun Friday is a video from ZDoggMD as his alter ego, Doc Vader. In this video Doc Vader spends time at the nurses station. There’s some funny truth to the idea of doctors trying to do the work that nurses do. Always important to remember how important every person in a healthcare organization is to the success of the healthcare organization. Enjoy the video and the weekend! Related Posts Dear Nurses – Fun Friday Doc Vader Goes Rogue – Fun Friday (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare Doc Vader Doctors Nurses ZDoggMD Source Type: blogs

Creating Provider Loyalty – And Why Communication Matters
The following is a guest blog post by Chelsea Kimbrough from Stericycle Communication Solutions, as part of the Communication Solutions Series of blog posts. Follow and engage with them on Twitter: @StericycleComms A few months ago, I was on the hunt for the perfect healthcare provider – and my list of expectations was high. Thankfully, my extensive search paid off. I am happy to report I found an amazing physician who I fully plan on remaining loyal to for years to come! The main reason for this loyalty boils down to one common characteristic: communication. Across every step of my patient journey, I was engaged in...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 14, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare Healthcare Communication HealthCare IT Patients Chelsea Kimbrough Communication Solutions Series Health Care Communications Patient Experience Patient Online Check-In Stericycle Stericycle Communication Solutions Source Type: blogs

The Widening Gap in Dementia Care and One Woman ’s Crusade to Address it
According to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), someone in the world develops dementia every 3 seconds. An estimated 50 million people had dementia in 2017. That number is expected to grow to 75 million people by 2030. In 2017, Dr. Anitha Rao, a board certified geriatric neurologist and CEO of neurocern, published a paper that highlighted the uneven distribution of trained dementia specialists in the United States. Her paper pointed to 20 States that were “Dementia Deserts” where there was insufficient access to specialists given the number of Dementia patients. Without intervention, this gap in Dem...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: Patients AHIP Alzheimer's Dementia neurocern Source Type: blogs

CMS Wants Interoperability. Should Patient Data Access Champions Cheer – or Not? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 6/15 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Janice McCallum (@janicemccallum) on the topic of “CMS Wants Interoperability. Should Patient Data Access Champions Cheer – or Not?.” Earlier this year at HIMSS18 and HealthDataPalooza, Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, announced the MyHealthEData initiative that places a priority on interoperability of EHRs, a long desired objective of health data enthusiasts. The MyHealthEData initiative proposes open APIs with common d...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Clinical Decision Support Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Health IT Expo Source Type: blogs

Stanford Survey Generates Predictable Result: Doctors Want EHR Changes
I know you’re going to have trouble believing this, but many PCPs think EHRs need substantial changes. Such is the unsurprising conclusion drawn by a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Stanford Medicine. The poll, which took place between March 2 and March 27 of this year, surveyed 521 PCPs licensed to practice in the U.S. who have been using their current EHR system for at least one month. The physicians were recruited via snail mail from the American Medical Association Masterfile. Figures for years in practice by gender, region and primary medical specialty were weighted where necessary to bring them...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Clinical Decision Support EHR EHR Benefits Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Revenue Cycle Management Source Type: blogs

Health IT Leaders Fear Insider Security Threats More Than Cyberattacks
A recently-published survey suggests that while most health IT security leaders feel confident they can handle external attacks, they worry about insider threats. Cybersecurity vendor Imperva spoke with 102 health IT professionals at the recent HIMSS show to find out what their most pressing security concerns were and how prepared they were to address them. The survey found that 73% of organizations had a senior information security leader such as a CISO in place. Another 14% were hoping to hire one within the next 12 months. Only 14% said they didn’t have a senior infosec pro in place and weren’t looking to hi...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Security HIPAA General CISO Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Forensics HIMSS18 Imperva Incident Analysis Infosec Insider Threats Source Type: blogs

HITExpo ThankTanks Spur Online Discussion on the Nature of EHRs, Innovation & Patient Experience
Last week at the inaugural 2018 Health IT Expo (#HITExpo), we kicked things off with three ThinkTank sessions: Going Beyond EHRs – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULVQA4xEIRU Practical Innovation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uc9_BCKQ84 Communication & Patient Engagement – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60MAP04MoOw These ThinkTanks were live-streamed via YouTube and were meant to engage members of the #HITMC, #HITsm, #hcldr and other online communities who could not be with us in person in New Orleans. Looking back over the tweets I believe it would be safe to say: mission accomplished. The on...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: EMR 2018 Health IT Expo Blockchain HITExpo Patient Engagement Patient Experience Source Type: blogs

IBM Watson Health Layoffs Suggests AI Strategy Isn ’t Working
IBM Watson Health is apparently making massive cuts to its staff, in a move suggesting that its healthcare AI isn’t working. Watson Health leaders have argued that AI (which Watson Health leaders call “cognitive computing”) as the solution to many of the healthcare industry’s problems. IBM pitched Watson technology as a revolutionary tool which could get to the root of difficult medical problems. Over time, however, it’s begun to look like this wasn’t going to happen, at least for the present. Among other high-profile goofs, IBM Watson has struggled with applying the supercomputing tech ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Chatbots EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Healthcare AI HealthCare IT Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Cognitive Computing DeepMind Health Google IBM Watson Health IBM Watson Hea Source Type: blogs

How Technology and Healthcare Should Gracefully Collide to Provide the Best Patient Experience – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 6/8 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Jeanne Bliss (@jeannebliss) and Michelle Chaffee (@mdchaffee) on the topic of “How Technology and Healthcare Should Gracefully Collide to Provide the Best Patient Experience.” Enhancing patient engagement and improving patient experience are priorities for many hospitals and health systems. And customer experience in healthcare must be a balance of human care and technical care – only when it enhances and improved human ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Clinical Decision Support Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Health IT Expo Source Type: blogs

“Shadow” Devices Expose Networks To New Threats
A new report by security vendor Infoblox suggests that threats posed by “shadow” personal devices connected to healthcare networks are getting worse. The study, which looks at healthcare organizations in the US, UK, Germany, and UAE, notes that the average organization has thousands of personal devices connected to their enterprise network. Including personal laptops, Kindles and mobile phones. Employees from the US and the UK report using personal devices connected to their enterprise network for multiple activities, including social media use (39%), downloading apps (24%), games (13%) and films (7%), the repo...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 4, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Biometrics EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Security HIPAA General mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Security Wearables Amazon Alexa Antivirus Softw Source Type: blogs

Alexa Voice Assistant Centerpiece Of Amazon Health Effort
I don’t know about you, but until recently I had thought of the Amazon Echo is something of a toy. From what I saw, it seemed too cute, too gimmicky and definitely too expensive for my taste. Then I had a chance to try out the Echo my mother kept in her kitchen. It’s almost embarrassing to say how quickly I was hooked. I didn’t even use many of Alexa’s capabilities. All I had to do was command her to play some music, answer some questions and do a search on the Amazon.com site and I was convinced I needed to have one. Its $99 price suddenly seemed like a bargain. Of course, being a health IT geek I ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - June 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Connected Health Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Care Healthcare Healthcare Business HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA General Alexa Amazon Amazon Echo Amazon Healthcare Berkshire Ha Source Type: blogs

How to Introduce Microservices in a Legacy Healthcare Environment
The following is a guest blog post by Nick Vennaro, Co-founder of Capto Consulting. Healthcare as a whole is finding new ways to use technology to improve population health and patient experience. Population health is looking for a spectrum of precision in patient and provider data as well as clinical cost metrics and matching that data to patient communication, metrics and clinical outcomes. Patient experience requires streamlining information that is both timely and personalized, which is hard to accomplish with monolithic systems. A monolithic system is usually one that has grown over many years and performs numerous fu...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Astro Teller Capto Consulting Healthcare Legacy Software Healthcare Microservices Legacy Healthcare IT Michael Feathers Nick Vennaro Source Type: blogs

Bringing Their Valuable Experience to Healthcare Wasn ’t Black & White for Zebra Technologies
Earlier this year I wrote about the strong contingent of non-healthcare companies that exhibited at HIMSS18. Ever since then I have been curious to find out more about these companies – especially how they adopted their solutions to healthcare and how as outsiders they view the industry as a whole. One of the companies that caught my eye was Zebra Technologies, a company that has a long history of providing mobility solutions for retail, manufacturing and government. In retail, for example, Zebra provides devices and software that consolidates inventory data from multiple source systems and delivers that date in real...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 31, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: EMR Source Type: blogs

What Will 5G Mean for Healthcare?
#5G Faster In So Many Ways… #EW #StreetLights #IoT #IoE #HID #Health #EMR #GHz #FrequencyWarfare#HighFrequencyPulsedRadiation #Cancer #Satellites #SpaceX #Skynet pic.twitter.com/BGgYaXAXjx — Nick Myer (@nickmyer) May 27, 2018 The above tweet also included an image, but I decided it was too disturbing to embed on this blog. Yeah, I know that means you all just clicked through to see it. While a bit disturbing, the picture definitely made me stop and ask the question, “What does 5G mean for healthcare?” I’m not sure how many people have been following 5G, but it’s getting really close to...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT 5G Healthcare Internet Source Type: blogs

Memorial Day – #VegasStrong
This Memorial Day has a little extra meaning for those of us that live in Las Vegas. It’s the first memorial day since the tragedy that happened on the strip in Las Vegas. The above photo is a memorial that’s been set up for the victims of the tragedy about 1/2 a mile from my house. It’s a stark reminder of an enormous tragedy. However, on Memorial Day it’s also a reminder of the thousands who have given their lives for the freedoms we do enjoy. I’m grateful for their sacrifice and appreciate them and all those who have passed on in defending freedom. I hope everyone has an enjoyable Memorial ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Memorial Day Source Type: blogs

Physician Burnout, a Healthcare Issue Unique to Our Healthcare Providers
The following is a guest blog post by Justin Campbell, Vice President, Strategy, at Galen Healthcare Solutions. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction…but I try, and I try, and I try, and I try – Rolling Stones In a 2018 Medscape survey exploring the professional satisfaction of providers, 42 percent of 15,000 survey respondents reported feeling burnt out with their jobs, up from an overall rate of 40 percent in 2017. In recent years, physician burnout has become a serious industry issue, with national policy discussions ensuing on how to best combat the problem. Researchers have drawn correlations b...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Consultant EMR Implementation HealthCare IT Clinical Workflow EHR Audit Logs EHR Data EHR Efficiency Galen Healthcare Solutions HITExpo Justin Campbell Physician Bu Source Type: blogs

Origin Story: Paul M Black, CEO of Allscripts – Deep Roots and Optimism in Healthcare
This is first in a new series of articles. Over the coming weeks and months I will be publishing the origin stories of interesting, inspiring people in healthcare. These men and women come from all walks of life. Some are titans in the industry, others are leading grass-roots efforts. All are making an impact on healthcare. As a self-professed comic-book geek, I am fascinated by origin stories – the account or back-story that reveals how someone became who they are today. Origin stories add to the overall narrative and give reasons for a person’s intentions. Knowing someone’s origin stories can give clues...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 24, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Colin Hung Tags: HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Interviews Allscripts Allscripts CEO Cerner Eclipsys McKesson misys Paul Black Source Type: blogs

How Health IT Helps and Hurts Patients – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/25 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Amanda (@LALupusLady) on the topic of “How Health IT Helps and Hurts Patients (Especially Those with Chronic Conditions).” Health IT is a powerful tool. It has changed the way patients, especially people with chronic illnesses live with and manage their care. As a woman living with multiple autoimmune illnesses for over three decades, my perspective is unique as I have seen the shift and how providers have been eager to adopt ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Clinical Decision Support Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Amanda Health IT Expo LALupusLady Source Type: blogs

The State Of Healthcare Cybersecurity (Part 2)
In Part 1 of this series, which drew data from a study by Black Book Market Research, I described how insecure healthcare leaders felt their cybersecurity protections to be. I also noted that a large number of providers are struggling to recruit senior health IT experts, and as a result are basically winging it when it comes to breach protection. Healthcare organizations’ data security problems run deeper than that, however, the study suggests. Not only are C-level execs finding security investments to be troublesome, IT managers responding to the survey admit that they, too, feel that they are not fully prepared to ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 22, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR EHR Jobs Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Security Health Care Healthcare Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA Breaches Mobile Apps Mobile Health Security Black Book Market Research Cyberatta Source Type: blogs

The State Of Healthcare Cybersecurity (Part 1)
Healthcare data has never been under more outside threats than it is today. For a number of reasons, this data has become more attractive to cybercriminals and can be sold on the dark web for a pretty penny. Not only that, emerging threats like ransomware attacks are hitting home and wreaking havoc with the institutions they target. Unfortunately, according to a new study by Black Book Market Research, healthcare organizations don’t seem to be adequately prepared for this onslaught. The survey, which collected responses from more than 2,464 security pros working at 680 provider organizations, found that health IT lea...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 21, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Selection Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA Breaches Black Book Market Research Chief Information Officer Chief Security Officer Healthcare Data Breach Source Type: blogs

Coworker Humor – Fun Friday
It’s Friday! Time to get ready for the weekend with a little co-worker humor: Fact! pic.twitter.com/7GcTZo20Wc — Gaming Humor & News (@VGFGamers) May 18, 2018 Good teammates definitely feel like a mythical creature. They’re really really hard to find. So, once you find them, be extremely grateful. It’s amazing how much your teammates impact you. I love that this tweet was about gamers, but it’s true in work and life as well. Related Posts No related posts. (Source: EMR and HIPAA)
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Fun Friday Source Type: blogs

Healthcare AI Needs a Breadth and Depth of Data
Today I’m enjoying the New England HIMSS Spring Conference including an amazing keynote session by Dale Sanders from Health Catalyst. Next week I’ll be following up this blog post with some other insights that Dale shared at the New England HIMSS event, but today I just wanted to highlight one powerful concept that he shared: Healthcare AI Needs a Breadth and Depth of Data As part of this idea, Dale shared the following image to illustrate how much data is really needed for AI to effectively assess our health: Thanks @drsanders Amazing Speaker “digitize assets.. #nomoreclicks roadmap of the future AI @H...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 17, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Dale Sanders Health Catalyst Healthcare Data HIMSS New England HIMSS Source Type: blogs

Strong Statements from Vinod Khosla at HLTH
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a small piece of the new HLTH conference in Las Vegas. My time at the event was cut extremely short as I had to head to Science Camp with 80 5th graders (including my daughter), but I was able to hear the opening keynotes on Sunday. I was most interested in hearing from Vinod Khosla who I don’t always agree with, but he often causes me to look at something a little different or to see the future in a new way. As usual, that’s what he delivered on stage (Between pitches for his companies of course). Here’s a look at some of the pictures and tweets I shared from Vin...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Connected Health Health Sensors Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Conferences Healthcare Testing Hlth Mark Cuban Vinod Khosla Source Type: blogs

Practical Applications of EMR Optimization Through Clinical Decision Support – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/18 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Justin Campbell (@tjustincampbell) from @GalenHealthcare on the topic of “Practical Applications of EMR Optimization Through Clinical Decision Support” As a primer for the upcoming Health IT Expo, we will be discussing practical applications of EMR optimization through clinical decision support. Optimization dominates Health IT leaders’ list of priorities as they seek to rationalize EMR investment an...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Clinical Decision Support Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics CDS EMR Optimization Galen Healthcare Solutions Health IT Expo Justin Campbell Source Type: blogs

More Than 1.1 Million Patient Records Breached During Q1 of 2018
Well, this isn’t a pretty picture. According to research by Protenus, roughly 1.3 million patient records were breached between January and March of this year. (The actual number is 1,129,744 records, for those who like to be precise.) During that quarter, the healthcare industry saw an average of at least one data breach per day, racking up 110 health data breaches during this period, according to the Protenus Breach Barometer. The researchers found that the single largest breach taking place during Q1 2018 was an intrusion involving an Oklahoma-based healthcare organization. The breach, which exposed patient billin...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 15, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Security Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Security HIPAA Breaches HIPAA News Cybersecurity Health Data Breaches Healthcare Employee Breaches Insid Source Type: blogs

How Technology Helped My Family Receive a Better Healthcare Experience
The following is a guest blog post by Brittany Quemby, Marketing Strategist for Stericycle Communication Solutions, as part of the Communication Solutions Series of blog posts. Follow and engage with them on Twitter: @StericycleComms When was the last time you had a truly outstanding patient experience? For my family, two healthcare facilities located hours apart recently teamed up to make our lives significantly more convenient. Without modern technology, however, our new reality may never have been possible. Let’s start from the beginning. A few years ago, my family member suffered a heart attack that caused a tra...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 10, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Care Management System Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Communication HealthCare IT mHealth Patients Brittany Quemby Communication Solutions Series Health Care Communications Healthcare Personalization Patient Communication Pat Source Type: blogs

Why You Shouldn ’t Take Calculated Risks with Security
The following is a guest blog post by Erin Gilmer (@GilmerHealthLaw). Calculated risks are often lauded in innovation.  However, with increasing security breaches in the tech industry, it is time to reassess the calculated risks companies take in healthcare. Time and again, I have advised technology companies and medical practices to invest in security and yet I am often met with resistance, a culture of calculated risk prevails.  To these companies and practices, this risk may make sense to them in the short term. Resources are often limited and so they often believe that they needn’t spend the time and m...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 9, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA HIPAA General mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Aetna Breach CVS Caremark Breach Erin Gilmer Grindr HIV and HIPAA OCR Source Type: blogs

Using Technology to Coordinate Care and Improve Outcomes in Behavioral Health – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/11 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Bryan Wempen (@bryanwempen) from Netsmart on the topic of “Using Technology to Coordinate Care and Improve Outcomes in Behavioral Health.” Technology is advancing rapidly and access to individual health and mental health data is starting to become more readily accessible to care providers; reimagining how care will be delivered and supported is a priority.  Example: mobile crisis team on the move utilizing mobile technol...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 8, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Behavioral Health Bryan Wempen Coordinated Care Netsmart Source Type: blogs

Google And Fitbit Partner On Wearables Data Options
Fitbit and Google have announced plans to work together, in a deal intended to “transform the future of digital health and wearables.” While the notion of transforming digital health is hyperbole even for companies the size of Google and Fitbit, the pairing does have plenty of potential. In a nutshell, Fitbit and Google expect to take on both consumer and enterprise health projects that integrate data from EMRs, wearables and other sources of patient information together. Given the players involved, it’s hard to doubt that at least something neat will emerge from their union. Among the first things the pa...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 7, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Connected Health Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Fitness Trackers Google Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Healthcare API HealthCare IT Population Health Population Health Management W Source Type: blogs

Barriers to Better Healthcare Cybersecurity
We often say in healthcare that we need to learn from other industries. We try to do that as much as possible on this blog and this is one of those cases. HIPAAEx recently shared this image that illustrates many of the barriers that local governments face to better cybersecurity. Many of them are money issues like paying high prices cybersecurity salaries and hiring and training cybersecurity staff, but the largest barrier is lack of support. See the details below: Does this sound like some of the same issues that we have when it comes to barriers to effective cybersecurity in healthcare? It does to me. While healthcare d...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 5, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT Healthcare IT Security HIPAA HIPAA General Healthcare Cybersecurity Source Type: blogs

Privacy Fears May Be Holding Back Digital Therapeutics Adoption
Consumers were already afraid that their providers might not be able to protect the privacy of their health data. Given the daily news coverage of large data breaches and since the Facebook data scandal blew up, consumers may be even less likely try out new digital health approaches. For example, a new study by innovation consultancy Enspektos has concluded that patients may be afraid to adopt digital therapeutics options. Many fear that the data might be compromised or the technology may subject them to unwanted personal surveillance. Without a doubt, digital therapeutics could have a great future. Possibilities incl...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 3, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Connected Health Digital Health Digital Therapies EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Security Health Sensors Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Devices HealthCare IT HIPAA Medical Devices Medicati Source Type: blogs

How Do You Make Health Data Useful to Individuals?
The healthcare world is flush with data and every health system seems to have a portal to access some of that data. However, far too often that data sits unused and never becomes useful for patients. At the #HIMSS18 conference, Healthcare Scene talked with Mike O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer at MedicaSoft, and Randy Farmer, Chief Operating Officer at Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) to talk about their unique approach to the personal health record and how access to this data is beneficial to patients. Mike and Randy address the questions of whether DHIN members find access to their data useful and in whic...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 2, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Population Health DHIN Health Information Exchange Healthcare Engagement HIE HIE Sustainability Medicasoft Mike O'Neill Patient Data Access Randy Farmer Source Type: blogs

Organization Structure: Should We Break Up the Traditional Pyramid? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 5/4 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by David Chou (@dchou1107) on the topic of “Organization Structure: Should We Break Up the Traditional Pyramid?” One of the big challenges in healthcare is the organizational structure. As many people have been sharing recently, the organization of healthcare is producing exactly the results it was designed to produce. Does this mean it’s time for a change? Join us for this month’s chat as we discuss healthcare’s org...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - May 1, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics David Chou Healthcare Organization Healthcare Structure Source Type: blogs

Is Health Data Privacy On Its Way Out?
As healthcare providers gradually improve their HIPAA data security and privacy compliance, one might think that the odds of a breach occurring are getting lower. Maybe that’s true within the provider organizations themselves, but there are forces outside of healthcare which will make it impossible to protect personal data in the future, according to a post on Axoblog. The piece argues that the notion of data privacy is dying. “To the extent that emails and other communications meant for designated recipients are analyzed, scraped aggregated and stored it is the opinion of this author that the protection o...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 30, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Security Health Care Healthcare Healthcare Business HealthCare IT HIPAA HITECH Social Networking Health Consumer Health Data Data Aggregators Facebook Health Data Source Type: blogs

HIT Software Upgrades and Telemedicine Humor – Fun Friday
We’re heading into the weekend and so it’s time for another Fun Friday. This first cartoon is something that all EHR users and those involved in software updates will understand. What’s interesting is that many EHR users haven’t learned the lesson from Windows updates. So many healthcare organizations are working on outdated EHR software. Of course, there’s a good balance. I’ve been at the leading edge of EHR upgrades and gotten really burnt before too. Somewhere in the middle is best. Of course, if you’re on a true cloud based EHR, then you don’t really get a choice. Somethi...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 28, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT Personal Musings Cloud Based EHR EHR Upgrades Fun Friday SAAS EHR Telemedicine Cartoons Source Type: blogs

Be Skeptical About Health IT Research Reports
Look, I get it. While advice from colleagues is fine, it’s even better to have an objective research organization tell you which vendors dominate the market and which seem to have a lot of fans. You know some of the headlines, in big bold letters: “Epic has the biggest EMR market share in the US” or “Doctors are very satisfied with eClinicalWorks.” Hey, if nothing else, you can wave the report in your boss’ face if your new system doesn’t work out. The thing is, are you getting valuable, fair, unbiased feedback from research vendors? Not necessarily. Pay for play: Some research fi...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 26, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Analyst EMR Selection Healthcare HealthCare IT Cerner eClinicalWorks EHR Research Report EMR Research Report Health IT Analyst Firm Health IT Vendor Ratings MEDITEC Source Type: blogs

More Ways AI Can Transform Healthcare
You’ve probably already heard a lot about how AI will change healthcare. Me too. Still, given its potential, I’m always interested in hearing more, and the following article struck me as offering some worthwhile ideas. The article, which was written by Humberto Alexander Lee of Tesser Health, looks at ways in which AI tools can reduce data complexity and detect patterns which would be difficult or even impossible for humans to detect. His list of AI’s transformative powers includes the following: Identifying diseases and providing diagnoses AI algorithms can predict when people are likely to develop hea...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Clinical Decision Support Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Fitness Trackers Google Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT mHealth Mobile Health Care Patient P Source Type: blogs

Dreaming BIG for Health IT – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 4/27 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Erica Johansen (@thegr8chalupa) on the topic of “Dreaming BIG for Health IT”. I’m from Texas and Texas is known for BIG things. Big skies, big ranches, and big hair… “Everything is bigger in Texas,” after all. Texas is no stranger to big ideas either and some exciting things are taking place in the Lone Star State, even as it relates to health IT. I will be hosting the chat from onsite at the Texas Region...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Erik Johansen Healthcare Dream Big Source Type: blogs

Designing for the Whole Patient Journey: Lumeon Enters the US Health Provider Market
Lots of companies strive to unshackle health IT’s potential to make the health care industry more engaging, more adaptable, and more efficient. Lumeon intrigues me in this space because they have a holistic approach that seems to be producing good results in the UK and Europe–and recently they have entered the US market. Superficially, the elements of the Lumeon platform echo advances made by many other health IT applications. Alerts and reminders? Check. Workflow automation? Check. Integration with a variety of EHRs? Of course! But there is something more to Lumeon’s approach to design that makes it a si...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Health Care Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Medical Economics Automating Processes Care Team Collaboration Clinical Workflow Design EHR Data Sharing Health Care Communications Health Data Sharing Longitudinal A Source Type: blogs

Smart Diagnosis Humor – Fun Friday
It’s Friday and so it’s time for a little fun and humor to get your weekend started. This cartoon was shared by the one and only Eric Topol. As usual, it’s going to make some people really uncomfortable. However, it also illustrates a fascinating opportunity. Especially when you look at it from a crowdsourcing type of perspective. If you have the right crowd it’s a powerful idea even if this is illustrated in a pretty funny way. Reducing diagnostic errors :-)@speedbumpcomic pic.twitter.com/IwmsBQDdi9 — Eric Topol (@EricTopol) April 19, 2018 Related Posts A Little #AHIMACon14 Twitter R...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 20, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Health Care Healthcare HealthCare IT Eric Topol Healthcare Crowdsourcing Source Type: blogs

GDPR and Why U.S. Healthcare Providers Should Care
The following is a guest blog post by Steven Marco, CISA, ITIL, HP SA and President of HIPAA One®. The European Union (EU) has drafted guidance to give citizens more control over their personal data, so what does this mean for U.S. based healthcare providers? On May 25, 2018, the EU will roll out General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new set of rules that is similar in nature to HIPAA compliance for EU countries. The effort to create GDPR started years ago in January 2012, when the European Commission began working on plans to create data protection reform across the EU so that European countries would have grea...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA General GDPR Healthcare Compliance HIPAA Risk Assessment HIPAAOne Steven Marco Source Type: blogs

London Doctors Stage Protest Over Rollout Of App
We all know that doctors don’t take kindly to being forced to use health IT tools. Apparently, that’s particularly the case in London, where a group of general practitioners recently held a protest to highlight their problems with a telemedicine app rolled out by the National Health Service. The doctors behind the protest are unhappy with the way the NHS structured its rollout of the smartphone app GP at Hand, which they say has created extra work and confusion among the patients. The service, which is run by UK-based technology company Babylon Health, launched in November of last year. Using the app, patients ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare AI HealthCare IT iPhone mHealth Mobile Apps Mobile Health Care Smart Phone Healthcare Smart Phones Telemedicine Babylon Health GP at Hand Nati Source Type: blogs

The Power of Story – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 4/20 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by @DesignInHealth (led by Kijana-Knight Torres), Burt Rosen (@burtrosen), and the #WTFix team on the topic of “The Power of Story”. We are within one month of What’s the Fix? happening on May 17, 2018. What’s the Fix? (#WTFix) is a movement and an event that Healthsparq started in 2017 to help the industry learn from people. Most health care conferences focus on industry insiders talkin...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 18, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Burt Rosen Dell Medical School Design Institute of Health Health Stories HealthSparq Kijana-Knight Torres What's the Fix? WTFix Source Type: blogs

Why Physician Practices Need a MIPS Expert on Staff
The following is a guest blog post by Marina Verdara, Sr. Training Specialist for CMS Incentive Programs, Kareo. Healthcare providers go to school to learn how to care for patients, and that’s what they do best. However, billing processes, performance-based payment adjustments, and payment incentives are typically not included in this education. Being responsible for today’s regulatory complexities and workload may not have been what providers envisioned for their career. And it’s taking a toll. Nearly half of physician practices spend more than $40,000 per full-time physician per year on complying with M...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 16, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT MACRA Kareo Kareo MACRA MGMA MGMA Survey MIPS MIPS Exper Source Type: blogs

Thoughts on Privacy in Health Care in the Wake of Facebook Scrutiny
A lot of health IT experts are taking a fresh look at the field’s (abysmal) record in protecting patient data, following the shocking Cambridge Analytica revelations that cast a new and disturbing light on privacy practices in the computer field. Both Facebook and others in the computer field who would love to emulate its financial success are trying to look at general lessons that go beyond the oddities of the Cambridge Analytica mess. (Among other things, the mess involved a loose Facebook sharing policy that was tightened up a couple years ago, and a purported “academic researcher” who apparently viola...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 13, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics Cambridge Analytica Data Analytics Facebook Healthcare Facebook Privacy Health Data Privacy Healthcare Privacy Source Type: blogs

Why I Didn ’t Choose Your Healthcare Organization
The following is a guest blog post by Chelsea Kimbrough from Stericycle Communication Solutions, as part of the Communication Solutions Series of blog posts. Follow and engage with them on Twitter: @StericycleComms I recently had a bad healthcare experience. I received functional care, but I wasn’t cared for. As in, I’m fairly certain my doctor didn’t know my name when she walked into the room or when she left it. To her, I was another patient in a crowded schedule. To me, it was a rushed, impersonal experience that left me with absolutely no desire to trust my wellbeing in her hands. As someone who is f...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare Healthcare Communication HealthCare IT Patients Chelsea Kimbrough Communication Solutions Series Health Care Communications Patient Experience Stericycle Stericycle Communication Solutions Source Type: blogs

How to Evolve Healthcare Conferences in the 21st Century – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 4/13 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Steve Sisko (@shimcode) on the topic of “How to Evolve Healthcare Conferences in the 21st Century”. The general purpose of a conference is to bring people together in one place where they can discover and share information, insight and ideas on a specific theme. And then, hopefully, leave the event with energy and focus. Our brains can only take in a limited number of stimuli at any given time. With 1000’s and even 10’s...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - April 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #HITsm Topics Steve Sisko Source Type: blogs