Public Health Agencies Struggle To Integrate With HIEs
New research by ONC suggests that while public health agencies might benefit from connecting with HIEs, there are still some significant barriers many need to address before doing so. Public health agencies at both the state and local level collect information from providers as part of conducting disease surveillance activities and maintaining data registries. Though some of these registries are common – notably those focusing on childhood immunizations, birth defects and cancer—the agencies’ technical infrastructure and data formats still vary. This makes sharing data between them difficult. One alternat...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability Healthcare Leadership HIE Meaningful Use Clinovations HIE Integration Medicaid Incentives Medicare Incentnives ONC Public Health Source Type: blogs

Will Medical Device Makers Get Interoperability Done?
Most of the time, when I think about interoperability, I visualize communication between various database-driven applications, such as EMRs, laboratory information systems and claims records. The truth is, however, that this is a rather narrow definition of interoperability. It’s time we take medical device data into account, the FDA reminds us. In early September, the FDA released its final guidance on how healthcare organizations can share data between medical devices and other information systems. In the guidance, the agency asserts that the time has come to foster data sharing between medical devices, as well as ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Devices Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Interfaces Bakul Patel FDA Health Data Exchange Standards Internet of Things Labo Source Type: blogs

The Impact of HIEs in Natural Disasters – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 9/22 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Brian Mack (@BFMack) from @GLHC_HIE on the topic of “The Impact of HIEs in Natural Disasters.” On August 29th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a category 3 storm, made landfall in SE Louisiana. Torrential rain and sustained winds exceeding 110 MPH quickly overwhelmed the protective measures in place, and the subsequent storm surge breached levies and flooded huge swaths of New Orleans and surrounding areas. Mass-devastation across Louisi...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media HIE #HITsm Topics Brian Mack Source Type: blogs

Searching EMR For Risk-Related Words Can Improve Care Coordination
Though healthcare organizations are working on the problem, they’re still not as good at care coordination as they should be. It’s already an issue and will only get worse under value-based care schemes, in which the ability to coordinate care effectively could be a critical issue for providers. Admittedly, there’s no easy way to solve care coordination problems, but new research suggests that basic health IT tools might be able to help. The researchers found that digging out important words from EMRs can help providers target patients needing extra care management and coordination. The article, which app...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 18, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Analyst EMR Technology Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics HealthCare IT Population Health Management Value Based Reimbursement Health Data Search JMIR Medi Source Type: blogs

Willingness To Invest In Outpatient EHRs and PM Solutions Grows
While the ambulatory EHR market remains somewhat stable, the number of organizations preparing to get out of their existing system has climbed over previous years, along with an increase in the number of organizations prepared to upgrade their practice management solution, according to new data from HIMSS. To conduct the 9th Annual Outpatient PM & EHR Study, HIMSS Analytics reached out to physicians, practice managers/administrators, practice CEOs/presidents, PAs, NPs and practice IT directors/staff. A total of 436 professionals responded to its web-based survey. The survey concluded that 93% of hospital-owned outpatie...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Practice Management Ambulatory EHR Ambulatory EMR EHR Replacement EHR Upgrade EMR Replacement EMR Upgrade HIMSS Analytics Source Type: blogs

Create Happier Healthcare Staff in 3 Easy Steps
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 Creating excellent patient experiences is the focus of nearly every healthcare organization. To do this, providers are increasingly turning to new patient engagement tools and technologies. It’s important to note, however, that patient experience woes cannot be mended with technology alone. The healthcare professionals facilitating communications and care will always play an integral role in patients&rsqu...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 14, 2017 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

Better Tech is Here for Healthcare
The following is a guest blog by Brandt Welker, CTO at MedicaSoft. This is the second blog in a three-part sponsored blog post series focused on new HIT for integration. Each month, a different MedicaSoft expert will share insights on new and innovative technology and its applications in healthcare. What are some of the common complaints doctors and nurses have about their EHRs? “I have to click too much.” “Information is buried.” “It doesn’t follow my workflow.” “It’s slow.” “I feel like a data entry clerk.” “*insert your favorite gripe here*&rd...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Brandt Welker Dale Sanders MedCity News Medicasoft Modern EHR Modern EHR Interface Source Type: blogs

The First Ever “Unchat” – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 9/15 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by… That’s right! The #HITsm chat is going rogue this week. The #HITsm chat on Friday, 9/15 at Noon ET (9 AM PT) will have no agenda, no host, and no organization. It will be an hour long #HITsm free for all where anyone can propose any topic, thought, idea, meme that they want. You can share a link, a picture, a thought, a question, or anything else you feel like sharing. Where this will end, no one knows, but that’s what make...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Pharma #hcldr #HITsm Topics #HITsm Unchat Source Type: blogs

The Healthcare IT Field is Unique, Yorktel Discovers
Health care professionals love to vaunt the uniqueness of the medical industry, and tend to demand special, expensive treatment on that basis. Reformers tend to discount this special status. (For instance, the security problems in health care are identical to those in other industries, and are caused by the same factors of insufficient investment and training.) Yet telecommunications in hospitals and clinics really is special, and video giant Yorktel has spent the past five years adjusting to that reality. On September 5, Yorktel announced that it has enhanced its solutions for patient telemedicine with Univago HE that inc...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 11, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT Telemedicine John Vitale Peter McLain Telehealth Univago Univago HE Videoconferencing Yorktel Source Type: blogs

Health IT Group Raises Good Questions About “Information Blocking”
The 21st Century Cures Act covers a great deal of territory, with provisions that dedicate billions to NIH funding, Alzheimer’s research, FDA operations and the war on opioid addiction. It also contains a section prohibiting “information blocking.” One section of the law lists attempts to define information blocking, and lists some of the key ways healthcare players drag their feet when it comes to data sharing. The thing is, some industry organizations feel that these provisions raise more questions than they answer. In an effort to nail things down, a trade organization calling itself Health IT Now...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 8, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Business Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Precision Medicine 21st Century Cures Act AAFP AMIA DirectTrust Health IT Now HHS-OIG Informa Source Type: blogs

DirectTrust, CHIME Deal Not All It ’s Cracked Up To Be
Recently, CHIME and DirectTrust announced a deal that sounded pretty huge on the surface. In a joint press release announcing the agreement, the two organizations said they had agreed to work together “to promote the universal deployment of the Direct Trust framework and health information exchange network as the common electronic interface for health information exchange across the U.S.” Their plans include making the Direct exchange network available anywhere they can, including hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, labs, long-term care facilities, payers, insurers and health departments, and to top it of...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 7, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Direct Project EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT HIE C-CDA Care Everywhere Carequality Cerner CHIME CommonWell Health Alliance DirectTrust Epic Source Type: blogs

Clinical Optimization Effort and ROI Matrix
Over on Hospital EMR and EHR, Galen Healthcare Solutions has been providing some really practical and detailed information on optimizing an EHR as part of their EMR Clinical Optimization Series and they’re just getting started. Along with the EMR Optimization blog posts, they also have published a FREE EMR optimization whitepaper that dives into tips, tricks, and perspectives on how to approach driving a tangible return on your EMR investment. I love that we are finally moving past the discussion of EMR implementation and moving towards EMR optimization. As David Chou, CIO at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, recen...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 6, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Clinical Decision Support EHR EHR Optimization Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Consulting HealthCare IT Clinical Optimization David Chou EHR ROI EMR Optimization Galen Healthcare Solutions Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Innovation in Pharma – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 9/8 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Naomi Fried (@naomifried) on the topic of “Digital Health Innovation in Pharma.” The digital health revolution is in full swing. Each year, more and more digital innovations are coming to market that leverage hardware and software to provide new ways of delivering care and information to patients and providers. These solutions can improve outcomes, drive down costs, and/or boost efficiency. Healthcare stakeholders are beginning to ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 5, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Pharma #hcldr #HITsm Topics Biotech Digiceuticals Healthcare Innovation Naomi Fried Source Type: blogs

Laboy Day Thought
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Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 5, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Personal Musings Labor Day Martin Luther King Source Type: blogs

E-Patient Update: Enough Apps Already
New data suggests that while app use is becoming a core activity for mobile, the number of apps people use is dropping. In fact, over the longer term, analysts say, most businesses will need to slim down the number of apps they deploy and do more to retain app users. Speaking as someone who relies on apps to manage her health, I certainly hope that this happens among healthcare providers. Maybe you think of my contact with your organization as a series of distinct interactions, and the data something that can be reintegrated later. All I can say is ”Please, no.” I want every digital contact I have with your org...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - September 1, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Digital Health EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT mHealth Patient Portal Healthcare Organizations Mobile Apps Mobile Health Mobile Health App Development Patient-Generated Health D Source Type: blogs

IT Leaders Question Allscripts Acquisition of McKesson EIS
Not long ago, I shared the results of a poll featured on HISTalk on the potential benefits of the Allscripts acquisition of McKesson EIS. The poll asked readers “Who will benefit most from the proposed acquisition of McKesson EIS by Allscripts?” Roughly equal numbers of respondents said Allscripts customers would benefit (29%) and McKesson customers (27%). However, a new research report from Reaction Data suggests that many of their peers doubt that things will work out for McKesson customers or even do much to build Allscripts’ market position. A number of health IT leaders quoted in the report say they&...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Selection HealthCare IT Hospital EHR Allscripts Cerner Epic HIMSS Analytics HISTalk McKesson EIS Paragon Reaction Data Siemens Source Type: blogs

Gaining End User Buy-In to Your EHR – Breakaway Thinking
This post is part of the Breakaway Thinking blog post series which is sponsored by Breakaway Learning Solutions, a Conduent Company. One of the universal truths about EHR software is that if you don’t get user buy-in, your EHR efforts will fail. You may even complete your EHR implementation, but not having user buy-in will wreak havoc on your ability to use the EHR to improve your organization. The failures may not be immediately apparent, but you can be sure your users will cause it to fail if they haven’t bought into the project. On the other hand, organizations that do get end user buy-in to their EHR genera...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 30, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR EHR Optimization Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Breakaway Thinking EHR Leadership EHR Physician Buy-In EHR Physician Champion EHR Skill EHR Training Source Type: blogs

Digital Strategies for Improving Consumer Experience – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 9/1 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Kyra Hagan (@HIT_Mktg_Maven) from @InfluenceHlth on the topic of “Digital Strategies for Improving Consumer Experience.” ‘Healthcare Consumerism’ is fundamentally changing the entire healthcare delivery system. Accelerated by the ACA and evolving digital landscape, consumers are taking a more active role in their healthcare management. With this paradigm shift, they expect higher quality care, greater choice and on-dema...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 29, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #hcldr #HITsm Topics Healthcare Consumer Experience Healthcare Consumerism Influence Health Kyra Hagan Source Type: blogs

HHS HIPAA Breach Wall of Shame Updated
HHS has recently updated the HHS Wall of Shame…I mean the HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool (HBRT). Whatever you want to call the tool, you can find the most updated version here. Here’s a short description from the press release about the updates to the breach notification tool: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today launched a revised web tool that puts important information into the hands of individuals, empowering them to better identify recent breaches of health information and to learn how all breaches of health information are investigated and successfully ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 28, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA Breaches HIPAA General HIPAA News HBRT HHS Breach Notification Tool HHS Wall of Shame HIPAA Breach Notification HIPAA Wall of Shame Source Type: blogs

Business Associates are NOT Responsible for Clients ’ HIPAA Compliance, BUT They Still Might Be At-Risk
The following is a guest blog post by Mike Semel from Semel Consulting. “Am I responsible for my client’s HIPAA compliance?” “What if I tell my client to fix their compliance gaps, and they don’t? Am I liable?” “I told a client to replace the free cable Internet router with a real firewall to protect his medical practice, but the doctor just won’t spend the money. Can I get in trouble?” “We are a cloud service provider. Can we be blamed for what our clients do when using our platform?”  “I went to a conference and a speaker said that Business Asso...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 25, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA General HIPAA Training HIPAA BA HIPAA Business Associates HIPAA Compliance Mike Semel Semel Consulting Source Type: blogs

Are EMR Vendors Really This Clueless?
I know that EMR vendors don’t always understand their end-users as well as they should. That’s a shame, but it’s likely to happen given how far apart their day-to-day lives are. Still, I was truly taken aback by the following. In the introduction to a report on nurse perceptions of EHRs, researchers shared some words on their market research philosophy. I don’t think the writers intended to criticize anyone, but nonetheless, the vendors don’t come out looking very good in the process. “Some (mainly vendors) have questioned why we conduct research to front-line users of core HIT systems, ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 24, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Sales Miscommunications Healthcare HealthCare IT Population Health Management EHR End Users EHR Vendor Electronic Health Record Vendor Electronic Medical Record Vendor Source Type: blogs

Consumer Data Liquidity – The Road So Far, The Road Ahead – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 8/25 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Greg Meyer (@Greg_Meyer93) on the topic of “Consumer Data Liquidity – The Road So Far, The Road Ahead.” As my summer tour of interoperability forums, lectures, and webinars winds down, patient engagement/data liquidity is arguably the hottest talk in town.  This leads me to a time of reflection looking back to my own personal experience over the last 10-15 years (yes, I’m still a fairly young guy) starting with ea...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #hcldr #HITsm Topics BlueButton CCDA Direct FHIR Greg Meyer Healthcare Consumer Data Healthcare Data OpenNotes Source Type: blogs

Why Do We Settle in Healthcare?
The following is a guest blog post by Monica Stout, Marketing Director at MedicaSoft. This is the introductory blog in a three-part sponsored blog post series focused on new Health IT for integration. Each month, a different MedicaSoft expert will share insights on new and innovative technology and its applications in healthcare. Imagine your typical Friday night. You’ve worked hard all week and now you’re ready to watch Netflix. You’ve picked the perfect movie. You’re ready to watch. You hit a button and your movie is right there, available and on demand. But what if it didn’t work? You&rsqu...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Medicasoft Monica Stout Source Type: blogs

Nurses Still Unhappy With EHRs
A new research report looking at nurses’ perceptions of EHRs suggests that despite countless iterations, many still don’t meet the needs of one of their key user groups. While the statistics included in the report are of some value, the open text responses nurses shared tell a particularly important story of what they’re facing of late. The study, which was conducted by Reaction Data, draws on responses from 245 nurses and nurse leaders, 85% of whom work for a hospital and 15% a medical practice. Categories in which the participants fell broke out as follows: * Nurses         &nbs...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Hospital EHR Allscripts Cerner Chief Nursing Officer EHR Perceptions EMR Perceptions Epic MEDITECH Nurse Manager Nursing Informatics Reacti Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Orgs May Be Ramping Up Cybersecurity Efforts
As I’ve noted (too) many times in the past, healthcare organizations don’t have a great track record when it comes to cybersecurity. Compared to other industries, healthcare organizations spend relatively little on IT security overall, and despite harangues from people like myself, this has remained the case for many years. However, a small new survey by HIMSS suggests that the tide may be turning. It’s not incredibly surprising to hear, as health it leaders have been facing increasingly frequent cybersecurity attacks. A case in point: In a recent study by Netwrix Corp., more than half of healthcare organ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 18, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Security Healthcare Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT HIPAA General CISO Cybersecurity Budget Cybersecurity Staffing Healthcare Data Security HIMSS Netwrix Corp. Source Type: blogs

Analytics Take an Unusual Turn at PeraHealth
Data scientists in all fields have learned to take data from unusual places. You’d think that monitoring people in a hospital for changes in their conditions would be easier than other data-driven tasks, such as tracking planets in far-off solar systems, but in all cases some creativity is needed. That’s what PeraHealth, a surveillance system for hospital patients, found out while developing alerts for clinicians. It’s remarkably hard to identify at-risk patients in hospitals, even with so many machines and staff busy monitoring them. For instance, a nurse on each shift may note in the patient’s rec...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 17, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Clinical Decision Support Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics PeraHealth Source Type: blogs

Analytics Takes an Unusual Turn at PeraHealth
Data scientists in all fields have learned to take data from unusual places. You’d think that monitoring people in a hospital for changes in their conditions would be easier than other data-driven tasks, such as tracking planets in far-off solar systems, but in all cases some creativity is needed. That’s what PeraHealth, a surveillance system for hospital patients, found out while develop alerts for clinicians. It’s remarkably hard to identify at-risk patients in hospitals, even with so many machines and staff busy monitoring them. For instance, a nurse on each shift may note in the patient’s record...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 17, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Clinical Decision Support Healthcare AI Healthcare Analytics PeraHealth Source Type: blogs

Assembling The Right Stuff: The Keys to Gathering and Supporting A Successful EHR Go-Live Support Team
The following is a guest blog post by Jaime Jaimes, Instructional Writer at Conduent, Breakaway Learning Solutions). Check out all of the blog posts in the Breakaway Thinking series. For just a moment, put yourself in the shoes of a provider who needs to work with a new EHR. You’ve known that the EHR go-live event was impending, and now it’s here. You took the training, slipped a little job aid booklet in your pocket, and think you’ve got everything under control. But once you’re on the floor, you hit a sudden roadblock. Rifling through your packet in hopes of finding an answer could waste valuable...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Breakaway Thinking Conduent EHR Adoption Metrics EHR Leadership EHR Simulation Training EHR Training Health IT Leadership Heather Haugen Hospital CIO The Source Type: blogs

Diversity in HIT – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 8/18 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Jeanmarie Loria (@JeanmarieLoria) from @advizehealth on the topic of “Diversity in HIT.” Diversity has positioned itself at the forefront of social awareness for quite some time now, the apparent need for it heightened by the socio-political climate…but what exactly is diversity? Is it offering apples and oranges? Is it a mélange of people with different experiences and perspectives? Is it working to ensure that your...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #hcldr #HITsm Topics Health IT Diversity Source Type: blogs

Despite Privacy Worries, Consumers Trust Apple With Their Health Data
These days, everyone seems to want access to consumer health data. We’re talking not just about healthcare companies, but also financial firms, insurance companies and technology giants like Apple, Google and Amazon. Consumers have every reason to be concerned how their data is used, as companies outside of the healthcare realm, in particular, might use it in ways that make them uncomfortable. After all, these health-related companies may not have to follow HIPAA rules. Not only that, laws that govern data collection of any kind are still evolving on the state and federal level. It’s just not clear wh...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Health Information Governance Healthcare HIPAA General Amazon Apple Christina Farr CNBC Google Lucia Savage Omada Health Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Security Cartoon – Fun Friday
It’s Friday and school is beginning in a lot of places around the country. I know we’re ready for school to start in our house. They moved it up a couple weeks in Las Vegas and so we had a short summer, but we’re excited for the rhythm that school brings. The last Friday in summer seems the perfect time for a Fun Friday blog post. This cartoon was shared by Fogo Data centers that highlights the always challenging balance between security and convenience. Secure access is #MondayMotivation – Call Bill, for a Security Risk Assessment of your network, systems and services. #KnowYourCloud #hitsm pic.t...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 12, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: HealthCare IT HIPAA General Fogo Data Centers Fun Friday Healthcare Security Source Type: blogs

Patients Want Customizations – Just Not Too Much!
The following is a guest blog post by Cristina Dafonte, Marketing Associate of Stericycle Communication Solutions as part of the Communication Solutions Series of blog posts. Follow and engage with them on Twitter:@StericycleComms Everything around us is customizable: your laptop background, the layout of applications on your phone, any product dashboard you have access to. Customization sells, and consumers crave it. Consumers love to think that something is unique or special for just them, even if they know in their hearts that isn’t the case. Patient engagement, especially appointment reminders, sho...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Patients Communication Solutions Series Health Care Communications Patient Appointment Reminders Patient Experience Stericycle Stericycle Communication Solutions Source Type: blogs

Wellpepper and SimplifiMed Meet the Patients Where They Are Through Modern Interaction Techniques
Over the past few weeks I found two companies seeking out natural and streamlined ways to connect patients with their doctors. Many of us have started using web portals for messaging–a stodgy communication method that involves logins and lots of clicking, often just for an outcome such as message “Test submitted. No further information available.” Web portals are better than unnecessary office visits or days of playing phone tag, and so are the various secure messaging apps (incompatible with one another, unfortunately) found in the online app stores. But Wellpepper and SimplifiMed are trying to bring us ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 9, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: Care Management System Healthcare AI Interfaces Anne Weiler Artificial Intelligence Chinmay Singh Healthcare Voice Natural Language Processing NLP SimplifiMed Wellpepper Source Type: blogs

More About Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 8/11 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Prashant Natarajan (@natarpr) on the topic of “More About Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.” Be sure to also check out Prashant’s HIMSS best selling book Demystifying Big Data and Machine Learning for Healthcare to learn about his perspectives and insights into the topic. Healthcare transformation requires us to continually look at new and better ways to manage insights – both within and outside the organization t...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 8, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Health Insurance Big Data Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare Business Intelligence HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Patients #hcldr #HITsm Topics Healthcare Analytics Oracle Healthcare Prashant Nataraj Source Type: blogs

eClinicalWorks Settlement Hasn ’t Led To Customer Defections, Yet
Loyalty is a funny thing. You’d think that when a vendor let you down spectacularly, you wouldn’t do business with them anymore. But the truth is, when it comes to health IT it’s not that simple. In many cases, vendor-customer relationships are more like marriages than formal agreements. Even if things start to go south, customers have so much invested in their vendor relationship that backing out may not seem like a realistic possibility. Yes, I’m pontificating here, but not without a point. What I’m responding to here is a recent KLAS survey which found that while many customers of the now-t...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 7, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Certified EHR EHR Lawsuits Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Meaningful Use eClinicalWorks eCW EHR Whistleblower Suite EMR Whistleblower Suit KLAS Source Type: blogs

Engagement Cartoon – Fun Friday
This week’s Fun Friday healthcare cartoon was shared by the Society for Participatory Medicine. If you don’t know about this organization, take a minute and go check out what they do and see how you can support them. You’ll see why they shared this cartoon. Dilbert's wisdom is spot on! #patientengagement #s4PM #ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/MoHvg653FE — Participatory Med (@S4PM) July 27, 2017 Sadly, this is the experience of many patients with their doctors. The Society for Participatory Medicine has been working hard to change that mindset. We all need to support these efforts in our own ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 4, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Patient Advocacy Dilbert ePatients Fun Friday Society for Participatory Medicine SPM Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Blockchain Use Case
There’s been a lot of talk about using blockchain in healthcare. While I don’t think that it’s the end all be all solution that many make it out to be, I do think that healthcare could benefit in a lot of ways from blockchain. David Chou recently shared this healthcare use case for blockchain which it looks like he got from Deloitte: Healthcare use case for blockchain @deloitte pic.twitter.com/FHUhxYoFzh — David Chou (@dchou1107) June 22, 2017 I’d be interested to hear blockchain experts thoughts on this use case. Is this reasonable? Could this be reasonably achieved with blockchain? Are th...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 3, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Digital Health Health Information Governance Healthcare Healthcare CIO Healthcare Interoperability HealthCare IT Blockchain David Chou Health Data Exchange Healthcare Blockchain Source Type: blogs

Will ACOs Face Tough Antitrust Scrutiny?
For some reason, I’ve always been interested in antitrust regulation, not just in the healthcare industry but across the board. To me, there’s something fascinating about how federal agencies define markets, figure out what constitutes an unfair level of market dominance and decide which deals are out of bounds. For someone who’s not a lawyer, perhaps that’s a strange sort of geeking out to do, but there you have it. Obviously, given how complex industry relationships are, healthcare relationships are fraught with antitrust issues to ponder. Lately, I’ve begun thinking about how antitrust regu...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 2, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: ACO EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare Healthcare Business Hospital EHR Hospitals FTC Health Insurers Health Plans Healthcare Antitrust Healthcare Law Healthcare Regulation US Department of Source Type: blogs

Inching Toward Health IT Interoperability – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 8/4 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Alan Portela (@AlanWPortela) from Airstrip on the topic of “Inching Toward Health IT Interoperability.” To some it may seem as though ‘interoperability’ is a stale health IT buzzword, but nothing could be further from the truth. Why? Because interoperability still isn’t a reality. Data is digital, but not readily available; data exists in EHRs, but isn’t aggregated and shared in a way that makes sense for c...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - August 1, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Patients #hcldr #HITsm Topics AirStrip Alan Portela Health IT Interoperability Healthcare Interoperability Source Type: blogs

A Hospital CIO Perspective on Precision Medicine
#Paid content sponsored by Intel. In this video interview, I talk with David Chou, Vice President, Chief Information and Digital Officer with Kansas City, Missouri-based Children’s Mercy Hospital. In addition to his work at Children’s Mercy, he helps healthcare organizations transform themselves into digital enterprises. Chou previously served as a healthcare technology advisor with law firm Balch & Bingham and Chief Information Officer with the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also worked with the Cleveland Clinic to build a flagship hospital in Abu Dhabi, as well as working in for-profit healt...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Genomic Health Record Health Information Governance Healthcare Healthcare AI Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT Hospitals Personalized Medicine Precision Medicine Children's Me Source Type: blogs

Our Final 2017 #HIT100 List
Much like social media, the #HIT100 is never without a few challenges, but I’m also happy to say that this year’s #HIT100 exhibited an extreme amount of gratitude and appreciation from and for thousands of people in the healthcare social media community. I’m impressed by the number of people participating in the #HIT100. Symplur calculated that the #HIT100 hashtag generated 42 million impressions across 6195 tweets and 1852 participants (some just used the hashtag for discussion and not a nomination). Those are impressive numbers. As I mentioned, I don’t intend to publish a ranked list of the #HIT10...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 29, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare Healthcare Communication HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media #hcldr #HIT100 #HIT99 #HITSM HCSM HealthIT Source Type: blogs

Despite Abundance of Threats, Few Providers Take Serious Steps To Protect Their Data
I scarcely need to remind readers of the immensity of the threats to healthcare data security out there. Not only is healthcare data an attractive target for cybercriminals, the aforementioned keep coming up with new ways to torture security pros (the particularly evil ransomware comes to mind). Unfortunately, healthcare organizations are also notorious for spending too little on data security. Apparently, this also extends to spending money on information security governance or risk management, according to a new study. The study is sponsored by Netwrix Corp., which sells a visibility platform for data security and r...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 28, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Security Healthcare Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT HIPAA Breaches Cybersecurity Health Information Governance Healthcare Data Security IT Risks Netwrix Corp. Risk Man Source Type: blogs

Care Coordination Tech Still Needs Work
Virtually all of you would agree that we’ll have to do a better job of care coordination if we hope to meet our patient outcomes goals. And logically enough, most of us are hoping that technology will help us make this happen.  But from what I’ve seen, it isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Every now and then, I get a press release from a company that says a company’s tech has solved at least some part of the industry’s care coordination problem. Today, the company was featured in a release from Baylor College of Medicine, where a physician has launched a mobile software venture focused o...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 26, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Care Management System EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Population Health Management Baylor College of Medicine ChartSpan ChartSpan Medical Technologies ConsultLink Digital Care Coor Source Type: blogs

How Does Age Impact Patient Satisfaction & Provider Switching? – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 7/28 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Lea Chatham (@leachatham) from @SolutionReach on the topic of “How Does Age Impact Patient Satisfaction & Provider Switching?.” A new patient survey conducted by Solutionreach, looked at patient satisfaction, practice selection, practice switching, and communication preferences across three generations–baby boomers, Generation X, and millennials–and four practice types–primary care, dental, dermatology, and e...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 25, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Patients #hcldr #HITsm Topics Healthcare Marketing Lea Chatham Patient Satisfaction Patient Social Media Provider Switching Solution Reach Source Type: blogs

Hospitals Aren ’t Getting Much ROI From RCM Technology
If your IT investments aren’t paying off, your revenue cycle management process is clunky and consumers are defaulting on their bills, you’re in a pretty rocky situation financially. Unfortunately, that’s just the position hospitals find themselves in lately, according to a new study. The study, which was conducted by the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Navigant, surveyed 125 hospital health system chief financial officers and revenue cycle executives. When they looked at the data, researchers saw that hospitals are being hit with a double whammy. On the one hand, the RCM systems hospitals...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 24, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR Healthcare HealthCare IT Hospital EHR Hospitals Patient Portal Revenue Cycle Management Healthcare Financial Management Association HFMA Hospital CFO Navigant RCM Rev Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Cybersecurity Cartoon – Fun Friday
This week’s Fun Friday comes from the #IoMTchat (Internet of Medical Things) and was shared by Rasu Shrestha. This cartoon has so many good elements including the great password sticky note. As in most humor, this isn’t too far from the truth. A1: Proactive training around #cybersecurity entails understanding employee behaviors & motivators. #IoMTchat pic.twitter.com/ale9mgsOzE — Rasu Shrestha MD MBA (@RasuShrestha) July 17, 2017 Rasu is spot on in his tweet too. Key to cybersecurity in healthcare is understanding employee behaviors and motivators. You’ll never change the culture and improve ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: Healthcare Healthcare CIO HealthCare IT HIPAA General Fun Friday Healthcare Cybersecurity IoMT IoT IoT Security Rasu Shrestha Source Type: blogs

One Hospital Faces Rebuild After Brutal Cyberattack
Countless businesses were hit hard by the recent Petya ransomware attack, but few as hard as Princeton, West Virginia-based Princeton Community Hospital. After struggling with the aftermath of the Petya attack, the hospital had to rebuild its entire network and reinstall its core systems. The Petya assault, which hit in late June, pounded large firms across the globe, including Nuance, Merck, advertiser WPP, Danish shipping and transport firm Maersk and legal firm DLA Piper.  The list of Petya victims also includes PCH, a 267-bed facility based in the southern part of the state. After the attack, IT staffers first con...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR EMR Technology Healthcare HealthCare IT HIPAA General Hospitals #Ransomware Cybersecurity MEDITECH Petya Princeton Community Hospital Source Type: blogs

Simulation-Based Education: The New Paradigm in Healthcare Technology – Breakaway Thinking
The following is a guest blog post by Heather Haugen, PhD, Managing Director and CEO at The Breakaway Group (A Conduent Company). Check out all of the blog posts in the Breakaway Thinking series. Imagine a warehouse filled with classroom training sessions running simultaneously, hotel lobbies packed with consultants checking in and out at the same time, overrun parking lots, buses shuttling employees off campus, and more. These are the harsh, yet common challenges healthcare organizations face with classroom training – a predicament explored in the second edition of Beyond Implementation: A Prescription for the Adop...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 19, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: EHR Electronic Health Record Electronic Medical Record EMR HealthCare IT Breakaway Thinking Conduent EHR Adoption Metrics EHR Leadership EHR Simulation Training EHR Training Health IT Leadership Heather Haugen Hospital CIO The Source Type: blogs

Meeting the Patient Where They Are – #HITsm Chat Topic
We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 7/21 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Melody Smith Jones (@MelSmithJones) from HYP3R on the topic of “Meeting the Patient Where They Are.” Every day, decision-makers across the healthcare industry sit in boardrooms charting the course for the future of patient engagement. At the same time, individual patients are turning to new sources for health information, researching symptoms online and crowdsourcing answers from friends on social media. More than ever, healthca...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 18, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: #HITsm Digital Health Healthcare HealthCare IT Healthcare Social Media Patients #hcldr #HITsm Topics HYP3R Mel Smith Jones Patient Empowerment Patient Portal Patient Social Media Source Type: blogs

A Programmatic Approach to Print Security
The following is a guest blog post by Sean Hughes, EVP Managed Document Services at CynergisTek. Print devices are a necessary tool to support our workflows but at the same time represent an increasing threat to the security of our environment. Most organizations today have a variety of devices; printers, copiers, scanners, thermal printers and even fax machines that make up their “print fleet”. This complex fleet often represents a wide variety of manufacturers, makes and models of devices critical to supporting the business of healthcare. Healthcare organizations continue to print a tremendous amount of pape...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - July 17, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Guest Blogger Tags: Healthcare Devices HealthCare IT HIPAA General HIPAA Training Medical Privacy CynergisTek Healthcare Printer Security PHI Sean Hughes Source Type: blogs