If you look at all the data breaches that took place in 2014, you might conclude that healthcare organizations have lax cybersecurity protocols. You’d be wrong, but it’s not hard to see how you might reach that conclusion. Last year, the healthcare sector reported more breaches—333 in all—than any other industry.
In the midst of disaster, hospitals often serve as a refuge, a place of comfort for those in need of care or shelter. But even hospitals aren't immune to chaos, as electronic health record systems, network connections and even whole power grids can be rendered useless in the blink of an eye.
Medicare was created to improve the health and well-being of older people, while protecting families. It was established to provide financial protection to individuals from the catastrophic costs of medical care, and to hospitals from losses accrued while caring for uninsured patients—the largest number of whom were older than age 65 (Corning, 1969). Medicare was [...]
Electronic health records (EHR) aim to improve healthcare and processes for providers and patients on a number of fronts. In an ideal situation according to HealthIT.gov, the clinician benefits by having quick access to patient records and alerts, the ability to quickly and accurately report, and a path to safer prescribing. Patients should be able to [...]
When it comes to ICD-10 preparation, a wise course would be to control what you can and prepare for what you can't, says Adam L. Myers, M.D., chief medical officer of Texas Health Physicians Group.
While the interests in analytics and resulting benefits are increasing by the day, some businesses are challenged by the complexity and confusion that analytics can generate. Companies can get stuck trying to analyze all that’s possible and all that they could do through analytics, when they should be taking that next step of recognizing what’s important [...]
The healthcare industry has plenty of big data on its hands, but the ability to extract meaningful, actionable insights from this wealth of raw information will be the key to improving quality and patient outcomes across the developing learning health system, says a new white paper from the National Quality Forum (NQF).
"We're here today to announce an intensive review of electronic health records," Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, announced at the start of a hearing before the panel Wednesday.
Violations of even the most fundamental rules can leave hospitals and health systems open to criminal risk, HIPAA-related risk, and civil suit risk. Insurance can help, but to what degree depends on many variables