5 HIPAA Questions to Ask Your Cloud Hosting Service Provider

Guest post by Madelyn Kearns from Medical Practice Insider When it comes to privacy and security measures within healthcare, the government is starting to really crack down. The Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission have aligned with the Office for Civil Rights to provide stronger safeguarding for protected health information (PHI). Meanwhile, the OCR itself has been aggressively dolling out significant financial penalties to organizations that aren’t up to baseline PHI standards. “OCR is losing …

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What Does Responsive Web Design Look Like?

Responsive design refers to a website’s ability to automatically adjust to fit the screen of whichever device it is being viewed on – be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. This is made possible through fluid grids, which allow you to make updates in one place. Mobile responsive websites are a must in today’s increasingly mobile world due to the fact that more and more people are using their smartphones and tablets as their primary search device. In fact, if your …

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Three Ways ACO Affiliation Can Reduce Costs for Healthcare Providers

Guest post by Madelyn Kearns from Medical Practice Insider There is a recognized difference between saviors and savers — one being a rescuer of people, while the other salvages bank accounts. But leave it to accountable care organizations to throw distinctions to the wayside. According to medical systems reviewer Software Advice’s recent ACO survival guide, the ACO model not only operates on delivering high quality care to patients — it also aims to provide the utmost in cost-efficiency to …

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Heartbleed Bug: What It Means For Your Medical Website and Online Services

You may have heard about the recent Heartbleed Bug that has affected many websites on the Internet. When we first heard the news, we set out to determine any exposure we may have had and, in turn, any exposure that our clients may have had. It turns out that some of our websites and online solutions were hosted on servers that use the OpenSSL software and were affected. We immediately started working on a patch, and completed it …

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Patient Engagement: the Buzzword That Is Revolutionizing Healthcare

If you are in healthcare, you have likely heard of the latest buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongues: patient engagement. It refers to the process by which patients become active partners in their health. Ever since CMS made it the main focus of Meaningful Use Stage 2, it has become one of the things doctors and healthcare decision-makers talk about most. Not surprisingly, at last month’s annual HIMSS conference, the largest healthcare IT event in the U.S., …

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Bridge Patient Portal’s New Partnership with X-Link Solutions: Improving Medical Software Interfacing

Medical Web Experts is proud to announce that our patient portal – Bridge Patient Portal – has partnered with the X-Link Solutions Network. This partnership will improve Bridge’s access to the X-Link compatible EMR/EHR systems database, helping the portal to interface smoothly with them. The X-Link family of products allows for integrated data sharing between an array of medical software packages, including: Electronic medical record systems Practice management systems Appointment reminder software Laboratory and PACS imaging systems Prescription …

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HIMSS14: Four Patient Engagement Sessions Not to Miss

Guest post by Madelyn Kearns from Medical Practice Insider At the end of the day, after satisfying quality measures, enduring systems updates, troubleshooting claims errors and scheduling visits, running a medical practice all comes down to one thing: patients. You could have the best electronic medical record system, an experienced care team rounding out your operation and the most up-to-date health gadgets the industry can conjure, but none of those are as important as engaging patients. That’s why …

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Bridge Patient Portal Team Attending HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference

Medical Web Experts is proud to announce that members of the Bridge Patient Portal team, led by President and CEO John Deutsch, will be attending this year’s annual HIMSS conference, which is being held February 23-27 in Orlando, Florida. Bridge representatives will be in attendance for the last three days of the conference, from February 25-27 – and they are looking forward to meeting with clinicians, IT professionals, and healthcare executives. Bridge is one of the leading software …

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A Definitive Explanation of the New HIPAA Omnibus Ruling

This article applies to Covered Entities (any health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse) and Business Associates (any person or entity that creates, receives, maintains, or transmits protected health information on behalf of a covered entity). With new HIPAA regulations and enforcement procedures having taken effect last year, it is important for HIPAA-covered healthcare entities to reexamine their obligations and ensure that the proper safeguards are in place to conserve the privacy of their patients’ protected …

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Could 2014 Be a Bad Year for Security Breaches at Hospitals and Healthcare Practices?

Guest post by Xavier E. Martinez from Power Your Practice If you thought this would be the year securing patient data would finally become easier, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. A recent Experian report predicts the healthcare industry will see more large-scale security breaches affecting patient privacy in 2014. According to Michael Bruemmer, Vice President of Experian’s Data Breach Resolution, the sheer size of the healthcare industry is what makes it vulnerable to security risks. If …

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