As Health IT Gets More Complex, So Does Data Security

Data Security

Health IT is one of the fastest growing industries in the market. The North American healthcare IT market is projected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 13.5% through 2020. Driving this growth are new technologies, devices and platforms that are currently growing in two separate bubbles: consumer-based technologies (e.g. FitBit) and clinical technologies (e.g. EHR systems). Beyond this, the benefit of closing gaps in care and integrating patient generated health data (PGHD) into clinical technologies is …

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Video: MACRA 101


Curious about the MACRA law and how it affects you? MACRA established the Quality Payment Program, designed to change how physicians are paid for care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The goal is to shift the focus to quality care through revised performance reporting and a new payment adjustment structure.

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Interoperability and Health IT Security Top Topics at HIMSS17

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In just a few days time, the annual HIMSS conference will kick off in Orlando. This conference has grown in popularity, impact and diversity over the last few years as the healthcare industry has begun adopting digital tools to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs and increase patient engagement. This event is a great way to gauge where the health IT industry at large is focusing and understand the most pressing issues healthcare business leaders face in digital healthcare. …

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The Time for Innovation in Health IT

In a Healthcare IT News article last week, Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush presented a case for increased innovation in the health IT space over the next four to six years. The foundation would be built on “network-backed health services.” Succinctly, what he discusses is the need for health IT vendors to go beyond providing solutions aimed at fulfilling regulatory needs and start delivering real business value. Disruption in Health IT is Different from Other Industries While it is …

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65% of Providers Say Patient Information Is Lacking in Clinical Setting

In a 2016 study commissioned by Quest Diagnostics, 450 healthcare professionals and senior executives were surveyed about aspects of the industry’s shift from a fee-for-service to a value-based model. The results of the study bring several interesting pieces of data to light. 87% of the study’s respondents — physicians and senior executives — noted the value and importance of having complete patient medical information at the point of care. However, 65% of physician respondents indicated that the information …

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Meeting the Regulatory Challenges of Mobile Health App Development, According to Samsung

Among all the mobile apps out there, mHealth stands out. We often talk about patient-friendly UI/UX, on-the-go features that integrate with patient portals and EMRs, and capabilities for sending messages to medical staff and refilling prescriptions. But another aspect that makes mHealth app development such an interesting challenge is the level of regulation in the healthcare sector. When you’re working with HIPAA regulations around electronic protected health information (ePHI), developing an app that collects and transmits this data …

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Over $500 Million in Downward Payment Adjustments Expected for 2017

CMS has reported that 2,579 hospitals will be affected by downward payment adjustments in 2017 due to penalties associated with the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). That translates to an average penalty of over $190,000, or a 0.73% reduction in reimbursement value. One of the biggest factors for these downward payment adjustments is avoidable ED readmissions. Over the last five years, healthcare organizations have been reporting on this measure without the weight of downward adjustments. The hope was …

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2017: The Year of Video for Healthcare Web Design and Marketing

As healthcare organizations map out development and marketing projects for the year, there’s an important trend to consider: video marketing. Software company HighQ presents a noteworthy infographic on why video will be one of the top marketing trends in the year 2017. With 55% of people watching online videos on a daily basis and 78% engaging with videos weekly, the popularity of this channel is unmistakeable. But how exactly does this play into healthcare marketing in particular? Video …

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What Goes Wrong in Healthcare Web Design — And How to Fix It

Healthcare Web Design

In today’s healthcare world, a website isn’t just a check on a marketing to-do list. It’s an essential tool for maintaining a solid patient base while providing those patients with in-demand online services. Hospitals, outpatient groups, pharmacies, health IT vendors, and laboratories are all facing new challenges and opportunities in the digital media space. Hospital website design is a specialized field that focuses on creating highly usable, patient-centered, HIPAA-compliant sites. Both prospective and current patients are always evaluating …

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9 Out of 10 Healthcare Organizations Have Suffered a Data Breach Since 2010

Since 2010, healthcare has seen a 125% increase in criminal attacks to their digital patient data. In fact, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute, 91 percent of healthcare organizations have been hit by at least one data breach. What is surprising, however, is that human error is reported as the primary cause of data breaches. The study found that almost all successful cyber attacks can be traced back to one or more human errors. Source: …

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