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Are Legacy EHR Systems the HIPAA Ticking Time Bomb?

Are Legacy EHR Systems the HIPAA Ticking Time Bomb?

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor Healthcare IT and EHR security is a really important topic right now. Many organizations have started to spend time and resources on this problem after a series of healthcare and non-healthcare breaches. The Anthem breach being the most recent. Overall, this is a great thing for the industry since I think there’s more that could be done in every organization to shore up the privacy and security of patient health data. In […]

February 22, 2015 | By More
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Health Information Technology advances data studies but a dangerous trend in “data blindness” is blocking its benefits. A movement in the US against basic vaccinations for children is very clearly based on faulty information. Health Information Technology has created an era of better data collection and tracking in order to combat this very possibility and yet, a cacophony of internet noise and opinion alongside celebrity miscommunication has forced a retreat in vaccinations which is unprecedented and which is beginning to cause a resurgence in deadly outbreaks of viruses which had mostly […]

February 16, 2015 | By More
Welcome Windows 10!

Welcome Windows 10!

The following is a guest blog post from Choice Technologies, Health IT Blog, by Chuck Kiessling, Senior Project Engineer & Solutions Engineer First and foremost, Why Windows 10 and not 9? The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. “We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group. Microsoft considered the name “Windows One,” he said, to match products like OneNote and OneDrive and its “One Microsoft” business strategy. But he noted the name […]

February 1, 2015 | By More
Top 4 HIT Challenges and Opportunities for Healthcare Organizations in 2015 – Breakaway Thinking

Top 4 HIT Challenges and Opportunities for Healthcare Organizations in 2015 – Breakaway Thinking

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network,  by Mitchell Woll, Instructional Designer at  The Breakaway Group Healthcare organizations face numerous challenges in 2015: ICD-10 implementation, HIPAA compliance, new Meaningful Use objectives, and the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) interoperability road map. To adapt successfully, organizations must take advantage of numerous opportunities to prepare. Healthcare leaders must thoroughly assess, prioritize, prepare, and execute in each area: – Meaningful Use Stage 2 objectives require increased patient engagement and reporting for a full year before earning […]

January 26, 2015 | By More
The Cost Savings Conundrum

The Cost Savings Conundrum

Increased hospital acquisition of independent medical practices may be delaying the short term benefits of improved healthcare technology. According to the HITECH Act, the government was to take a leadership role to develop standards that would allow for the nationwide electronic exchange and use of health information to improve quality and coordination of care. That directive was supposed to lead to savings for the government of $10 billion with additional savings throughout the health sector. Improvements to quality of care and care coordination, reductions in medical errors and duplicitous procedures […]

January 19, 2015 | By More
No One Promised Meaningful Use Would Be Easy

No One Promised Meaningful Use Would Be Easy

Let’s Take on the MU Challenges Ahead By Joy Rios, Health IT Consultant at Ask Joy Hello, ‘ello, ‘ello, ‘ello. Anyone else feel like we’re in a Meaningful Use echo chamber? The same statistic is being shared that 55% of providers do not plan to attest to Meaningful Use Stage 2 in 2015. Although the nearly 2,000 sample size of Medical Practice Insider’s poll has merit, I’m really hoping that by focusing solely on these survey results, we don’t contribute to creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Granted, there are lots of reasons why providers might opt out […]

January 12, 2015 | By More
Medical Mergers Bring HIPAA Breaches

Medical Mergers Bring HIPAA Breaches

Hospitals and medical groups are in a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions, but many are not protecting themselves from the increased risk of HIPAA breaches that results. The latest example comes from Northwestern Medical Group, a highly respected healthcare organization based in Chicago. On December 19th, Northwestern announced that an employee laptop with nearly 3,000 medical records was stolen from a vehicle, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. HIPAA also requires Northwestern to post a conspicuous notice of the breach on its website. Unfortunately, theft is no excuse when it […]

January 4, 2015 | By More
The 2015 Training Trifecta

The 2015 Training Trifecta

Technology, Security and Healthcare fill top job growth lists for 2015 Outlook Job growth estimates for 2015 are looking up. Reported in numerous studies regarding the best career choices in growth sectors for the New Year, are repeated mentions of titles in Tech, Security and Healthcare. For instance, Careerbuilder.com predicts a 6%+ growth for Medical and Health Services Managers with average incomes over $90k, a 7%+ growth rate in Computer Systems Administrator positions with median salaries averaging almost $75k and a variety of other medical, healthcare and tech positions increasing […]

December 29, 2014 | By More
Holidays, Healthcare and HIE

Holidays, Healthcare and HIE

Why it might be better to be British this Christmas  ‘Tis the season for people to fall off ladders while attempting to strap plastic Santa sleighs to rooftops and electrocute themselves while plugging too many Christmas lights into a single frayed extension cord. Ho, Ho, Ho! The question is, where will that helpful wife, neighbor, driver-aged child or stranger take the injured soul for treatment? There are a wealth of options these days from the regional hospital emergency room to the local Walmart or CVS.   Yes, these are options […]

December 14, 2014 | By More