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Engage Patients through Medication Education

Engage Patients through Medication Education

By Joy Rios, Health IT Consultant at Ask Joy Health IT Consulting Twitter: @askjoyrios Patient engagement was one of the main buzzwords at HIMSS this year. It’s the kind of topic that can ignite a passionate game of tug-of-war. Some folks define patient engagement to patients accessing their health records or securely messaging their doctors. Others consider patient engagement as medication adherence, a reduction in readmissions, or even the use of mobile health apps. From a patient’s perspective, a common place to “engage” is at the pharmacy, when they receive drug directions that […]

April 26, 2015 | By More
Latest Provider Updates from CMS

Latest Provider Updates from CMS

CMS Weekly Check-up The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the Federal agency under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The CMS EHR Incentive programs are currently open programs for eligible professionals and hospitals to receive incentive payment for participation. Checking in on CMS will be a regular weekly post to keep up with communication coming from CMS on information about these and other related programs. Reforms to Medicare regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively […]

April 26, 2015 | By More
Some High Level Perspectives on FHIR

Some High Level Perspectives on FHIR

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. Before HIMSS, I posted about my work to understand FHIR. There’s some great information in that post as I progress in my understanding of FHIR (HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), how it’s different than other standards, where it’s at in its evolution, and whether FHIR is going to really change healthcare or not. What’s clear to me is that many are on board with FHIR and we’ll hear a […]

April 20, 2015 | By More
There’s More to HIPAA Compliance Than Encryption

There’s More to HIPAA Compliance Than Encryption

The following is a guest blog post from Asaf Cidon, CEO and Co-Founder of Sookasa, on behalf of our partner John Lynn at HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network The news that home care provider Amedisys had a HIPAA breach involving more than 100 lost laptops—even though they contained encrypted PHI—might have served as a wake-up call to many healthcare providers.  Most know by now that they need to encrypt their files to comply with HIPAA and prevent a breach. While it’s heartening to see increased focus on encryption, it’s not enough […]

April 6, 2015 | By More
The Potential Impact of the SGR Resolution on HIT

The Potential Impact of the SGR Resolution on HIT

Interoperability, EHR’s and compliance programs will be affected. The recent sustainable growth rate (SGR) resolution passed by the House is designed to positively affect the use of health information technology (HIT). On the upside, it will help to combine three important compliance programs: the EHR incentive program, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the value-based payment modifier (VBM) originally part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation would also reward improvements in clinical information exchange and encourage more readily accessible access to clinical advice.  This component could encourage […]

March 30, 2015 | By More
The Future Of…The Connected Healthcare System

The Future Of…The Connected Healthcare System

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner As I think about the future of a connected healthcare system, I get very excited. Although, that excitement is partially tamed by the realization that many of these connections could have been happening for a long time. A connected healthcare system is not a technological challenge, but is a major cultural challenge for healthcare. The Data Connected Healthcare System Implementation challenges aside, the future of healthcare absolutely revolves around […]

March 15, 2015 | By More
HIE = Health Information Excuses

HIE = Health Information Excuses

Interoperability failures abound, so what can be done? This morning I received a call from a family member informing me that my grandmother, who lives in a medical assisted living facility, had been rushed to the hospital. Apparently her blood pressure dropped dramatically and she was blacking out. The next bit of news did not surprise me, but as an educator in the field of Healthcare Technology it did disappoint me. My grandmother was rushed to the wrong hospital where none of her health records or care providers were present. […]

March 9, 2015 | By More
What is Your Value Based Care Strategy? What Role Does IT Play?

What is Your Value Based Care Strategy? What Role Does IT Play?

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner I pretty regularly take a look at various healthcare IT whitepapers to glean insights into what’s happening in the industry and what advice vendors are offering healthcare organizations. I’ve been keeping a special eye on the changing reimbursement model and move to value based care and so I was interested in this whitepaper titled “How to Win with Value-based Care: Developing Your Practice’s EHR Strategy.” The whitepaper starts with […]

March 1, 2015 | By More
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