For Christiana Care Chief Health Information Officer Terri Steinberg, the key to successful population health management is balance in three areas: people to run the program, analytics to offer real-time updates and a robust electronic health record system. Simply put, without one area stabilized, the others are likely to falter.
"If you implement the analytics without a population health program, it doesn't work," she said. "If you implement the EHR without the people to run the program, it doesn't work."
In a recent interview with FierceHealthIT, Steinberg discussed details of a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation grant effort focused on population health, as well as updates to Christiana's work. She also talked about challenges she and her colleagues continue to face. Interview
In April 2014, the FBI issued warnings about the healthcare industry's vulnerability to cyberattacks. In particular, the agency called the possibility of increased cyberintrusions likely, given the combination of the shift to online systems and a lack of preparation by most organizations.
Nearly two years later, the FBI has its hands full as those warnings have come to fruition.
Hospitals and payers are in full panic mode in the wake of recent highly publicized attacks. The latest example is Monday's cyberattack on MedStar Health, which operates 10 hospitals in the District of Columbia and Maryland. The FBI is investigating the incident as a possible ransomware attack, the same kind that paralyzed Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in February before executives opted to pay $17,000 to get control of its systems back.
While employees at MedStar, Hollywood Presbyterian and other health systems all likely have been trained on cybersecurity, it bears repeating that staff education matters. Read more...
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