To serve patient-centered medical homes, health IT needs to evolve from digitized patient record repositories into interoperable electronic collaboration platforms to further care coordination, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Researchers found that individuals developed workarounds to make up for the functionality that their IT systems lack.
At Springhill Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama, chief information officer Mark Kilborn has a lot to juggle--from cybersecurity to Meaningful Use attestation. But despite all of the 252-bed acute care hospital's projects, Kilborn cites the passion of his staff in helping patients as vital to the facility's success.
In the first of a monthly series highlighting hospital CIOs around the country, Kilborn spoke with FierceHealthIT about his management style, his biggest on-the-job challenges and the demands that lie ahead.
As details continue to emerge following the recent hack attacks on payers Anthem and Premera--in which information for close to 90 million consumers combined may have been put at risk--perhaps the most disturbing revelation of all is that, in both instances, neither entity appears to truly take security seriously.
Premera, for instance, knew three weeks prior to the initial penetration of its systems in May 2014 that network security issues loomed large. A report sent by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Office of Inspector General detailed several vulnerabilities, including a lack of timely patch implementations and insecure server configurations. Read more...
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