With HIPAA audits this fall expected to be more narrow in focus, healthcare organizations and their business associates must ensure that their documentation is meticulous, according to Adam Green, a privacy attorney with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.
Effective integration with a health information exchange isn't easy, but there are ways to shorten the roadblocks and develop a comprehensive HIE strategy. To that end, Sean Kennedy, director of health information exchange at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and Nicole Heim, CIO Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center, speaking Wednesday at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington, D.C., shared their experiences with HIE integration.
Meaningful Use Stage 3 should embrace interoperability at its core to foster creation of a truly interoperable health data infrastructure, according to a report conducted by JASON, an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology.
What's the key to managing readmission risks? Not playing whack-a-mole by quickly combatting problems as they arise, according to Ray Hess, vice president of information management at West Chester, Pa.-based Chester County Hospital.
Bed management, enterprise resource planning and financial modeling applications are expected to be some of the hottest on the market among hospitals, according to a new report from HIMSS Analytics.
The latest delay to the ICD-10 transition will be both disruptive and costly for healthcare delivery innovation and must not last beyond a year, says a coalition of healthcare organizations, including the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Health Information Management Association.
State Medicaid agencies that outsource administrative functions to foreign contractors could be putting personal health information at risk, warns a report from the Office of the Inspector General.
CEOs are giving CIOs some more credit where credit is due, according to a new survey from Gartner, Inc., which found that CIOs are thought of as the title most responsible for driving digital innovation and change at companies.
Privacy has the potential to crash big data before there's a chance to get it right, and finding the right balance is key to future success, experts argued at a Princeton University event earlier this month.
When the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office for Civil Rights resumes HIPAA audits this fall, its own staff will conduct what it's calling "desk audits" of a narrower focus and comprehensive on-site audits "as resources allow."
The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization is calling for collaboration on patient safety to create a "a non-punitive learning environment" to bring about improvement.
When it comes to maintaining the safety of health information technology and patient data, encryption is almost always one of the first recommendations made by security experts. That's why news this week about the "Heartbleed"computer bug--which compromised Web encryption program OpenSSL, opening "hundreds of thousands of websites to data theft"--is so disturbing for the industry.
Some healthcare professionals may view telehealth as threatening and as a result, organizations should work to minimize potential disruptions, according to a new study published in BMC Health Services Research.
Google Glass--no longer just a hopeful idea or cool trend--is slowly but surely disrupting healthcare for the better as various innovaters come up with creative ways to use the technology and get results
Hospital CIOs serving on FierceHealthIT's Editorial Advisory Board, said they will continue to stay the course with their health IT efforts in spite of the sudden resignation of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.