Data breaches have become the "inciting incident" that--much like in a story--precipitates the plot, writes Christopher Paidhrin in a blog post for HealthcareInfoSecurity.com. Now, he says, that incident must lead to a refocusing of thinking and behavior in IT security.
As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights ramps up its audits of healthcare entities in the coming months, there is a sense among some that there will be a flood of fines levvied compared to actions that have already been taken. Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force, and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, actually foresees trouble looming at the state level for providers, as well.
Current healthcare literature says that without robust analytics technology, healthcare organizations can't fully achieve the goal of affordable, high-quality care, good intentions notwithstanding. The data is there, but the healthcare industry does not have an evenly distributed knowledge of how to use it effectively.
In July 2012, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, a 563-bed Children's and university hospital in Hershey, Pennslyvania, launched a telemedicine network to provide stroke care to rural patients in Central Pennsylvania. The hub-and-spoke network, which started off with five initial partners, now has doubled in size, and, according to neurologist Raymond Reichwein, is set to add four more partner hospitals over the next six months.
Hackers likely used the computer bug Heartbleed to gain access to the data of about 4.5 million patients at Community Health Systems--and the FBI is warning other hospitals they could be at risk, too, Reuters reports.
The official compliance date for ICD-10 is a little more than a year away and as healthcare organizations work toward implementation they have many concerns--especially the toll it will take on costs and productivity.
FierceHealthIT recently spoke with Mac McMillan, chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force and CEO of IT security consulting firm CynergisTek, about the current state of healthcare security. In part 1 of this two-part interview, McMillan discusses what he thinks hospital CIOs need to focus on.
The use of predictive analytics has helped to improve the efficiency of care delivered by providers at Massachusetts General Hospital. In particular, a search-engine tool developed in 2007 known as the Queriable Patient Interface Dossier (QPID) has been key to those efforts.
A ban on the practice of telemedicine abortions in Iowa, approved by the state's board of medicine last summer, has been upheld by a district judge.
Health information exchanges are like Facebook for doctors, according to a Brookings article: They want to be where their friends are.
When it comes to leading a healthcare organization, success lies in the "ability to demonstrate emotional and behavioral intelligence," says David Miller, CIO at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released an Application Programming Interface to make data on medical device adverse events more accessible to the public.
Government leaders, healthcare providers and patient advocates alike have made it clear that engaging patients in their own care will continue to a top priority in the health industry going forward, particularly as payment models shift to reward improved outcomes over volume. Not everyone in the health industry, however, believes that more engagement equals better results.
Healthcare needs leaders in the network neutrality debate who can bridge the needs of clinical practice and technology to ensure the Internet continues to serve the public good, according to a blog post at Health Affairs.
For people who live in rural areas, getting needed access to healthcare can be a hassle, but facilities across the U.S. and Canada are using telemedicine to solve that problem.
About a third of data won't be published when the Open Payments database, meant to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors, first launches to the public.
Data security is one of the healthcare industry's biggest obstacles, and the key to addressing that is understanding and identifying areas of risk, says Blair Smith, Ph.D., dean of Informatics-Management-Technology at American Sentinel University.
Atlanta-based cancer screening laboratory LabMD is calling on a Federal Trade Commission administrative judge to sanction FTC for an alleged "secretive relationship" with Tiversa, a peer-to-peer intelligence and security services firm.
Healthcare organizations must improve their information governance (IG) practices, which are an "undeniable imperative," according to an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) white paper.
When it comes to security at Texas Health Resources, a 25-hospital organization, CIO Ed Marx says it is every employee's responsibility.