As threats quickly change in healthcare, those looking to a career in privacy and security in the industry should "be like a sponge," says Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Clinical application support continues to be a major hiring need for healthcare organizations, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's second annual workforce survey.
Both the HIMSS and the AMA have weighed in on CMS' proposed rule allowing some flexibility in Meaningful Use attestation for 2014, welcoming the concept but expressing concern that they're not sufficient to help providers out.
As mobility becomes ingrained within mainstream healthcare, a critical element will be the integration of mobile prescription therapy, says a data science and image pattern recognition expert who describes the therapy as a confluence of clinical, behavioral and data science innovation.
Budget constraints have forced many hospital CIOs at entities large and small to triage potential projects and move forward with only those efforts deemed the most necessary.
A newly formed Health Information and Management Systems Society committee focused on the use of mobility in healthcare features 12 members and will formally launch July 1.
Home-based telehealth programs help military service members receive better care at lower costs than fellow service members who only receive in-person care, according to figures touted this week by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials.
It's really not surprising that 83 percent of healthcare organizations are using the cloud to store electronic health record information or other data, as reported this week by HIMSS Analytics. As their new survey points out, hospitals and other providers using cloud EHR vendors have lower maintenance costs, faster deployment and fewer internal IT staffing needs. Moreover, HIMSS Analytics reports that even more providers will flock to the cloud, and those already using it will expand that use. It's like BlackBerry vs. iPhone or, for those who remember, Beta vs. VHS. If one technology overshadows the other, the lesser one becomes outdated and less popular and will eventually be put out to pasture.
Providers should not underestimate the value of external risk assessments, no matter how strong similar internal programs seem to be, an IT security official at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia said.
An HHS security risk assessment tool to help providers in small- and medium-sized offices determine vulnerability to potential privacy attacks needs some work, say HIMSS officials.