EHRs are used in both inpatient and ambulatory settings to document care and share information across departments. Topics include: vendor selection, system deployment, and workflow analysis. On the inpatient side, best-of-breed versus single source is a perennial debate as CIOs automate the widely diverse departments under their purview, such as the surgical suite, radiology and intensive care. On the ambulatory side, group practices wrestle with physician productivity issues and creating interfaces to outside service partners such as labs.
The latest major hacking of a healthcare organizations information network, this time affecting CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and 1.1 million of its members, reminds stakeholders that sophisticated cyber attacks quickly are becoming a game-changing development within the industry.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield first learned in May 2014 of malware on an information system that was hacked a month later, according to two health information security consultants. But the Blues plan apparently did not realize the malware was not completely eradicated and the system was hacked a month later.
One of the nation's leading multi-sector computational research partnerships is expanding its reach into big health data analytics.
In an industry dominated by billion-dollar deals and the launch of teraflop-scale analytics platforms, a $1,000 prize won by a graduate student may not appear to offer particularly salient lessons, but don't tell that to Spencer Kohn.
As the House Energy and Commerce Committee prepares to vote tomorrow on the 21st Century Cures Act, Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) hope to address the legal challenges of electronically exchanging behavioral health data.
When investigating breaches of protected health information, the HHS Office for Civil Rights has often found that organizations in many ways were not compliant with the HIPAA Security Rule to consistently secure protected health information. In particular, a risk analysis often was not performed or was done but never updated as the vulnerability landscape changed.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will begin its markup today of the 21st Century Cures Act, with opening statements by committee members late this afternoon and the proceedings continuing tomorrow morning. However, stakeholder opinions about the proposed legislation run the gamut from praise to outright condemnation regarding such hot-button technology issues as health information technology interoperability and telehealth.
The Health Information Technology Policy Committee, which advises federal officials on health IT issues, has added three new members to its ranks.
The American healthcare system is under siege. In the last 15 months, there have been multiple major breaches of protected health information, each affecting more than 1 million individuals. And most expect the threats to increase. How can providers best defend against the onslaught? Health Data Management has assembled a set of must-read articles for healthcare executives responsible for protecting patient data.
To address legal and technical complexities of electronically exchanging behavioral health data, the Health IT Policy Committees Privacy and Security Workgroup believes an emerging standard called Data Segmentation for Privacy (DS4P) has value.
When it comes to medical records, there is no lack of people with bad intentions trying to get their hands on that information. Unless healthcare organizations use available technology to protect this data flowing over the Internet, we are bound to witness more attacks like those that struck Anthem and Premera.
An analytics model developed by researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas shows that health information technology systems can help predict hospital readmission rates for congestive heart failure patients and to identify those high-risk patients.
By a voice vote, the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee on Thursday approved the latest draft of its 21st Century Cures Act and forwarded it to the full committee for consideration. While the subcommittee says the proposed bipartisan legislation is the product of more than a year of listening to healthcare stakeholders across the country, the bill has detractors who feel that members of Congress have not been paying attention to their concerns.
The latest draft of the 21st Century Cures Act, forwarded to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration next week, includes language to advance health IT interoperability by decertifying electronic health records products that block information sharing.
Three health information technology companies recently expanded their market share and product lines by acquiring other vendors.