Mining individually-identifiable information could constitute a breach if the analysis falls outside HIPAA's scope. What's not clear: whether using patient data to improve products, as opposed to health outcomes, is allowed under the law.
Could cyberthieves target non-healthcare entities to steal medical records? If the FBI is correct about how few companies could withstand the tactics that beat Sony, not many in the U.S. would be in a position to fight.
As industries of all types recognize the importance of data, a new role is emerging in healthcare to harness that information and make it integral to business strategy and execution. Seattle Children's Eugene Kolker is one such Chief Data Officer.
Healthcare organizations are struggling to manage explosive growth and complexity of patient data spread across disparate facilities, applications and silos. To combat this strain, it makes sense to evolve from proprietary solutions such as PACS. Through better data liquidity and accessibility, cloud-based vendor-neutral archive (VNA) solutions can make it easier and less costly to pursue new opportunities, business models and acquisitions.
Private clouds have long seemed a sure bet among the growing cloud options. After all, security concerns and other factors have often given its managers pause over public clouds. Conventional wisdom holds that private clouds are easier to embrace because they’re managed by the in-house IT staff.
As healthcare providers implement health IT to comply with federal mandates and participate in quality of care programs, VNA solutions can play a critical role in helping them meet their needs today and in their future IT initiatives. Forward-thinking healthcare providers around the world are already successfully meeting this challenge with VNA. Download this Healthcare IT News eBook to learn how VNA enables exchange, supports data consolidation and IT simplification.
The healthcare sector is adopting enterprise hybrid cloud across the provider, payer, and life sciences segments with the goal of improving the quality of care, reducing costs, and increasing responsiveness to risk. This industry brief goes over some results of the CIO Global Cloud Computing Adoption Study, a recent survey by IDG Research, and outlines the common hybrid cloud use cases for healthcare organizations. It also details a real-world example of how cloud computing is being used to achieve greater business agility.
Healthcare is dominated by the need for the sharing of detailed patient information as a result of today's information age. But it's also the focal point of the debate of how information is shared versus protecting the need for privacy, security and confidentiality. Data protection is paramount in today’s virtual environment and implementing a Secure Information Exchange (SIE) now will help organizations save both themselves and their patients down the road.
Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are private health plans that have contracted with Medicare to receive a fixed monthly fee in exchange for providing comprehensive healthcare to plan members. In order to provide appropriate care to beneficiaries with varying medical conditions, plans are paid according to the Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score of each patient. Insufficient documentation of chronic conditions can be an obstacle to MA reimbursement. However, even when a condition has been properly documented by the provider, it is often not coded and submitted to Medicare. Read this white paper to learn how to take the complexity out of MA reimbursement.
A recent survey of IT executives found nearly 90% see business value in transitioning to Cloud computing, but only 20% have a plan to get there. Healthcare Cloud solutions require Compliance, Security, Privacy, Redundancy, and Scalability, so choosing the right path from on-premises servers to the Cloud can be daunting. Learn how to chart a quick and affordable course to healthcare Cloud Computing and how to choose the right Cloud services partner.
Adopting the cloud in health is not so much a question of “if” anymore as it is a question of “when”. With all the confusion over the many cloud productivity solutions in the market, how do you align your decision around what matters most to your healthcare organization? The five things you need to know when moving to cloud productivity checklist provides five key considerations health organizations should look for in a cloud solutions provider.
Healthcare IT professionals are under pressure to deliver complex applications with high performance
and security, while tight budgets demand cost reduction initiatives. For this reason, healthcare IT
professionals will seek service-based offerings that reduce the infrastructure burden on their
organizations while reducing operating costs and the associated capital investment. Labor represents the single largest cost for healthcare providers, and workforce management applications are key to monitoring and managing this cost. Workforce management applications are mature, installed solutions at most healthcare providers; many have an opportunity to outsource their application hosting, management, maintenance, and support to qualified service providers. To maintain workforce management applications and services while leveraging IT staff for new clinical implementations, provider IT departments will seek cloud-based cloud service options that preserve service levels for employees and managers using workforce management applications.
In January 2010, QualSight - the nation’s largest LASIK manager serving over 75 million health plan members - was informed that a hack attempt had been made against their infrastructure. They were concerned that a repeat occurrence could take place and wanted to take a pro-active role in eliminating any future occurrence. QualSight began searching for a better solution for its secure Web hosting and online data storage. The company had stringent requirements for both HIPAA and PCI compliance, and could not find a hosting provider with a fully managed solution that took into account both of those high industry standards, while also providing top performance. Download this case study to find out how QualSight finally found a solution that offered complete HIPAA compliancy.
Information Transforms Healthcare. As a Provider, you collect more data than ever before, from EMRs, patient surveys, home monitoring, to imaging. Collaborating on patient care is difficult at best—there’s so much data,
it can’t easily be shared and it’s often incomplete. And new insights can only be derived from
relevant information. IT executives can close the gap between maintenance and innovation budgets and deliver
clinically relevant, operationally efficient, and fiscally sound solutions for the business. How? With a proven IT infrastructure that allows you to securely take advantage of newly digitized data.
The wealth of electronic data generated by the U.S. healthcare system presents a paradox for healthcare providers. Cloud services offers healthcare an attractive solution, helping hospitals scale with ease, better manage resources, and provide fluid access and sharing of medical images across organizations, departments and providers – achieving a connectedness that supports healthcare organizations’ patient care goals. Learn why cloud services may be the solution to your healthcare organization’s medical imaging challenges.
Cloud technology has made it possible to access the necessary apps and data from any device, and with a single sign-on, which can reduce some of the time-consuming activities that would otherwise hinder more effective treatments.
Is this the beginning of the end of health IT's coveted bipartisan support? That, and NYeC's Digital Health Conference 2012, CDC on the verge of opening its cloud to public health, the Government Health IT Virtual Briefing, a debate, and more.