Finding the right technology for patient segments, "beer and pretzel" communication and explanation of consent forms from trusted clinicians are three engagement strategies that worked for some Beacon Communities.
Using a large EHR-based dataset, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found evidence supporting the FDA's warnings of the risks for abnormal heart rhythms associated with the antidepressant citalopram.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two toolsets, one for small physician practices and one for independent pharmacies, meant to help support e-prescribing implementation.
Jimmy Farris played for the Redskins and Falcons. Now, he's looking to harness that grit in a fight for Idaho congress, and among his campaign strategies is to point out the benefits health reform has already brought to Idahoans.
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.
Healthcare providers must assure patients the utmost security, confidentiality, and integrity of sensitive information. This means maintaining total HIPAA compliance within their organization, including healthcare IT infrastructure. This white paper elucidates HIPAA compliant IT infrastructure, from physical and environmental controls, to appropriate guidelines between a Covered Entity and data center provider when outsourcing. It also helps clarify key points including service provider qualifications, and why Business Associate Agreements are integral for establishing accountability with partners.
The Drug Enforcement Agency recently released its much-anticipated Interim Final Rule (IFR) on electronic prescribing of controlled substances. While additional clarification is needed from DEA, the rule opens the door for electronic transmission of controlled-substance prescriptions to pharmacies and removes a significant barrier to the overall use of electronic prescribing.
While issues surrounding EHR incentives and certification have dominated the lion's share of the industry's attention related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), there has been little discussion about other technologies that, when used in coordination with electronic records, can further improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care.