Remote connectivity has become an essential part of 21st century medical care, says the Telecommunications Industry Association, which is now urging CMS to promote telehealth services in Medicare Advantage Organizations.
Telemedicine is being praised, and rightly so, for folding space and time to deliver first-class healthcare to rural populations as well as homebound city dwellers. What we don't hear so much about are the limitations.
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.
For more than 60 years, Blood Systems has been offering its life-giving services throughout the Western U.S. Blood Systems wanted to optimize its network for business value, migrating to the latest WAN services. Read this white paper to learn how Blood Systems increased flexibility and now support business continuity requirements so the nation’s blood supply wouldn’t be interrupted in the face of a natural disaster or pandemic.
No sooner did Sylvia Matthews Burwell take over as Health and Human Services Secretary than a collection of telemedicine and mHealth associations asked her to eliminate some of the roadblocks to ubiquity.
Four physician champions who have learned to fit mobile apps and devices into their clinical workflow will convene at a breakfast panel, "The World is my Waiting Room," slated for December 9 at the HIMSS Media mHealth Summit.