With digitization and interconnected devices come HIPAA compliance costs and a web of security issues. Organizations should thus be devoting extra scrutiny to vendors and designing security architectures from the get-go, one cyber-security analyst suggests.
Social media and mobile health technologies facilitate communication more effectively than even before, but all the information and all the images, as useful as they are, might provoke mental health issues down the road.
The health information exchange model is metamorphosing from its initial phase of Direct secure messaging and patient look-up toward a new age of value-added services that one HIE director believes "will have a profound effect on healthcare," quality across America.
Calling the shortage of information security professionals "dire," a new report says there is an "economic ripple effect across the globe," that includes healthcare organizations. And the finding that more than 66 percent of CIOs are short-staffed does not help.
Humetrix expands its mobile health information hub to arm Apple and Android devices with access to various Blue Button accounts and, in so doing, moves patients closer to the center of their own health records.
A surprising number of healthcare organizations are dissatisfied enough with their EHR to consider switching vendors, according to a new report. Stage 2 of meaningful use is not likely to change that either.
A large percentage of the Americans that the Affordable Care Act aims to bring into the insurance pool access the Web primarily through their smartphones. For the ACA to achieve its potential, federal and state governments must reach those citizens where it's most convenient for the consumer.