The new HIPAA creates a web of liability, which is an upside for properly prepared healthcare organizations, so here are suggestions on how to ensure files containing protected health information are secure when moving them around.
Healthcare organizations need to plan for security in the transmission, storage, and use of potentially massive amounts and new kinds of data that devices such as Google Glass will create, and that includes educating patients that data thieves may be lurking behind free health applications.
Mobile health clinics enable underserved patients to access and consult with specialists at the University of Miami Health System. Participants are hoping the effort will tap IT to "transform care in an organized way."
With an eagle-eyed watch on the implementation of a new Medicaid claims system in 2015, Montana's CIO Ron Baldwin says he wants the state's recently redesigned health and human services IT systems to last several decades. Which is why he is plotting the project similarly to how an urban planner might.
The future of affordable care depends on advancing big data for bending the cost curve and improving quality of care. Exposing the black box provides insights and visibility that will shape best practices, remove waste, streamline algorithms, all to improve outcomes.
The mobile application, which emphasizes preventive care benefits and services covered by the Affordable Care Act, is intended to empower individuals to be more engaged in improving and maintaining their family's health.
In a case pitting the AMA and other medical societies against the biotech industry, the Supreme Court will consider whether genes or gene mutations can be patented. How a ruling either way would impact personalized medicine is also up for debate.
Dan Diamond ran a triage unit in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and was in-country immediately after the earthquake struck Haiti. The difference between available mobile technologies for each disaster was like night and day, but there are still some apps and tools he said would be really helpful.