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Health IT departments are quickly transitioning to electronic health records (EHRs), thanks to a push from the federal government, as well as the need to cut costs and improve care. Keep up to date on the latest EHR trends and challenges.

Hacking health care: Inside scoop to the most vulnerable vertical

An IBM report claimed that the healthcare sector was the most frequently attacked sector, as more than 100 million health records were compromised and the report referred to 2015 as “the year of the healthcare breach.” In this guest post, Neil Hartley, head of North American operations for an enterprise legacy-to-cloud software company, details why […] [MORE]

Recovering from ransomware: Healthcare companies can still retrieve their data

Ransomware has grown into a new kind of threat to corporations, and it’s only getting stronger. In fact, Symantec Security Response reports that it saw a 300% increase in daily ransomware attacks in Q1 of 2016 alone, with these numbers particularly hitting the health sector. In this guest post, Phil Richards, chief security officer at […] [MORE]

Why cloud compliance & security should be top priority for hospitals

Many healthcare organizations want to take advantage of cloud-based clinical and support applications. But fear is holding them back. In this guest post, Gerry Grealish, cloud data security product & marketing at a provider of advanced web security solution for global enterprises and government organizations, explains how hospitals can take advantage of cloud solutions while […] [MORE]

EHR tool improved handoffs during shift changes

When shifts change for the day, detailed handoff conversations are essential to keeping patients safe and stable during the transition. They’re also helpful with avoiding errors and adverse events. Taking advantage of available health IT can make handoffs more streamlined, reducing the likelihood that important medical information will fall through the cracks. 

Healthcare employees at frontline in battle against ransomware

Healthcare providers, particularly senior executives, officers and directors, have a legal obligation to adopt procedures and policies to proactively address security threats, like ransomware, and protect patient data at all costs. Failure to do so may give rise to legal and regulatory liability, loss of stock value, loss of revenue and damage to business reputation. […] [MORE]

Is your EHR contingency plan complete? Feds weigh in

For many hospitals, it’s essential to have an effective electronic health records (EHR) system. And it’s equally as important to have a plan in place if something happens to disrupt an EHR’s operations, whether it’s a natural disaster or a cyberattack. 

Hospitals make strides with patient-centered technology

Hospitals are being called upon to make care more patient-centered so patients can take an active role in their care and recovery. As part of that philosophy, facilities have been asked to improve patients’ access to their electronic medical records. In a short time, they’ve come a long way toward meeting this goal. 

3 Reasons to Avoid Piecemeal Network-Building in Healthcare IT

Unlike other industries, the majority of U.S. hospital systems are not-for-profit, and many operate within margins hovering between 2% and 3%. With such tight budgets, healthcare systems have historically reinvested any surplus funds into patient care, often leading to a lag in IT investment. In this guest post, Karin Ratchinsky, director of healthcare vertical strategy […] [MORE]

Why EHRs have trouble reporting quality measures

If you’ve had issues with reporting quality measures using your hospital’s electronic health records (EHR) system, you aren’t alone. According to the results from a pilot project conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), not all EHRs are effective at accurately reporting quality measures – and the reasons why are common across multiple systems […] [MORE]

It’s OCR audit time: How to get ready

Nowadays it’s clear that when hospitals prepare for audits manual processes are insufficient. In this guest post, Sam Abadir, director of product management at a provider of governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) solutions, presents what GRC solutions can offer facilities – operational efficiency, fundamental security and organizational resilience.

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