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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.

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.

Object storage: Curing the healthcare industry’s data headaches

Medical science has made incredible progress with disease management and life expectancies. But there’s one frontier that still needs to be crossed for the healthcare industry to provide the best possible care: the data problem. In this guest post, Jonathan Ring, co-founder and CEO of a software development firm, explains how object storage may be […] [MORE]

One EHR tweak could cut medication costs & boost outcomes

Prescription medication can get pricey, and it’s a big contributor to the rise of healthcare costs in this country. There are several ways a hospital can make an impact regarding the rising costs of medication, including encouraging providers to write more scripts for generic medications. 

Middleware solutions gaining popularity as interoperability sling shot

A major source of safety issues and frustrations in the healthcare industry is the lack of electronic health records (EHR) interoperability. In this guest post, Thanh Tran, CEO of a medical software company, offers up middleware solutions as an option to bringing this problem to an end.

Avoid 4 common errors with your hospital’s EHR

Hospitals need to have electronic health records (EHR) systems that meet the needs of staff and patients. Using a system that doesn’t work for both groups can hurt your ability to provide high-quality care in an efficient manner, which could cause many problems down the line.  

Added security risk of mobile healthcare workforce

Healthcare organizations are certainly not immune to cyber attacks. Sensitive data and personal health information (PHI) contained in patient records are often the ultimate target and can be extremely valuable to hackers. In this guest post, Nick Owen, president of a two-factor authentication provider, explains what make this data so valuable and how two-factor authentication can help protect […] [MORE]

3 steps to make your EHR more user-friendly

Making electronic health records (EHR) systems more user-friendly for physicians has been a significant challenge for many facilities. But it’s an issue that your hospital needs to address directly. 

Keep ED patients safe: Common information system errors

Emergency department information systems (EDIS) provide much-needed help, such as legible documentation, retrieval of past patient information and adherence to best practices. But just like with anything else, with the positives come the negatives. 

Understanding the HIPAA conduit exception rule

In January 2013, the “conduit exception” rule was defined as part of the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule, which set new requirements for business associates (BA). It continues, however, to cause confusion for hospitals that may be signing up providers who manage their protected health information (PHI), but aren’t fully HIPAA compliant. In this guest post, […] [MORE]

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