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Providers are relying more on technology than ever as they transition to electronic records, participate in health information exchanges and adopt other tech systems. Read the latest healthcare IT news here.

Hospitals are vulnerable to security risks, putting patient data, care in danger

Hospital IT departments are overwhelmed and understaffed. Problem is, they are a goldmine of data when it comes to hackers. In this guest post, Ray Overby, co-founder and president of a software and security services firm specializing in mainframe security, identifies how hospitals are at risk.

Medical device threats: New frontier of cybersecurity risk

You already know your hospital’s IT infrastructure is vulnerable to data breaches, but there could be even more insidious ways for hackers to attack patients. One of those methods may involve accessing the medical devices used to treat your patients.  

How your business can ensure HIPAA-compliant backups

  HIPAA compliance doesn’t stop at the data you’re actively using. It applies to everything in your organization – up to and including your backups. In this guest post, Tim Mullahy, executive VP and managing director of an enterprise class, tier 3 data center, explains how to ensure you aren’t caught off-guard by that fact […] [MORE]

How healthcare organizations can use TEM best practices to reduce costs

The healthcare industry is being turned on its head because of decreasing revenues; increasing costs; regulations that require compliance, such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA); and, the widespread adoption of mobile technologies. Due to these trends, there’s increased pressure on healthcare organizations to reduce costs, create new revenue streams and improve […] [MORE]

Encourage Baby Boomers to use patient portals: Here’s how

As people live longer and have better access to health care, your patient population will continue to grow older. With that aging patient mix comes a range of new obstacles your hospital will need to overcome to keep providing quality patient care. 

Keys to creating an effective mobile strategy at your hospital

As mobile technology becomes even more prevalent, your hospital will need to create clear strategies and written policies governing how it should be used within your facility and by your staff. If your organization doesn’t have anything set in stone, you may want to change that. 

The hidden value of transparency in master data management

It’s no secret that a robust and reliable master data management (MDM) solution can help a health system or insurance provider make better strategic business decisions. However, those tools are only effective if they adhere to the core tenants of process improvement – self-sufficiency and trust. To achieve these goals, hospitals and insurance providers need an […] [MORE]

Six steps for launching a clinical integration network quality program

As the US healthcare system increasingly turns to a value-based structure, more providers and healthcare organizations are forming clinical integration networks (CIN) to collaborate on improving the quality and efficiency of care, while allowing themselves to continue to operate independently. In this guest post, Lea Vlacos, a healthcare consultant, provides six fundamental steps to launching […] [MORE]

Combining claims, EHR data creates a Rosetta Stone for population health

Healthcare organizations have massive amounts of data to share with payors and vice versa, to provide a timely, accurate picture of patients’ health status and care gaps. Problem is many issues hinder the sharing of these data sets. In this guest post, Eileen Cianciolo, chief product officer for a company that provides healthcare analytics solutions […] [MORE]

How to improve your healthcare organization’s business intelligence

As healthcare organizations pursue improvements in productivity and clinical outcomes, they’re also increasingly turning to business intelligence (BI) systems and staff to provide the data and tools needed to achieve and sustain such gains. The problem is, many organizations’ BI teams – tasked with a myriad of urgent and competing internal demands – often lack […] [MORE]

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