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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.

2 ways AI will change care delivery in hospitals

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to change how many organizations do business. Hospitals are no exception to the rule. Advances in technology will help facilities provide better care in many ways, and this will likely happen sooner than later. 

ECRI’s top 10 patient safety concerns

Keeping patients safe and happy is a priority for all hospitals. And a big part of that entails watching out for issues that may endanger patients. That’s why ECRI Institute created its list of the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations 2017. 

Wearable technology can enhance long-term patient care

Wearable technologies have been widely adopted by consumers to measure and track aspects of health. Bracelets can track steps and calorie burn, clothing can measure heart rate and VO2 levels. While adoption is slower in clinical settings, some healthcare organizations have begun to integrate wearable technologies into patient care to create more opportunities for e-health […] [MORE]

Medical device security: How hospitals must tackle threats

Medical device security is a hot topic for hospitals. Most ransomware attacks target vulnerable computer equipment running older operating systems and software programs. Hacking devices may appeal to cybercriminals because they’re difficult to update. A new report shows that hospitals need to do more to protect their devices. 

Global ransomware attack wake-up call for hospitals

The latest big ransomware attack has put hospitals across the globe on high alert for cybersecurity. Although U.S. hospitals weren’t hit as hard as those in other countries, facilities still need to make sure their IT infrastructure would withstand a similar event. 

Boosting your bottom line and improving patient engagement with SMS

Text messaging is an increasingly popular way for businesses to interact with their customers. In this guest post Dave Rich, VP of product at a software company/carrier that provides direct access to telephony resources and advanced communication services, explains how hospitals can leverage short message service (SMS) as a communications channel to make the patient […] [MORE]

Tech & medication errors: Are hospitals meeting guidelines?

Reducing medication errors is an ongoing battle for hospitals, and technology is the latest weapon they’re using to fight it. A new report from the Leapfrog Group highlights what many hospitals are doing to keep patients from being harmed due to issues with the medications they’re taking. 

Realizing the promise of hospital/physician integration

New payment models, mounting regulations and growing urgency around compliance have prompted hospital/physician integration as a key strategy to grow revenue and improve patient care. Case in point: The number of physicians employed by hospitals increased nearly 50% between 2012 to 2015, according to the Physician Advocacy Institute. In this guest post, Dan Ward, VP […] [MORE]

Data sharing: Improve security in your hospital

Regarding data breaches, it’s been said that an organization’s greatest liability is its employees. This is especially true for hospitals and healthcare providers. Often, the actions of staff inadvertently cause major HIPAA violations by sharing patient data, and it’s crucial for hospitals to get this behavior under control. 

3 ways AI technology will transform health care

For centuries, healthcare decisions have been made based on a doctor’s best medical judgment about a patients’ condition. Now, however, with the help of recent technological advances, artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to play a larger role in healthcare delivery, treatment decisions and other aspects of care once solely reserved for humans. 

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