Healthcare News & Insights

How merchant services software can improve the efficiency of healthcare payment systems

Considering national healthcare spending is projected to increase by 5.5% per year from 2017 to 2026, security and efficiency are more important than ever for today’s hospitals. Existing healthcare payment processing solutions are often outdated, cumbersome and need to be revamped to reduce costs and provide better patient experiences. Some of the main areas that […] [MORE]

7 key factors for healthcare mergers and affiliations

Mergers and affiliations allow hospitals to share expenses and offer patients a wide array of services. In this guest post, Robin Figueroa, a consultant with a California-based healthcare management consulting firm, offers seven steps you need to consider when undertaking a merger.

3 easy cures for unhealthy medical knowledge management

Many of today’s healthcare organizations still show symptoms of underdeveloped knowledge management processes. In this guest post, Mike Hicks, VP of strategy at a developer of online communities and social software for business, offers symptoms that suggest your information management process might be lacking and ways to fix them.

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. 

How Millennials will change healthcare IT

Millennials want the same seamless digital experience in health care that they have in other aspects of their lives. At the same time, having grown up in an online world, they’re keenly aware of privacy risks. They ardently want healthcare providers to increase protection of their personal health information (PHI) and what they see as […] [MORE]

Endpoint Rx: Healthcare delivery requires secure mobile technology

Innovative healthcare delivery powered by mobile technology is just what the doctor ordered. In 1930, 40% of physician visits happened in the patient’s home, but by 1980, only 1% of appointments were house calls. Many factors are now driving an upswing in mobile, remote and home health care: an aging population, technology advances, ACA-related insurance […] [MORE]

Patient data’s biggest threat: Man vs. machine

In 2015, the healthcare industry experienced 265 recorded cybersecurity data breaches, and those are just the ones that affected more than 500 patients, according to the Office of Civil Rights. While attacks on large-scale providers made headlines, organizations of all sizes are constantly at risk of a breach. In this guest post, Mark Johnson, founder […] [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]

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]

Network checklist: How to make your infrastructure more resilient

Healthcare innovation can be a double-edged sword: The evolution is occurring rapidly, and networks must be flexible enough to respond to new and ever-changing demands. In this guest post, Karin Ratchinsky, director of healthcare vertical strategy at a global communications provider, explains that to keep up, IT systems must be both nimble and resilient, with […] [MORE]

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