Healthcare News & Insights

Hurricanes and health care: 4 ways disaster preparedness can minimize devastating results

Hurricanes are devastating to communities. That’s why hospitals must be prepared for such natural disasters to minimize damages and take care of their current patients and the people affected by the hurricanes. In this guest post, Scott Cormier, VP of emergency management, environment of care and safety at a company that’s dedicated to improving the […] [MORE]

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.

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]

CMS’s PI interoperability rule change is a good start, but is there more it can address?

The healthcare industry has attempted to bridge the gap between medical data and quality patient care. In this guest post, Thanh Tran, CEO of a company that provides preventive care solutions by supporting and facilitating annual wellness visits, chronic care management and behavioral health, and Donald Voltz, MD, Medical Director of a hospital operating room, […] [MORE]

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]

3 strategies to minimize regulatory overload

When it comes to regulatory compliance, hospitals have a lot to contend with and it’s overwhelming. In this guest post, Larry Lacombe, VP of program development and facilities compliance at a company that specializes in facilities management, safety, environment of care, emergency management and compliance, offers three key strategies to minimize the burden of regulatory […] [MORE]