Healthcare News & Insights

10 best practices to secure healthcare data

Data breaches in health care come in a variety of forms. They can include cases in which criminal hackers steal protected health information to commit medical identity theft, or instances when an employee views the records of one patient without authorization. 

14 key factors for EHR system usability

When evaluating EHR systems, one of the most important factors to pay attention to is usability. No matter how well a system satisfies the requirements for incentive programs, shares information with other systems, or protects sensitive patient data, the organization won’t see much benefit if EHRs aren’t easy to use.

Study: EHRs don’t deliver fast lab test results

Although one of the reported benefits of EHRs is that they can help doctors and patients receive test results more quickly than in a paper-based system, a new study says that isn’t always the case in practice. 

Most doctors engage in this risky EHR behavior, study says

While EHRs and other health IT can improve patient safety and the quality of care, they can also introduce new risks if they aren’t used properly. And there’s one risky practice that’s common among doctors who use EHRs: 

Study: IT support, EHR training key to improving quality of care

A primary goal of increased health IT adoption is to improve the quality of care delivered to patients. And according to a new study, it’s not just the technology that’s needed, but strong tech support, as well. 

Studies: Health IT increasing injuries in doctors and nurses

Health IT tools can help improve care and outcomes for patients. But according to recent studies, they may also create new health issues – for doctors and other staff. 

Work with local colleges to overcome health IT talent shortage

Finding qualified health IT pros is a struggle, but organizations may find ways to beat the competition by working with local colleges that offer health IT training programs.

Hospital employees fired for snooping

Many insider threats at health care organizations are employees who steal information to commit fraud or sell it to criminals. However, there’s another common type of insider theft that can get providers in serious HIPAA trouble: when employees let their curiosity get the better of them and view or copy information they aren’t authorized to access. 

Survey: Most businesses don’t protect against mobile security threats

Most organizations are starting to use smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, and health care providers are no different. Unfortunately, mobile security practices haven’t kept pace. 

Survey: Security is not a top priority for healthcare organizations

To protect health information, providers must have support for information security throughout the entire organization. However, that’s not how it works in most places, according to a recent survey.