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Case Study - Baylor College of Medicine: Taking Research and Discovery to the Cloud

The Challenge

To conduct even more groundbreaking research and publish results faster, Baylor College must enable its faculty and students to concentrate on their research without distractions. However, procuring IT infrastructure for research projects is an expensive and lengthy task.

Where does Baylor College turn?

The Resolve

To the cloud – specifically, private discovery cloud infrastructure.

Driving True Patient Engagement Beyond The Basic Patient Portal

Some healthcare organizations have a patient portal in place simply to meet meaningful use requirements. Others, however, are taking a more strategic approach to patient engagement. In “Driving True Patient Engagement: Beyond the Basic Patient Portal”, P. Nelson Le, MD, senior clinical advisor at InterSystems, explains how the next generation of portal technology, untethered from individual EHRs, can be part of a robust patient engagement initiative that transforms patient behavior and improves patient/clinician collaboration.

Cloud Computing—Lowering Cost and Complexity Barriers in the Healthcare Industry

IT has been tasked to deliver fast, reliable, and secure access to critical information while handling the growing volumes of clinical notes, images, diagnostics, scheduling, and billing, all while adhering to HIPAA and HiTech mandates.

How can healthcare organizations acquire the necessary hardware and software to envelope this vast chasm of medical data while remaining compliant and in budget?

E-book: Defending The BYOD Healthcare Landscape: Strategies for Safeguarding Patient Data

When it comes to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, enterprises face an inherent conflict between leveraging the potential benefits of flexibility, productivity, and individual choice offered by mobile devices, while maintaining centralized oversight and addressing security and privacy concerns.

Many issues still stand in the way of the advancement of BYOD implementation. However, there are forward-looking enterprises that are loosening restrictions while addressing data security and privacy. Additional areas of focus for BYOD implementation are:

Focus on Technology: Preparing your practice for ICD-10


The October 1st ICD-10 deadline is approaching. Is your medical practice ready?

Healthcare organizations that fail testament to ICD-10 IT requirements will risk reimbursement delays, increased claim rejections, and reduced reimbursement due to incorrect or incomplete documentation.

E-book: To The Cloud! A New Age in Healthcare IT

As more and more healthcare organizations are making the shift to the cloud, data security, successful implementation, and patient privacy have become top-of-mind concerns.

With the vast amounts of data housed in healthcare organizations, it is vital to the security of the information and the success of the implementation that certain precautions are taken. Cloud computing allows for analysis of these large data sets, enabling us to build better outcomes and better diagnoses.

E-book: The Healthcare Providers’ Guide to Revenue Cycle Management: Vital Forward-Thinking Investments

As healthcare and IT merge into a cohesive entity, providers look towards technological innovation to find the next “cure” in fighting disease, advancing quality of care, and still meeting the financial bottom line.

With recent legislation from HIPAA, ICD-10 and Meaningful Use, hospitals are now legally obligated to meet lofty (and expensive) standards for their healthcare information technology (HIT) hardware and software. How do these organizations comply with these mandates without breaking the bank?

BYOD Policy Template for Better Security

The use of mobile devices has become an integral component of most people's personal and professional lives today. Businesses now understand that employees often utilize their personal mobile devices in the workplace; however, this raises several safety and privacy concerns that must be addressed.

This brief provides a guideline for BYOD workplace policies to ensure the confidentiality of protected information and improve staff efficiency.

Readers will gain insight into strategies how to fortify enterprise-wide, mobile security efforts:

Top 5 Reasons Your Hospital is Ready to Graduate to Data-Driven Medication Reconciliation

Transitions of care and discharge can be a major challenge for care providers. 

Approximately 20% of Medicare patients are readmitted to the hospital within one month of discharge.  Missed data on patient allergies or medication regiment, inaccurate medications recorded from an incoherent patient or manually from clinical notes—all of these errors can often be the difference between readmission and successful recovery. 

The CIO’s BYOD Toolbox: Top Trends for HIPAA Compliant mHealth

A recent survey by HIMSS reported that 83% of respondents indicated that physicians at their organization were using mobile technology to facilitate some patient care.

Healthcare IT managers, directors, and CIOs in healthcare are experiencing new demands for supporting mobile health (mHealth) and BYOD practices. They are fielding many questions around mHealth security, reliability and efficiency.

The 2015 Hospital Guide To Bring Your Own Device Policies

Research finds that BYOD policies can save money.

To maximize those monetary benefits, an effective BYOD policy requires thoughtful planning, investment and execution to maintain the integrity and security of patient information. This guide focuses on the critical points to consider when designing a BYOD policy for a healthcare facility.

When constructing a BYOD policy, the big questions for employers and employees generally include:

Best Practices: High-Level Infrastructure Achievements Drive EHR Success at Mercy Health System

In light of recent mandates regarding required EHR integration in hospitals, it has become more and more clear that these systems are paramount to improving patient diagnoses and reducing overall costs.

In this case study, Mercy Technology Services (MTS) describes the process it followed to roll out Mercy’s EHR solution, with the goal of providing centralized IT operations for Mercy’s 32 hospitals, located across several U.S. states.

E-book: Latest Developments on Cloud Computing and Security

Today, healthcare organizations are one of the top targeted industries in terms of cyber security threats. According to HIT expertise, this largely is contributed to having 99% of all health records being hosted electronically and the high value of patients’ records.

7 Myths of Healthcare Cloud Security Debunked

Cloud computing could be the next game-changer in healthcare.

However, not all Healthcare IT professionals are sold on that idea.

A conventionally risk-averse industry, healthcare has been relatively slow to adopt the cloud. Despite significant growth in cloud-based services, 61 percent of healthcare IT respondents indicated security as a top concern. Nonetheless, many of the concerns about cloud computing security are found to be more myth than fact.

Fact or fiction - Debunk the myths of the cloud:

Secure HIPAA Compliant Cloud Computing

Keeping pace with what seems to be an endless run of federal regulations and oversight that impacts healthcare IT has become a difficult task. In the last few years, operating in the healthcare industry has become exponentially more complex, especially in regards to new mandates: HIPAA and HiTech.

However, there is good news!

Given the directives in the 2013 HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule and the fact that cloud hosting vendors store, transmit and process PHI, service providers must comply with the same mandates for data protection as the healthcare organization.

CASE STUDY: Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Automates and Improves Medication Reconciliation

Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, an 81-bed private non-profit hospital in North Carolina, recognized the issue with collecting patient medication histories. A complete and accurate list of patient medications could take up to a day to complete in some cases. This issue sparked a data-driven and automated process, resulting in massive time savings.

In this brief case study, readers will review Hugh Chatham’s new method of collecting medication history, fueled by patient data and automated processes. 

Viewers will discover how:

Seizing the Big Data Opportunity in Healthcare

The demand for better, actionable, data has escalated as the industry shifts to a value-based model where financial success is now linked to patient outcomes. This has incentivized researchers to mine data and discover which treatments are most effective and identify patterns in hospital readmissions, allowing for better reimbursements. By harnessing this big data, the healthcare, life sciences, and pharmaceutical industries stand to greatly benefit.

Taking full advantage of big data can result in additional benefits such as:

Electronic Signatures for Healthcare

87% of doctors use a smartphone or tablet device in their workplace.

Tablets and mobile devices have become increasingly popular as productivity tools for clinicians, hence the recent spike in BYOD policy popularity.  91% of healthcare professionals say tablets help them by providing access to information from anywhere. In addition, mobile devices provide the average healthcare user 1.2 hours of productivity gains per day.

Research Report: 12 Things You Need to Know About Value-Based Reimbursement

Public and private payers, including Medicare and some of the nation’s biggest health insurers, plan to hasten the migration of the healthcare reimbursement system from pay-for-volume to pay-for-value.

To prepare for these imminent changes, healthcare providers must rethink their near-term financial and clinical strategies. They must consider not only how to make the transition to new payment models, but also how to maximize their reimbursement in the new world of population health management.

Research Report: When Security Breaches Don’t Have to Be Reported

In the past 5 years, 31.4 million people in the US have had their Protected Health Information (PHI) compromised in privacy and security breaches.  

In an age of electronic health records, mobile devices, and a mobile workforce, keeping PHI secure is challenging. But, it is possible to succeed in securing healthcare data.  

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