As Stage 2 of meaningful use continues to raise the bar in terms of how and when hospitals and physician groups must make patient data available, patient care organizations have been continuing to develop innovative methods to increase patients’ role in healthcare. To this end, the OpenNotes initiative is bringing patient engagement to a new level at Geisinger Health System .
The New York-based Mount Sinai Medical Center has adopted an enterprise-grade mobile care-coordination mobile app which employs a special HIPAA-secure group text messaging system that improves communication between team members who coordinate care of patients with complex medical conditions.
As healthcare records move to electronic systems, data routinely collected as part of medical care hold the promise to dramatically increase the opportunities for learning and improving care on a national scale, in addition to reducing costs. But collecting routine data with every patient encounter simply doesn’t happen enough, and that’s something that needs to change.
The findings of a comprehensive data breach report released by Verizon this week suggests that no industry is immune to cybercrime, and that the experiences of other affected industries can provide lessons for healthcare providers to safeguard their data.
While facilities have increased activities to stop the spread of the intestinal superbug Clostridium difficile, those efforts are not yielding large improvements, according to a nationwide survey of infection preventionists released by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
The East Lansing, Mich.-based Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) Shared Services signed an agreement with digital certificate provider DigiCert and health information services provider (HISP) Nitor Group to use DigiCert’s federally bridged certificates for secure interstate sharing of electronic health information.
Three core healthcare IT issues—meaningful use, interoperability, and consumer exchange—dominated discussions during the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Town Hall on March 4 at HIMSS 13 in New Orleans.
At a pre-conference session on meaningful use on Sunday, Mac McMillan, chairman and CEO of CynergisTek, Inc., Austin, Texas, advised provider organizations to be prepared for privacy and security audits associated with meaningful use attestation.
February 26, 2013 Jeff Smith, Assistant Director of Advocacy at CHIME
The Office of the National Coordinator announced the creation of a new workgroup, under the direction of the Health IT Policy Committee, which will focus on issues related to the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act.
MacMcMillan, co-founder and CEO of the consulting firm CyngerisTek, and chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy task Force, shares with HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland his concerns of the enormous gaps in managing threats to data and information security in healthcare.
Social media and healthcare, especially when you’re talking about hospitals, is most assuredly an awkward marriage. However, those in the industry who wish to dismiss social media, should look no further than a recent study from the Healthcare Innovation Technology Laboratory as potential proof of its value in assessing quality and patient satisfaction.
While researching an article on cloud computing recently, I had an opportunity to interview hospital CIOs on their opinions of the cloud. While the CIOs I spoke with acknowledged potential benefits of the cloud to reduce costs and foster more collaboration among users, they are taking a decidedly cautious approach when it comes to implementing it in their organizations.