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  • MACRA: Ready or Not, Here It Comes!

    The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) went into effect January 1, 2017. As such, strong collaboration between IT, Quality, and clinicians will be critical for organizations to be compliant and maximize reimbursement. Complex reporting requirements along with strategic and financial implications mean IT must play a pivotal role for any MACRA program to succeed.

  • Top Health IT Trends for 2017: Policy Changes, Technologies, and Strategies That Will Move the Needle

    2017 promises to be another year of “change en masse” for healthcare, as organizations continue to transition to value-based care models.  A new administration in Washington presents a series of new potential policies, with a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the horizon.  The industry buzzwords have echoed and reverberated across the field.  Evidence-Based Medicine driven by patient data, the Learning Health System, IoT cybersecurity practices, artificial intelligence for clinical decision support — they all are slowly emerging and coming to the forefront, but how are org

  • Securing Multi-Function Printers in Healthcare Environments: A Primer

    Cybersecurity has been a hot topic in the world of healthcare IT with the focus mostly on computer networks. But what about printers? The security vulnerability of printers has not garnered the attention it deserves among IT professionals.

    In a recent Ponemon Institute survey, only 44 percent of IT professionals said their organizations' security policies covered network-connected printers. 56 percent of surveyed companies ignored printers in their endpoint security strategy despite 64 percent of IT managers believing their printers were infected with malware.

  • Secure SaaS, Safe Patients: How to Move to the Cloud

    One of the major cybersecurity challenges keeping chief information security officers (CISOs) awake at night is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), a subscription-based system that delivers software applications from the cloud. SaaS frees healthcare organizations from the capital and implementation burdens of on-site software suites, as well as the ensuing costs of maintenance and upgrades, as these are performed centrally by the vendor.

  • Modern Identity Security Strategies for Today's Healthcare IT

    Market and regulatory forces are driving healthcare IT leaders to expand and modernize their digital strategies.  Whether it is building applications to accommodate patient-centric healthcare, fast-paced M&A, or transforming care delivery processes, successful IT leaders are focusing on initiatives that are meant to profoundly impact the healthcare value chain and reinvent operations. 

  • Hybrid Cloud Outcomes: Transforming Research IT to Support Personalized Care

    The Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) applies genomic and clinical information from individuals to develop personalized healthcare for patients. It is a division of Inova Center for Personalized Health (ICPH), which connects researchers, clinicians and consumers to integrate genomic research for patient care, prevention and wellness.

  • Innovation & Interoperability: The Latest Creative and Practical Approaches from the Field

    Even after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urged vendors to be open to interoperability efforts, organizations are continuing the grapple with data exchange between systems. In the same vein, legacy systems continue to silo data, which creates inefficiencies across the enterprise and significant overhead cost with contracted monthly expenses.