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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.

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.

Top 5 Ways to Optimize Epic with Enterprise Content Management

Healthcare organizations are scrambling to optimize their EHR investments to meet the requirements of Meaningful Use in order to deliver the next generation of healthcare. However; one of the main limitations of today's EHRs is that a significant portion of health-related information resides outside of the system.

An Expedient Strategy for Image-Enabling an EHR

For large scale healthcare providers including ACOs, large hospital networks, and physician groups, the fundamentals of care coordination can be daunting. Clinical images and important patient information is, in many cases, scattered across any number of locations, facilities, departments, and systems.

The 7 Essential Layers of Secure Cloud Computing

Cyber theft of patient protected health information (PHI) increased 40 percent between 2009 and 2013, according to an annual survey on data detection policy by the Ponemon Institute.

Why the sudden upsurge?

Children’s Minnesota Integrates EHR System with Smart Infusion Pumps

Children’s Minnesota became the first pediatric hospital system to achieve interoperability between their smart IV infusion pumps and electronic health record (EHR) system.

EBOOK: Preparing for October: Revenue Cycle Management for 2015 ICD-10 Go-Live

In July 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new go-live date for healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10. Per the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), the transition to ICD-10 is required for all healthcare organizations.

CASE STUDY: Midwest Hospital Saves Through Discovery of Hidden Telecom and IT Costs

Healthcare organizations are undergoing major transformations to combat rapidly rising costs and reimbursement restrictions associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With this legislation in mind, hospitals are strictly regimenting budgets across departments, and are actively seeking opportunities to minimize expenses.

Oftentimes for healthcare IT (HIT) teams, these savings can come from examining and monitoring existing assets within their technologies or telecommunications portfolio, to uncover hidden costs to the bottom line.

Case Study: North Shore-LIJ Health System Uses HealthShare to Make Care for High-Risk Patients Less Risky

A large healthcare network in Long Island is using InterSystems HealthShare® to connect diverse EHRs and clinical systems, enabling better coordination of care for individuals and populations. The proof-of-concept project is an automated process for managing the care of high-risk obstetrics patients.

Care givers from across the community share complete and up-to-date information on each patient, including alerts of admissions and any problematic lab results. The result is increased safety and patient satisfaction.

Healthcare Security: 10 Steps to Maintaining Data Privacy in a Changing Mobile World

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the healthcare industry, because medical identity theft is more lucrative than the theft of personal identification information alone. Meanwhile, health care systems are increasingly vulnerable to attack as electronic health records spread, and as the use of web portals for information exchange with patients and providers becomes more common.

Strategic Interoperability: The Clinical and Business Imperative for Healthcare Organizations

HIMSS Analytics conducted a survey to assess the progress of hospitals’ and health systems’ interoperability initiatives – the drivers for their efforts, benefits they are seeking, challenges they face and new opportunities interoperability provides.