Wireless technology reforms health care

Healthcare organizations have an extremely dynamic work environment – doctors, nurses, staff and patients are constantly on the move. In spite of all the stress and pressure, the organization must do its best to lower costs while trying to improve patient satisfaction and safety. This is why healthcare administrators are increasingly relying on wireless technology […]

A hacker’s paradise

You may not want to rely on the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) app approval system: Roughly 90 percent of Android health-care apps have been hacked, and 22 percent of them were FDA-approved. That information comes from the latest State of Mobile App Security report from Arxan Technologies, which attributed the high rate to a […]

How to improve patient satisfaction

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2014 annual conference attendees were fortunate to get some tips for improving patient satisfaction from Joan Hablutzel, senior industry analyst with the MGMA—because doing so is essential to the success of a medical practice in an increasingly competitive health-care marketplace. Here are 10 of them. Say hello and smile when […]

Obtaining patient engagement

For the first time ever, achieving meaningful use depends on patient behavior: Meaningful use Stage 2 requires at least 5 percent of a health-care provider’s patients to be engaged in their own care— either through an electronic medical record (EMR) or an online portal. The push for patient engagement is understandable, if data provided by […]

Protecting your network

As of June 30, 2014, more than 1,000 data breaches affecting more than 500 patients each have been reported to the Department of Health & Human Services – for a total of roughly 32,000,000 people who have had their privacy compromised. And, according to the annual Redspin Breach Report, published in February of 2014, 7.1 […]

Debunking three ICD-10 myths

As we move toward the October 2015 compliance deadline for ICD-10, the Journal of AHIMA has tackled three misconceptions about the new coding system. ICD-9 isn’t so bad. In reality, ICD-9 is obsolete, and the longer it is in use, the more the quality of health-care data will decline, leading to faulty decisions based on […]

It’s time to get ready for ICD-10

The compliance date for ICD-10 is farther away than it once was, but it’s still coming — and health-care practitioners should be moving forward with preparedness plans, if the results of a recent survey are any indication. The survey — which questioned physician practices, hospitals, payers, vendors, and others — was conducted by eHealth Initiative […]

Are you in the right cloud?

Not all clouds are created equal, at least when it comes to encryption. Most cloud providers say they encrypt data, which engenders a sense of security—but there is a weakness in the process. Data —say, a medical record— is indeed encrypted when you send it to the cloud. But, when it arrives at the server […]

Are you in the right cloud?

Not all clouds are created equal, at least when it comes to encryption. Most cloud providers say they encrypt data, which engenders a sense of security—but there is a weakness in the process. Data —say, a medical record— is indeed encrypted when you send it to the cloud.

Recent hacker attack highlights need for security

Multiple cyber attacks, possibly by hacker group Anonymous, plagued the Boston Children’s Hospital in April – highlighting the need for data security in all health-care environments. The attacks may have been a response to the case of 15-year-old patient Justina Pelletier, who the hospital reported to the state as being the victim of medical neglect, […]