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, ultimately resulting in the state assuming custody.

Focus on your core business by outsourcing your IT

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Denis Tanguay’s workload has quadrupled over the past few years, and he has been struggling to stay on top ensuring that systems are secure and available when his employees need it. How did he overcome these struggles? He found a solution in outsourcing. As the CIO for Central Maine Healthcare explained […]

Do you have a business-intelligence system?

More than half of health-care organizations have not implemented business-intelligence systems, according to a survey, and that could hurt their bottom lines. Business intelligence is the transformation of raw data into useful information for business purposes. It shows you what’s going on in your practice and how your practice could improve. According to the survey […]

The storage conundrum

The move to digital technology is saving time and reducing errors, but it’s also creating an unprecedented amount of data that must be stored. According to a BridgeHead Software survey, the health-care industry generates almost a third of the world’s data, which it says “increases day after day.” While the majority of respondents to the […]

Meaningful use has been good business – but not perfect

In the early 2000s – even into the current decade – health care had some catching up to do when it came to technology. Much of the industry was paper-based and when technology was used, it was often in separate areas, creating silos of information that couldn’t communicate. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act […]

Medical device connectivity market to boom

The global market for medical device connectivity is projected to top USD$33 billion by 2019, up significantly from USD$3.5 billion in 2013 – and that could have major implications for health-care providers. An increase in medical conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes – which require continuous monitoring – are driving growth in […]

Launching your patient portal

Technology is only the first step in the launch of a patient portal; administrators must make subsequent decisions about everything from patient login protocols to patient record revisions. Stage 2 of meaningful use requires that at least 5% of patients view, download and transmit their health-care information and also send secure electronic messages to their […]

The benefits of standardized coding

On the surface, the move toward electronic medical records (EMRs) focuses on updating hardware and implementing software. Behind the scenes, however, an equally important shift is occurring in the development and implementation of code-standardization programs. The goal of a code-standardization program is to ensure that the health-care provider doesn’t have to think about code selection. […]

Tackling meaningful use Stage 2

Some health-care organizations do not grasp the magnitude of the changes demanded by Stage 2 meaningful use, according to a panel convened at The Institute for Health Technology Transformation’s Denver Health IT Summit earlier this summer. In Stage 1 meaningful use, health-care providers had to demonstrate their ability to perform core tasks, which include data […]

Three questions to ask your payers about ICD-10

It’s impossible to know what will happen on October 1, 2014, but you can get a head start on your preparations by asking your payers some questions about their ICD-10 plans. Will you conduct external testing? Medicare says CMS contractors will not conduct full external testing with business partners, meaning you won’t know for sure […]