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.

The storage conundrum

Healthcare_Feb06_AThe 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.

Medical device connectivity market to boom

HealthcareGeneral_Dec03_AThe 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 the integration of medical devices.

Launching your patient portal

HealthcareIT_Nov04_ATechnology 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 health-care provider.

The benefits of standardized coding

HealthcareGeneral_Oct02_AOn 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.

Tackling meaningful use Stage 2

HealthcareIT_Aug29_ASome 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 exchange, security, imaging and patient engagement.

Three questions to ask your payers about ICD-10

GenhealthcareIT_July31_AIt’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 if your claims can be accepted by the biggest payer in the industry—and, since many health plans follow Medicare’s lead, you could be guessing about other payers as well.