If you are in the United Kingdom or anywhere in the European Union, you may have already started working towards GDPR compliance. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is a set of compliance requirements that comes into effect in May 2018 and will apply to any organization that deals with data provided by citizens of the European Union. In other words, this ruling can apply to your organization even if you are based outside the EU but handle data pertaining to patients from the EU.
Our industry has begun to initiate another important phase in patient healthcare. The HITECH Act outlined the intended plans for the adoption of electronic health records through meaningful use. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) EHR Incentive programs have evolved into three stages of “Meaningful Use” with their own goals, priorities, and their own final rule. The last stage of the CMS Meaningful Use program, Stage 3, is on track to commence January 1, 2018. During this final phase the Quality Management System (QMS) specification, which was optional in Stage 2, will become a requirement.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who lost count of the times I’ve been asked, “Why can’t the systems talk to each other?” or, in more technical terms, “Why don’t we have interoperability?”
Four ways hospitals can leverage analytics to transform patient financial engagement, increase patient satisfaction, and improve the bottom line.
While public debate has centered on the Affordable Care Act and its potential replacement, other long- term trends have continued unabated, marking this period as the most innovative time in the history of healthcare. As was highlighted at the 2017 Healthcare Technology Conference hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), technologists are moving rapidly regardless of the political environment. The results show significant trends in healthcare technology, both short and long-term. Since these innovations impact the quality, availability, and costs of healthcare, they require the attention of all corporate executives.
Four Ways to Address Data Management Challenges and Strengthen Your Revenue Cycle
The need for efficient, reliable, and cost-effective storage solutions has never been greater. Healthcare providers are awash in data and as the amount of data healthcare users create continues to grow, so does the need for more robust security and better storage management.
Revenue cycle management can leverage systems and workflows that close gaps, tie up loose ends, and ensure submission of a clean claim. Reference data—representing the coded and uncoded data used across a health system—plays an all-important role in strategies that optimize revenue cycle processes and ensure compliance with industry licensing requirements.
Imprivata is a leading provider of authentication, access management and secure communications solutions that improve provider productivity for better focus on patient care. Imprivata’s solutions enable fast, secure access to clinical applications, support more effective communication and care coordination and increase workflow efficiency.
Vocera empowers care teams through intelligent, real-time communication. We enable communication and coordination across the patient’s Healthcare experience. Vocera helps care team members reach the right person at the right time, on the right device, with the right information, in the right place, anywhere.
Change Healthcare is one of the largest, independent healthcare technology companies in the United States. Working alongside our customers and partners, we enable better patient care, choice, and outcomes at scale. As a new company, Change Healthcare has increased capabilities for innovation, investment, and customer service.
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The long-anticipated Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Healthcare Industry has been released by the HHS Healthcare Industry Cybersecurity Task Force, and with it comes clear, prescriptive recommendations on protecting your organization from the growing risk of cyber-attacks.
To protect PHI, healthcare organizations often build a system of usernames and complex passwords. But why are we still relying on usernames and passwords when solutions such as single sign-on (SSO) have a measurable benefit of giving time back to clinicians, which is everything in healthcare. That time saved –amounting to hours per week – can now be spent with patients, increasing both patient and clinician satisfaction.
UW Medicine’s Valley Medical Center dramatically improved patient outcomes after moving to a smartphone-based platform for clinical communication and alarm and alert notification.