What is one key thing all healthcare organizations strive for? Improved patient experience!
Just this past month (in March), Geneva, N.Y.-based Finger Lakes Health lost computer access and most of its phone lines after a hacker hijacked its systems and demanded payment to unlock them. After going into what it called “downtime paper” mode for about a week, Finger Lakes paid the ransom, for an undisclosed amount. “We’ve become very accustomed to relying on digital-everything — and this type of breach sets us back 30, 40 or 50 years,” an employee remarked, in describing the incident’s immediate impact.
As databases and analytic platforms accelerate and improve, specifically through automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), these systems will transcend decision-making support for individual patients and make much more far-reaching predictions about patient populations.
The news is full of stories each week about yet another personal data breach, theft, or questionable use of information. The truth is this is your data and, depending on your age, this collection started at birth and, in some cases, maybe even prior. Do you want this broadly shared? Before you answer, think about what that might mean for you.
Integrated technologies have already begun to impact the discipline of nursing. Nurse leaders are positioned to influence how technology is applied in the patient care environment – but many aren’t asking the critical questions that need to be asked, or claiming their rightful seat at the table.
HIMSS Analytics surveyed hospital IT and clinical leaders at HIMSS18 to find out the impact of technology-driven interruptions on doctors and nurses, and how effective IT is at measuring and managing those interruptions. We discovered that when it comes to interruptions from technology, clinicians see a bigger problem than IT does.
Lean is an extensively used quality enhancement methodology newly expanded to the healthcare sector. Lean strategy begins with classifying and ‘eliminating waste’ in order to enhance the value of care offered to the patient. Lean methodology involves specifying value from the perspective of a patient and determining all the actions in the value stream in order to remove the steps which don’t create any value.
We hear a lot about encryption and how it is an important tool to keep our data safe. Healthcare providers are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to use encryption as a way to protect their patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI); but what exactly is encryption and how does it help prevent data breaches, fraud, and patient identity theft?
Quite frankly, we’re even impressed with the research findings. But that’s the type of company AMTELCO is, and that’s the type of company the 1Call Division is. We specialize in offering enterprise-wide communication solutions for healthcare organizations. 1Call has been, and will continue to be the leader in developing, implementing, and maintaining features and technology designed to streamline communications and contain costs throughout your organization.
Voalte develops smartphone solutions that simplify caregiver communication. Ranked number-one and named 2017 Category Leader in the Best in KLAS: Software & Services report for the Secure Communications Platform segment, Voalte is the only company to offer a comprehensive Mobile Communication Strategy that enables care teams inside and outside the hospital to access and exchange information securely.
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.
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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.