HITO Contributed Editorial

  1. Radiation Exposure: Avoiding Repetitive Exams And Raising Patient Awareness

    It’s no news that individuals are exposed to daily background radiation, including cosmic, terrestrial, and internal one. Fortunately, the amount is not big enough to cause real damage to the human organism. However, medical procedures as x-ray, computed tomography, fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine imaging — those using ionizing radiation to generate images of the body — may negatively affect the DNA. And exceeding permissible doses may lead to the development of carcinogenic tumors.

  2. The Next Stage Of Engagement: Patient Portals Must Extend Beyond The Basics

    A recent study estimates that as much as 80 percent of patient outcomes are related to factors outside of clinical care, such as patient behaviors, education and economic challenges. This finding is likely not surprising to providers who regularly face patients that do not follow care plans or do not understand how their lifestyle is negatively affecting a chronic condition.

  3. 3 Steps To Digital Transformation And Monetizing IoT

    Our world is becoming more connected, and the resulting digital transformation is impacting the way traditional healthcare equipment and technology companies operate. Is it time for your company to embrace the digital transformation and incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) into your day-to-day operations?

  4. 5 Ways Physician On-Call Scheduling Software Relieves Stress

    If your facility’s staff is stressed out about the hassles associated with emergency department scheduling processes, you’re not alone. Unpredictable and inaccurate manual on-call schedules can take a toll on staff members up and down the organizational ladder. Thankfully, physician on-call scheduling software can relieve stress by automating time-consuming processes and delivering accurate, real-time EMTALA schedules.

  5. New Best Practices In Patient Data Transfer For EMTALA Support

    The Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) stipulates that if an individual comes to an emergency treatment facility in need of care, the hospital must either treat the individual to stabilize the medical condition or transfer the individual to a facility that can treat the condition. In any event, a hospital must provide medical care, regardless of the individual’s insurance status or ability to pay.

  6. Give Healthcare Teams What They Want In Data Analytics

    Consumers today expect technology to be not only fast, but readily available and intuitive as well. With smart phones, tablets and other everyday technologies, we have become accustomed to searching for and finding what we need instantly. Healthcare informatics professionals are no different. Just 10 years ago, people accepted that software might take longer to answer a question, run calculations or even move to another screen.

  7. Digital Transformation: Tech Challenges For Healthcare Modernization

    The healthcare industry is in the midst of a dramatic digital transformation, marked by a host of new back-end technologies that promise to modernize hospitals and lay the foundation for a truly digital workplace in the year ahead. Hospitals and healthcare systems are challenged with striking a delicate balance between running a smooth, efficient operation while remaining flexible and devoted to patient care in a modern age. This creates significant procurement challenges, requiring hospitals to embrace new technologies and innovations at a seemingly breakneck pace while also keeping an eye on the bottom line.

  8. A Fresh Perspective On HIT

    PatientKeeper recently named Christopher Maiona, M.D., as the company’s new Chief Medical Officer. Maiona will serve as PatientKeeper’s senior clinical leader, and brings nearly 20 years of expertise in hospital medicine to the company, both as a practicing physician and as an executive at provider organizations.

  9. 3 CRM Trends To Watch For In Healthcare

    Today’s consumers have increasingly higher expectations. Thanks to their experience with online retailers, which leverage big data and sophisticated analytics, consumers have become accustomed to receiving personalized offers that meet their needs without them having to sift through extraneous, irrelevant information. In fact, 62 percent of consumers are highly in favor of personalized offers and promotions based on previous experience, according to Infosys.

  10. Let SamSam Ransomware Serve As A Reminder To Lock Down Your Environment

    When SamSam ransomware brought down Allscripts systems last month, it negatively impacted medical professionals' ability to provide appropriate patient care for more than a week. While this particular attack went after the EHR vendor, an attack like SamSam could very well take a more localized approach of going after healthcare providers’ EHR environment directly. The consequences of not being able to treat patients effectively should be a reminder for health care providers to ensure they have fundamental security controls in place to protect the integrity of their own environments.