HITO Contributed Editorial

  1. Understanding The RAPS — EDPS Transition And How To Mitigate Revenue Loss

    Recently, the aim to reform healthcare has focused hospitals, private practices, and other provider settings on improving care quality while reducing costs. Healthcare reform has also driven initiatives such as last year’s ICD-10 implementation, meaningful use incentives, and other clinical and operational improvements. By Lisa DiSalvo

  2. What’s Your Strategy When HIPAA-Protected Data Literally Flies Out the Window?

    User frustration with technology is one thing. But aggravations that turn into veritable threats to data security? Those tend to be a touch more serious. And safeguarding all the places sensitive data ends up gets seemingly more complex by the year, thanks to the bevy of laptops, phones, and tablets we employees need to get our work done (whether those are company-issued devices or not). By Cam Roberson, Director of the Reseller Channel, Beachhead Solutions

  3. Will Digital Fingerprint Forensics Thwart Data Thieves Lurking In EHR Corridors?

    As Halloween approaches, the usual spate of horror movies will intrigue audiences across the U.S., replete with slashers named Jason or Freddie running amuck in the corridors of all too easily accessible hospitals. They grab a hospital gown and the zombies fit right in. While this is just a movie you can turn off, the real horror of patient data theft can follow you. By Donald Voltz, MD, Aultman Hospital, Department of Anesthesiology, Medical Director of the Main Operating Room, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Case Western Reserve University and Northeast Ohio Medical University

  4. Healthcare And Kitchen Table Economics

    We’re in full-blown presidential campaign season. By Tom Furr, CEO, PatientPay

  5. Effectively Combatting Ransomware In Healthcare

    Ransomware! It’s the latest boogeyman to hit the healthcare cybersecurity radar, largely because the impact is easily quantified and understood: workstations are disabled, files encrypted, and systems immediately impacted. By Susan Biddle, Sr. Director of Healthcare at Fortinet

  6. The Importance Of Business Rules In Actionable Healthcare Data

    Healthcare organizations are wrestling with the imperative to harness information from their internal IT systems to increase operational inefficiency and improve patient outcomes. By George Dealy, Vice President of Healthcare Applications at Dimensional Insight

  7. What, No Tip?

    How viewing healthcare through a customer service lens can positively impact patient revenue.

  8. Chronic Disease Management Efficiency: Outcome Analytics Is The Key

    As chronic diseases account for 86 percent of the U.S. healthcare costs, caregivers are concerned with accurate evaluation of their chronic condition management activities. Accordingly, there is much discussions and research on how to improve health outcomes for chronic patients. However, there is not much written on what precedes actual improvement — that is, medical data analytics where caregivers define, measure, and analyze these outcomes in order to base their progress with clinical processes on real-world data.

  9. The Necessary Tools To Implement Successful Healthcare IT Projects

    The healthcare industry is fast becoming one of the largest revenue sources for the IT industry. It is critical to realize failure to understand and avoid these problems will almost certainly guarantee just that — failure. Healthcare organizations are pushed to have effective IT solutions to meet meaningful user requirements and demands. Given this situation, here are some essential fundamentals for implementing a successful healthcare IT project. By Ramitha Herath, Manager — Delivery, VirtusaPolaris

  10. Can HIPAA Keep Up With Rapidly Evolving Consumer Technologies?

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), legislation that exists to safeguard private medical information, could be creating more problems than it is preventing. By Gene Fry, Scrypt, Inc.