HITO Contributed Editorial

  1. OCR Audits To Focus On Risk Assessments, Business Associates

    By any estimate, 2016 was a terrible year for healthcare data breaches and the numbers that back that claim up are staggering. By Manolito Jones, Healthcare Solutions Team Leader at LockPath

  2. How CIOs Land Starring Roles In Digital Transformation

    Healthcare organizations are focused on delivering high quality, high value experiences to its stakeholders. With the industry focus on patients at the center of care, there is an increasing need for digitizing the care continuum to ensure patients are getting the best treatment at all times. From launching applications that remind patients to take their medicines, to deploying software bots that automate backend administrative processes, technology is increasingly woven into the delivery and management of care.

  3. Digital Health In An Interconnected World

    The human body is God’s masterpiece. It is unquestionably the most complicated and intricate machine of all — working perfectly when maintained correctly. Really, it’s a machine consisting of several different and interconnected machines. However, if the human body’s health fails, it can overshadow everything in life. Hence, it is important to monitor it at every stage — from a minor ache to major health problem.

  4. Achieving Clinical And Financial Benefits From Vaccination Programs

    While vaccinations in the U.S. are low for pneumococcal pneumonia, incidences of the disease are not: nearly one million adults contract the disease every year. By Jennifer Kuroda, Quality Improvement Manager, SwedishAmerican Health System — A Division of UW

  5. Addressing Third-Party Risks — Are Your Doors Open To Cyberattacks?

    The advent of EHRs and connected medical devices has improved outcomes and made life easier for millions of patients, as well as provides data that can improve all facets of healthcare. By Jeff Hill, Director of Product Management, Prevalent

  6. A New Day — And New Technology — Has Emerged For Patient Education And Safety

    Healthcare delivery is undergoing a transformation driven in large part by healthcare regulations such as MACRA and MIPS, not to mention the heightened focus on patient-centered care and value-based care that is central to the ACA. By Nicole Latimer, CEO, The StayWell Company, LLC

  7. Conducting Research, Even When Disasters Strike

    Disasters often unfold suddenly and unpredictably (explosions), with a short lead time to prepare (hurricanes) or over extended time periods (droughts). Each disaster event can present its own set of public health threats. By Steve Ramsey, MPH, Project Manager and Senior Advisor for Epidemiological Field Studies, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.

  8. Telepsychiatry: Reaching More Patients For Better Outcomes

    A 42-year-old woman with chronic anxiety and agoraphobia found herself unable to leave her apartment. She reached out to her primary care doctor who prescribed Xanax, but the medication was only making her feel worse. By Dr. Jim Varrell, Medical Director, InSight Telepsychiatry

  9. Cybersecurity And Healthcare: A Forecast For 2017

    Data breaches could be costing the healthcare $6.2 billion, and nearly 90 percent of the healthcare organizations covered in The Ponemon Institute’s May 2016 study endured a data breach in the past two years. By Tom Gilheany, Product Manager, Learning@Cisco

  10. Transitioning Release Of Information Workflow From Silos To Enterprise: A Primer For The Healthcare Industry

    Healthcare systems across the country are inundated daily by an enormous amount of record requests from patients, attorneys, care providers, payers, government agencies, and other third parties. By Marty McKenna, Chief Executive Officer, Verisma Systems, Inc.