The Top 6 Websites for Healthcare IT News

Being up-to-date in your industry is important for any job, but is even more crucial in the evolving world of healthcare IT. Thankfully, these six sites make it easy to keep up with breaking stories, tech updates, industry trends, and more. 1. Healthcare IT News Healthcare IT News is a great source for news in […]

The HITECH Act’s Health IT Infrastructure Standards and Requirements

The HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act was passed in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Auto of 2009 (ARRA). This piece of legislation was created to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), and its supporting technology, in U.S. healthcare organizations. The 7 major goals of the HITECH […]

e-PHI Data Security: What is e-PHI Data Theft?

PHI stands for protected health information and includes just what it sounds like: identifiable information in a person’s health data records, such as health details, date of birth, Social Security number, fingerprints, photos/images, and even financial information. e-PHI is the same thing, it’s just used, held, and transmitted via electronic form (there are actually 18 […]

HIPAA Security Rule Part 2: General Data Security Rules for Electronic Protected Health Information

In part 1 of the HIPAA Security Rule blog series, we introduced you to healthcare data security basics, or in other words, what the HIPAA Security Rule is, what the primary objectives are, and what kind of information is protected by the HIPAA Security Rule. Below, and as part 2 of this series, we are […]

HIPAA Security Rule Part 1: An Intro to Data Security for Electronic Protected Health Information

Information and data security are hugely important topics, and no group knows that more than those who work in the healthcare field. Whether it’s who physicians and healthcare providers can talk to about a specific patient’s care, how to protect your healthcare facility from healthcare data hackers, or how to secure individuals’ “electronic protected health […]

The Future of Big Data in Healthcare

Big data in healthcare offers great potential for improving care, but healthcare agencies face challenges of improving infrastructure, analytics capabilities, and data security, according to “The Big Data Cure” report by MeriTalk.[1] MeriTalk surveyed 150 IT-related executives in Federal Agencies that focus on healthcare and healthcare research. The majority of respondents suggested that less than […]

Technology Adoption and Utilization in Healthcare

Technology adoption and utilization remains one of the primary challenges facing practicing physicians according to The Physicians Foundation, a non-profit seeking to advance the work of practicing physicians and help facilitate the delivery of healthcare to patients. In their 2014 watch list The Physicians Foundation has listed five critical challenges facing practicing physicians. Practice and Insurance […]

Offering Seniors Digital Health Tools

Seniors are increasingly interested in utilizing digital health tools to manage their healthcare. According to a recent study by Accenture 57 percent of American seniors are interested in using digital options for managing their health services remotely.[1] Currently only about one-third of medical facilities are offering digital health tools. How are senior adults interested in […]

5 Usability Questions for EHR Installations

Evaluating EHR vendors can be a challenge. While physicians are experts at patient care, software evaluation can sometimes be confusing. In a recent edition of Medical Practice Insider, Linda Stotsky offers 5 core usability questions when shopping for an EHR vendor. An EHR consultant, Stotksy helps professionals sort through the varied challenges.[1] “Docs are great at […]