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Identifying Laboratory Ordering Compliance for At-Risk Patients

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Saving lives, saving money & improving provider care. EHR data is a treasure trove of information about your population’s health. Within those EHR databases lie answers to a multitude of your questions. In one of our studies, at HealthAxis Data Analytics, we focused on questions revolving around the quality of care of patients on a powerful diabetic medication that is commonly prescribed. Using our Adverse Drug Reaction algorithm, we were able to quickly identify in a clinical practice dataset of over 20,000 patients that administration of this medication correlated with […]
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5 trends in Healthcare Analytics for 2018

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In a recent white paper, Tableau outlines significant trends in healthcare analytics for 2018. “Leaders of The demand for higher quality care at lower cost, among other trends, will drive the use of healthcare information technology in general and analytics applications in particular this year. Growth efforts to engage patients and better manage patient populations also are expected to drive the need to capture data and gain insight from it. According to Tableau, as a result 2018 reveals the pent up demand for better healthcare IT and analytics that drive […]
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OCR: 5 ways to fight internal health data breaches

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Healthcare organizations can protect themselves from internal healthcare data breaches. “Healthcare organizations are a prime target for internal breaches caused by former employees, but there are several steps that groups can take to protect themselves from the threat. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a number of tactics (PDF) to prevent recently terminated staffers from accessing private healthcare data.”  Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Health systems’ IT priorities for 2018: Cybersecurity technologies, patient-generated data

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Many major health systems plan to invest in improved cybersecurity technologies next year. “Cybersecurity improvements are top of mind for health IT executives this coming year, but they’re planning a more cautious approach when it comes to technologies like wearables and artificial intelligence, according to a new survey. IT leaders said they want to be more proactive in detecting and preventing cyberattacks or data breaches. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they want to invest in better identification technologies, including risk assessment and education initiatives, and 50% said they plan to invest in protection […]
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Doctors spend too much time on EHRs? Most patients don’t think so

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But only half of consumers think EHRs make healthcare safer, according to a new survey by HealtheLink. Given all the hue and cry about electronic health records distracting clinicians and inhibiting their ability to make eye contact with patients during office visits, the consensus has been that doctors waste precious time on EHRs. But new research suggests fewer patients feel that way than one might expect. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they believe EHRs make care safer. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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The rise and risk of IoT in healthcare

EHR satisfaction survey 2017: After years of frustrations, user wish-list turns positive

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Electronic Health Records: Surprisingly, Users are Satisfied Overall “CIOs, clinical staff still want better interoperability and ease of use, but the focus is shifting to improving EHRs, not just fixing them. Questions included: How satisfied are you with the features of your EHR? What do you like best about the software? What would you change? How do you rate user interface and experience? How is its interoperability with other systems, and with medical devices? Security? Modularity? Vendor support services? Overall, responses tended toward constructive criticism with suggestions on areas to build […]
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The CMIO role will evolve as health systems’ needs change

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HealthcareDive – Feature “These days, chief medical information officers tackle a lot more than just EHR implementation. Initially brought on to help implement EHRs, CMIOs are increasingly involved in a range of activities, from privacy and cybersecurity to patient outcomes, population health management process improvement, compliance and more.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Who’s responsible for protecting patient data in the cloud?

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Cybersecurity experts lay out the facts, and misperceptions, about securing data in the cloud. The answer is not so simple. “Cloud computing is still fairly new to healthcare and, as such, confusion and a few myths surround the technology. And many of those skewed perceptions are driven by simple misunderstandings, most notably about information security.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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AMIA Calls for HIPAA Clarification in mHealth Patient Data

AMIA Calls for HIPAA Clarification in mHealth Patient Data

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HIPAA clarification and potential expansion can help ensure that patient data used in mHealth apps stays secure, according to a recent AMIA paper. While mHealth applications can help bridge the health IT gap between providers and patients, greater HIPAA clarification and even an expansion of the rules may be necessary, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). AMIA outlined several policy recommendations in a paper published in JAMIA and also listed policy action items in a document released last week. There is a “health IT chasm” due to new models […]
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Securing data integrity at the ‘front door’ of care delivery

Securing data integrity at the “front door” of care delivery

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Although most of the health industry has moved records and administrative processes from paper to digital, human error remains a costly issue. People make errors. Generally speaking, this fact is collectively understood, and we make concessions when necessary, working to repair and correct when possible. However, in the health industry, human errors become more costly than the norm, ultimately impacting the well being of patients, even to the point of death. In fact, a recent study released by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concluded that medical errors are the […]
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