Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – August 2017

Top10-200One of the ways that HITECH Answers is different from other media sites is the sense of community. The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. We publish at least eleven guest posts a week now, on our three sites. In case you missed some, here are the top ten read and shared guest posts  in the month of August. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

A Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
By Gurjeet Singh, Executive Chairman, Ayasdi
Twitter: @Ayasdi
Twitter: @singhgurjeet

Analytics were supposed to deliver healthcare from a variety of persistent problems, including inefficiency, unsustainable cost increases, and clinical care variation. Combined with electronic medical records, financial data and clinical data, analytics were supposed to revolutionize healthcare. It hasn’t happened. Continue reading on…

Google to Remove ePHI from its Search Results
By Jonathan Krasner, Director of Business Development, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter:  @HIPAASecureNow

HIPAA data breaches can occur if ePHI (electronic protected health information) is posted on an open web site. In that situation, not only is the ePHI available for viewing, it also can be indexed by an Internet search engine such as Google. Many data breaches have been uncovered by finding the unauthorized ePHI via a Google search. As an example, we know of patients that have found their own ePHI by searching for their name, finding the posted ePHI and lodging a complaint with HHS/OCR. These complaints have resulted in investigations. Continue reading on…

Data Breaches Happen to Both Small and Large Businesses
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

It is no secret that despite increased awareness of data breaches around the globe, businesses continue to fall victim to cybercriminals exploiting their weak security measures. An article on Small Business Computing explores data breaches and how the size of the business doesn’t matter to criminals seeking confidential information. Large corporations are often thought to be the ones at risk, with companies such as Home Depot, Target and most recently Chipotle Mexican Grill suffering major data breaches, however hackers have not forgotten about small businesses. Continue reading on…

What’s New in Interoperability, Patient Data and FHIR with Infor’s Jerry Rankin
By Sarianne Gruber
Twitter: @subtleimpact

A veteran in the field of Interoperability and the Health Information Exchange, Jerry Rankin leads healthcare organizations on a quest for solutions such as the cloud-based Cloverleaf Integration Suite 6.2, which was demoed at the Inforum Conference. I reached out to Mr. Rankin to learn more about the interoperability challenge especially as it takes on HIEs, medical devices, and wearables. Our conversation also covered the dramatic increase in patient-generated data and FHIR’s latest version to hit the market. This is a gently edited version of our interview. Continue reading on…

Achieving Population Wellness by Expanding Data Horizons
By Kurt Waltenbaugh, founder and CEO of Carrot Health, creator of the Wellville Index™ and Carrot MarketView™
Twitter: @Carrot_Health

Big data is often held out as the panacea for healthcare’s ills. Broad adoption of clinical systems is providing informatics experts with access to a greater volume and variety of data than ever before, yet the solution to healthcare’s most intractable challenges remains frustratingly elusive—because their analytics fail to take into consideration data generated outside the healthcare system. Continue reading on…

HIPAA & HITRUST: Learning to Walk, Before You Can Run
By Grant Elliott, CEO, Ostendio
Twitter: @ostendio

Are you considering HITRUST but haven’t yet put your HIPAA house in order? That’s similar to starting college when you’ve not yet earned your high school diploma. While both HIPAA and HITRUST share the common goal of protecting healthcare data and personal health information (PHI), they differ in very fundamental ways. Continue reading on…

Streamlining Healthcare Innovation: Working Together to Improve Digital Health Regulations
By Desiree Crawford, Compliance Manager, AirStrip
Twitter: @AirStripmHealth

This is a watershed moment in healthcare. New technologies are constantly in development to help treat and prevent previously incurable conditions, and improve current processes. From leadless pacemakers to mobile applications that advance telehealth access, digital innovation is at an all-time high. The problem is that our current speed of regulatory approval for these innovations simply cannot keep up. Continue reading on…

Health Insurance Company Fined $82 Million for Illegal Automated Calls
By Kayla Matthews, HealthIT writer and technology enthusiast, Tech Blog
Twitter: @ProductiBytes

Data management is an integral, if tedious, part of running a medical practice. Whether you’re managing a small independent practice or collecting information for an entire hospital full of patients, it’s important to keep track of all your data and implement programs to ensure it is used to its fullest potential. However, there’s a lot more to data management than just collecting patient information and updating electronic health records — as one insurance company recently found out. Continue reading on…

Price Transparency In Medicine Faces Stiff Opposition — From Hospitals And Doctors
By Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News
Twitter: @KHNews
Twitter: @RachelHBluth

Two years after it passed unanimously in Ohio’s state Legislature, a law meant to inform patients what health care procedures will cost is in a state of suspended animation. One of the most stringent in a group of similar state laws being proposed across the country, Ohio’s Healthcare Price Transparency Law stipulated that providers had to give patients a “good faith” estimate of what non-emergency services would cost individuals after insurance before they commenced treatment. Continue reading on…

How To Best Prepare for Two-Midnight Rule Changes
By Lula Jensen, MBA, RHIA, CCS, MRO
Twitter: @MROCorp

CMS recently announced some adjustments to the Two-Midnight Rule, including clarifications on exceptions. Here’s what you need to know. On June 13, 2017, CMS issued clarification regarding the medical review requirements for Part A payment of short-stay hospital claims, more commonly referred to as the “Two-Midnight Rule.” For providers submitting institutional claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for inpatient hospital services provided to Medicare beneficiaries, Medicare Part A payment is generally not appropriate for hospital stays expected to span less than two midnights. Continue reading on…

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