Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – June 2019

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 eight 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 June. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in June

Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist – Host Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick talks to Maggie Ehrenfried the Managing Director of Development for LifeNet. In the United States, there are over 35,000 emergency-care physicians, but there are no Uganda-trained emergency physicians. LifeNet International is an organization working hard across East Africa to change that with initiatives that are having impact.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in June

Is HIPAA Physical Security just as Important as HIPAA Cybersecurity?
By Marty Puranik, Founder, President, & CEO, Atlantic.Net
Twitter: @AtlanticNet

While the majority of HIPAA violations involve electronic data breaches, the HIPAA Security Rule requires that healthcare providers and business associates implement “physical safeguards for all workstations that access ePHI to restrict access to authorized users.” This means that failure to comply with these rules can lead to a violation for failing to physically secure electronic devices which hold protected health information (PHI). Continue reading on…

Ignore HIPAA At Your Own Peril
By Matt Fisher, Attorney and chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher

After a lull in enforcement actions concerning HIPAA, the Office for Civil Rights re-entered the fray with a $3,000,000 bang. The settlement announced on May 6, 2019, imposes a significant fine after widespread non-compliance was found by OCR. As with many prior settlements, the factual scenario underpinning the latest settlement is fairly egregious. Continue reading on…

Ransomware: The Trend That Never Goes out of Style
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

Ransomware is not a new type of cyber-attack. In fact, it’s been around for years, but don’t let its age fool you; ransomware is not “yesterday’s news”. Ransomware is just as alive as ever before, continuing to dominate industries across the globe, and healthcare is not immune from its threat. Continue reading on…

Rising Vulnerabilities of Medical Devices
By Clyde Hewitt, Executive Advisor, CynergisTek
Twitter: @cynergistek

It is safe to assume that most hospitals still struggle to find ways to address their medical device cybersecurity risks. The primary challenge is not technical, it’s the organizational inertia that keeps getting in the way. At the same time, the pace of these risks increase as hackers find new ways to exploit the litany of vulnerabilities, so the risk-control gap continues to grow. Continue reading on…

Improve Clinician Satisfaction and Compliance by Simplifying Documentation
By Steve Bryant, CEO, The Greeley Company
Twitter: @TheGreeleyCo

Documentation has always been a burden to clinicians, and it has increased exponentially in the last several years with the advent of the electronic health record (EHR). The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that while an important part of the EHR, Computerized Physician Order Entry has reduced transcription-related medication errors, but it has also created an avalanche of new errors. Continue reading on…

Video Games Boost Intrinsic Motivation for Doctors’ Lifelong Learning
By Eric Gantwerker, MD, MMSc, FACS, Vice President & Medical Director, Level Ex
Twitter: @LevelExTeam
Twitter: @DrEricGant

While headlines are often dominated by cutting edge technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and robotics, physician exposure to the world of tech has been hindered by a lack of applications that take into account the unique desires and pain points of doctors, not to mention involving doctors with the applications’ development. Continue reading on…

New DOJ Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs
By Sheba Vine, JD, CPCO, VP & General Counsel, 1st Healthcare Compliance
Twitter: @1sthcc

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division recently released a guidance document titled “The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” for use with federal prosecutors when investigating corporations for criminal misconduct. This new document updates the 2017 version in order to align with internal processes while providing additional context to the government’s analysis of a company’s compliance program. Continue reading on…

You Had One Job, or, If You Can’t Ensure Data Security, Then ….
By David Harlow, JD MPH, Principal, The Harlow Group LLC
Twitter: @healthblawg

Vibrent, one of NIH’s data management contractor for the All of Us genomic and other health data research project, was found by OIG to have a number of holes in its data security infrastructure and policies, ranging from failure to encrypt its AWS servers to failure to adhere to FISMA (federal IT security) standards more broadly. OIG also found that NIH fell down on the job by not monitoring its contractor more closely. Continue reading on…

Consumer-friendly Medicare Advantage Plans Could be Creating the Blueprint for the Future of Health Insurance
By Jeff Carroll, Senior Vice President, Health Plans, Lumeris
Twitter: @Lumeris

Driven by a seemingly ever-expanding list of potential and innovative benefits such as at-home meal delivery and home-air cleaning, Medicare Advantage plans are pointing the way to a more consumer-centric approach to health insurance that could become a blueprint for the rest of the industry. Continue reading on…

Costly Decisions: How Rising Healthcare Costs Affect Patients and Providers
By David Shelton, President & CEO, PatientMatters
Twitter: @PatMatters

The cost of healthcare in America is on everyone’s minds. People at all income levels, insured or not, worry about treatment and medication costs, which are expected to climb an average of 5.5 percent per year through 2027. Many are so concerned, they’re making decisions that could negatively affect their health and wellbeing. Continue reading on…

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