Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – May 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 May. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in May

From Payment Matters, host Jeff Lin is joined by Dave Stewart of Ingenico as they discuss the latest topics in payment device security. This episode was recorded live at the InstaMed Healthcare Payments Summit 2019!

 Most Read Thought Leader Posts in May

Tick Tock: When Is a Data Breach Notice Needed?
By Matt Fisher, Attorney and chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher

Notice of a new data breach is posted at least once a day. A frequent feature of many notices is the disclosure that the conduct giving rise to the breach happened months earlier, with the delay sometimes going into years in some instances. The notices typically do not provide much insight into the reasoning for the delays, which gives rise to the question; when should notice of a data breach be provided? Continue reading on…

HIPAA News from OCR: FAQs and Fines
By David Harlow, JD MPH, Principal, The Harlow Group LLC
Twitter: @healthblawg

The OCR has released two new issuances touching on HIPAA interpretation and enforcement. On the one hand, the regulated community eagerly awaits and devours these morsels as they are doled out. On the other hand, these particular morsels are unremarkable sub-regulatory issuances; one restates and interprets regulations in a manner that comes as no surprise to those of us immersed in HIPAA and the other announces an approach to exercising enforcement discretion that may well change again in the future. Continue reading on…

Ransomware Attack Shuts down Michigan Practice – Deletes All Patient Files
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

A doctor’s office in Battle Creek, Michigan is closing its doors following a ransomware attack that left them with no other option – besides pay up. Dr. William Scalf told a local news outlet, WWMT West Michigan, that hackers locked the files at Brookside ENT and Hearing Center, demanding $6,500 for the decryption key to regain access to their files. Continue reading on…

At the Heart of Healthcare Transformation: The CIO and CTO
By Raj Toleti, Senior Vice President & General Manager, FollowMyHealth
Twitter: @FMHMobile
Twitter: @rtoleti

It could be said that we’re in the midst of the perfect storm. As technology and data evolve so do most everything they touch. Those who can harness this evolution are finding both empowerment of systems and those they lead. I’ve seen inspired leaders take the reins of strategic thinking around innovation and the power of data, to new solutions and roles within the organization. Continue reading on…

Increasing Patient Engagement in the Age of Smartwatches
By Nate Brogan, President of Notification Services, West

Are smartwatches lifesaving devices? Some Apple Watch owners think so. Ever since Apple introduced its smartwatch that can monitor for atrial fibrillation, stories have emerged from users who credit their smartwatch for helping save their life. While many smartwatch users never consider that their watch could potentially be lifesaving, it is a popular belief that there are health benefits to wearing a smartwatch. Continue reading on…

The Future of Healthcare: What Can We Expect by 2025?
By Kathy Sucich, Director of Healthcare Marketing, Dimensional Insight
Twitter: @DI_tweet
Twitter: @ksucich

What will healthcare look like in 2025? How about in the years beyond? What are the priorities for healthcare organizations in the next several years? A look at the future of healthcare took center stage at the recent American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) of Massachusetts Spring Conference. And despite all the challenges in healthcare today, the speakers at the conference are hopeful we will be able to tackle some big issues in the years ahead. Continue reading on…

What to Do and Not Do When Changing Health Information Management Vendors
By Angela Rose, MHA, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA, Vice President, Implementation Services, MRO
Twitter: @MROCorp

The April 2019 Journal of AHIMA article “What to Do (and Not Do) When Changing HIM Vendors” served as a virtual roundtable featuring the experiences of three HIM leaders who successfully navigated HIM service vendor transitions. The MRO client panelists were Cindy M. Phelps, RHIA, Sr. Director, TSG Business Relationship Management, Carilion Clinic; Sherine Koshy, MHA, RHIA, CCS, Corporate Director HIM, Penn Medicine; and Kathleen J. Edlund, M.M., RHIA, Director of HIM, Trinity Health. Continue reading on…

Digital Health – Is it worth it? How to calculate ROI in Digital Health
By Juan Pablo Segura, Co-founder, Babyscripts
Twitter: @Babyscripts

The results are in. A 2019 PEGA survey asked 2,000 U.S. consumers how they felt about recent trends in healthcare, and the response was overwhelming — they want a personal touch, and they want it digital. Not only that, but the survey also revealed that communications from healthcare organizations actually drive a patient’s desire to improve their health, fueling the popular opinion that technology is the magic key to patient engagement. Continue reading on…

4 Reasons Why Patient Education Should Be A Priority
By Carlene Anteau, RN, Vice President of Marketing, PerfectServe
Twitter: @PerfectServe

As providers continue to evolve away from fee-for-service healthcare and towards a value-based care system, patient education is becoming more important than ever. Value-based healthcare’s focus on outcomes and, consequently, what happens outside the “four walls” of the healthcare organization, requires a renewed focus on patient education to help combat chronic illnesses, increase preventative care, reduce readmissions and lower expenses. Continue reading on…

How Interoperability Powers the ‘Internet of Healthcare’
By Abhinav Shashank, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Innovaccer
Twitter: @abhinavshashank
Twitter: @innovaccer

When it comes to US healthcare, it has been reported that nearly 328 million people contribute to the total clinical data of the nation. Such massive data is further spread across various health networks in various states and counties, which has led to a greater disparity between providers. Continue reading on…

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