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

Most Played Radio Episode in November

From Dr Nick: The Incrementalist, host Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick talks to Ted Willich CEO NLP Logix about GPS technology and its impact and using AI to identify lesions in x-ray images to next generation OCR.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in November

OCR Issues $2.15 Million Fine to Jackson Health System
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

HIPAA compliance doesn’t care if you’re a small business or a non-profit. This isn’t said in a disrespectful manner to the laws that govern the policies, but to make you aware that your business status, or identifying structure won’t allow you to be overlooked. Continue reading on…

Chronicle of a Data Breach Foretold
By Arshad Noor, CEO/CTO & Brain Trust, StrongKey
Twitter: @StrongKeyInc
Twitter: @cryptoengine

The “data breach of the year” involved more than 100M files containing sensitive information of consumer credit-card applications at Capital One. The story hit headlines for months, and with much reason—after all, it’s not every day that the social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit scores, and plenty more other sensitive information of millions get exposed. Continue reading on…

Medical Devices and HIPAA Compliance: What to Know
By Kayla Matthews, HealthIT writer and technology enthusiast, Tech Blog
Twitter: @ProductiBytes

Any time a medical professional works with patient information, they must carefully follow HIPAA regulations and standards, including those that protect patient data. Medical devices — which can store, analyze and transmit patient data — often need to be specially designed to be HIPAA compliant. Staying compliant with HIPAA, however, can be complicated. Continue reading on…

Trends for HIEs in 2020
By Kelly Thompson, CEO, SHIEC
Twitter: @SHIEClive
Twitter: @HIEforMe

SHIEC is the national collaborative representing HIEs and their strategic business and technology partners. SHIEC’s mission is to; educate public and private entities regarding the benefits, functions and roles of HIEs; promote business conditions, tools and legislation to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of HIEs; and achieve economies of scale while supporting members’ autonomy and ability to serve local needs. As we approach the end of the year, I see the following dominating the headlines for HIEs in 2020: Continue reading on…

The Importance of Asking Why in Digital Transformation Efforts: CTO Talk with Steve Wretling
By Matt Ferrari, Chief Technology Officer, ClearDATA
Twitter: @cleardatacloud

I recently had the chance to sit down with Steve Wretling, the CTIO of HIMSS, in what I am glad to say was the first of many conversations to come. Steve is a brilliant technologist who really knows healthcare, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at HIMSS. Continue reading on…

Moving FHIR from Aspirational to Operational
By William Hersh, MD, Professor and Chair, OHSU
Twitter: @williamhersh

After years of giving lip service to standards, the health information/informatics community is now taking interoperability very seriously. The reason is obvious: we have spent a decade ramping up adoption of EHRs in the US and elsewhere, and we have learned in hindsight that in the hurry to get systems implemented as quickly and easily as possible, inadequate attention was paid to data standards and interoperability. Continue reading on…

Keep Security Front and Center
By Matt Fisher, Attorney and chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher

As National Cybersecurity Month comes to a close on October 31st, it should be stated that security and cybersecurity need care and attention all year long. To effectively protect data in an organization’s trust, security demands constant vigilance and an evolving approach to recognize the shifting nature of threats. Continue reading on…

3 Global Health IT Takeaways You Need to Know – Reflections from ONC 3rd Interoperability Forum
By Aisha Hasan, Head of Global Health IT, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT

The ONC engages in several global health IT projects from a United States government perspective. ONC works with global counterparts to share experiences, and ensure alignment between global interoperability efforts and the United States’ approaches to interoperability. This includes working through worldwide partnerships, bi-lateral and multi-lateral engagements, global networks, and memoranda of understanding. Continue reading on…

Population Health Management, IDD Patients and the Importance of Practical Approaches
By Velvet Thorne, LPN, CLNC, Manager of Care Coordination, HealthEC
Twitter: @HealthEC_LLC

An organization’s computers may run on the most powerful software in the world, but if the servers aren’t plugged in, the system will be, shall we say…ineffective. Same goes for the primary care provider office. That is, even with the right degrees and licensure, if staff isn’t “plugged in” before, during and after the patient sees the PCP, the whole concept of population health management can get thrown out of whack – especially for patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Continue reading on…

As Congress Works To Curb Surprise Medical Bills, N.Y.’s Fix Gets Examined
By Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News
Twitter: @KHNews
Twitter: @RachelHBluth

Lobbying campaigns and legislative battles have been underway for months as Congress tries to solve the problem of surprise billing, when patients face often exorbitant costs after they unknowingly receive care from an out-of-network doctor or hospital. As Congress considers various plans and negotiates behind the scenes, data is trickling in from states that have been test-driving proposed solutions. Continue reading on…

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