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Fixing IT Security Risks at an Academic Hospital and Trauma Center

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Healthcare information technology security is a common casualty of the M&A activity that’s reshaping the hospital landscape almost daily. Kaufman Hall, a healthcare consulting firm that tracks hospital mergers and acquisitions, reported that a record 115 separate hospital transactions were announced in 2017 alone.

As hospitals change hands, so do their health IT systems. That exposes those systems to new risks and threats during and after the transactions. It also requires legacy health IT systems to adapt to new IT risk management and governance policies, procedures and protocols to ensure technology infrastructure is optimized to prevent IT security breaches.

 

Why Change Management Is Crucial for Maximizing the Potential of Health IT Investment

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Change Management FlowchartMost organizations fail at innovation because they fail at change.

Truly effective healthcare software has the power to transform your business processes, workflow and workplace for the better. Many of these software procurements are driven by IT and have the necessary support of clinical executives.

However, the only way the true, transformative power of your new software can be realized is through employee adoption of the new technologies and processes. Committed, comprehensive buy-in from all affected stakeholders is mandatory if your software investments are to gain traction and deliver benefits to the organization, the users and patients alike.

 

Health Leadership & Data Management Roundup: Transforming Healthcare

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Modern healthcare is increasingly data-driven — each patient generates a mountain of data, as does each service provider and the organization as a whole. Making sense of that data and using it productively will be a major success factor in the continuing evolution of health systems.

Health leaders will be increasingly tasked to use data to guide their organizations to a more collaborative, more communicative, more patient-driven model. This month’s roundup focuses on the central challenges and opportunities health leaders face as they strategically shape the future of healthcare.

 1. Just 3% of Emergency Room Visits May Be Truly Avoidable, Study Suggests

 

Becker’s Speaker Series: 4 questions with Nyack Hospital President and CEO, Mark Geller, MD

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Mark Geller, MD, Nyack Hospital President & CEOEditor’s Note: The following article was recently published on the Becker’s Hospital Review website and is reprinted here with permission.

On Friday, September 22, Dr. Geller will speak on a panel at Becker’s Hospital Review 3rd Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference. As part of an ongoing series, Becker’s is talking to healthcare leaders who plan to speak at the conference, which will take place September 21 through September 23 in Chicago.

To learn more about the conference and Dr. Geller’s session, click here.

Question: Looking at your IT budget, what is one item or expense that has surprised you in terms of ROI? How so?

 

Enterprise Imaging Roundup: Emerging Trends and the Future of Health IT

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Doctors Discuss Health IT and Enterprise ImagingHealth IT made great strides forward in 2016, providing the critical infrastructure to support interoperability and cross-communication. True enterprise imaging — the availability of images beyond traditional departments, across and between health systems — is closer now than ever before.

There are still obstacles to overcome, however. Some are the natural growing pains that come with any major change. Some challenges arise directly from solving another problem. For example, greater interoperability leads to more security vulnerability. These challenges and many more will continue to drive innovation in health IT and enterprise imaging in 2017 and beyond.

 

Fair Warning: How to Prepare for Cyber Adversaries

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Health care data security iconMore than half the hospital executive respondents to a recent Healthcare IT News survey indicated they were planning security upgrades to IT infrastructure in 2017. It’s not surprising that increasing security would be a top priority for healthcare providers, outpacing such choices as analytics, patient engagement, population health or EHRs.

In terms of sheer number of patient and medical records compromised, 2016 was a relatively quiet year when compared with the huge healthcare data security breaches of 2015, when more than 113 million records were breached, according to the Breach Barometer Report. Reported breaches in 2016 were slightly over 27 million.

 

The Radiology Imaging Software Enterprise Solution

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Radiology Imaging Software for Practitioners

Each healthcare organization is unique, and when it comes to enterprise imaging, the requirements greatly vary between health systems and hospitals. Organizations looking for both a department and enterprise-wide solution for systems with multiple facilities or consolidations should consider updating their radiology imaging software.

From file sharing to pre-fetch intelligence, here are the imaging system solutions that your healthcare team needs to increase productivity and improve quality of care.

 

 

Radiology Imaging Software Solutions

✅ Image Repository

 

U.S. Physicians Hesitant About Health IT

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health itAmerican doctors have a curious attitude toward health IT: Most agree with physicians around the world that technology provides better access to quality data for clinical research, improves coordination of care and reduces medical errors.

But U.S. physicians are at odds with their international colleagues about technology’s value in improving diagnostic and treatment decisions and treatment outcomes – most American doctors doubted technology could help.

 

Report: Hospitals Not Meeting Electronic Medical Record Stimulus Requirements

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A new report from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) has found that hospitals will face significant challenges in order to comply with health IT requirements of the federal economic stimulus package.

HIMSS compared the requirements of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) stimulus against its 7-stage Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model (see image below).

The majority of HITECH requirements fall under the most difficult Electronic Medical Record categories – categories that very few hospitals currently meet, a recent article from Government Health IT points out: