Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Cyberattacks of some size and severity are inevitable for all healthcare organizations. While it may be hard to prevent an organization from becoming a target, it’s possible to reduce the risk of serious consequences from cyberattacks through training, penetration testing and preparation. Drex DeFord, executive healthcare strategist at CrowdStrike, and CDW Healthcare CTO Tom Stafford…
Smartphone users have access to their bank accounts, favorite stores and nearby restaurants, all at their fingertips. Increasingly, they’re also gaining access to their healthcare data, whether it’s through a consumer application or their provider’s patient portal.   Mobile health (mHealth) apps can empower patients, streamline communication, and provide real-time monitoring and self-management of medical conditions.…
Healthcare organizations aim to operate with flexibility, scalability, affordability and security. Linux operating systems offer an affordable option for running back-end systems in a secure manner that only open-source architecture provides. At the center of the value Linux provides healthcare systems are Kernel-based Virtual Machines, which are based on open-source virtualization technology that is built…
Healthcare providers continue to find themselves in ransomware’s crosshairs. An analysis of ransomware attacks during the first half of 2021 found that more attacks occurred during the first half of that year than during all of 2020, according to software company Cognyte. That’s an alarming statistic alone, but it’s even more disturbing to learn that…
During the pandemic, many employees in the healthcare industry continued working from home, proving the viability of location-independent performance. It’s now time for healthcare organizations to reflect and review lessons learned. Which changes have worked, and what improvements are needed? For healthcare IT decision-makers, planning an organization’s flexible-workforce future beyond the pandemic is essential. Consider…
1. Why Do Change Management? In healthcare environments, IT teams are ultrasensitive to keeping systems available and reliable, and that’s the primary reason to have CM: to reduce the risk caused by change.  But CM has three other benefits: standardization, which helps improve efficiency and effectiveness of teams; documentation, which helps create a more consistent…
If you’re wondering what revenue cycle management is, it helps healthcare organizations maintain their financial health. RCM encompasses a patient’s entire financial journey in healthcare, from billing and collections to coding and provider enrollment. Implementing technologies such as automation and digital patient intake forms can make the collection, processing and management of patient billing information…
What should health interoperability look like in less than a decade? Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, crowdsourced visions for the future of interoperability in healthcare. More than 700 submissions have been compiled and summarized online at Health…
To satisfy regulatory requirements, healthcare organizations must store patient data digitally in the form of electronic health records or electronic medical records. As noted in the journal Heredity, moving beyond simple storage to the actionable application of Big Data offers “significant potential” for healthcare, but significant challenges remain. Among the most common are data fragmentation,…
Some 91 percent of healthcare providers globally rely on virtual care capabilities, with most of them implementing telehealth during the pandemic, according to a 2021 survey from Arlington Research commissioned by Kaspersky.   As telehealth develops into a key component of hybrid care delivery, building and strengthening patients’ trust is a critical part of informing…

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