Sunday, May 22, 2022
As the healthcare industry focuses on value-based care, tracking data on health outcomes among patient populations will be crucial. Both population health and public health focus on improving care and outcomes across large groups of patients. While they may sound similar, population and public health have important distinctions. What Is the Population Health Approach to…
The pandemic has been hard on healthcare. Shifting to remote work introduced a host of new challenges for IT teams, while evolving restrictions meant a backlog in critical patient procedures. This new normal has also impacted clinical trials. As noted by Center Watch, while more than 5,500 trials were planned in 2021 — 14 percent…
It’s sad, but true: Less than 15 percent of enterprise organizations report key performance indicators for security. Healthcare organizations are no different. While many track clinical, financial and operational data, few track and report cybersecurity metrics. This greatly increases the risk, because attacks against healthcare organizations are increasing dramatically. Without keeping a finger on the…
Physicians, nurses, administrators and other healthcare staff depend on rapid and efficient access to information to deliver high-quality patient care. Today, that means enabling a mobile workforce to access information wherever they are, whether in the office, at a patient’s bedside or at home in the middle of the night. Simultaneously, HIPAA and other privacy…
The healthcare industry in the U.S. is in the midst of major change, from evolving patient expectations to hybrid approaches to care. As many healthcare organizations continue their digital transformation journeys, the technology that helps deliver care will also evolve. So, what will the landscape look like for the healthcare IT workforce? The U.S. government…
Rose Gilligan had an urgent goal when she joined the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) in 2019: to get “out of the data center business.” The organization’s on-premises data center was sprawling and inefficient, with hardware from multiple vendors. A number of servers had aged out of support, and some systems were redundant. For…
The digitalization of healthcare has increased the demand for IT systems monitoring and made it a mission-critical undertaking for health systems’ IT departments. Brian St. Jean, presales system engineer at Paessler, a monitoring software company, says IT systems monitoring should occur in four areas: digital medical devices, the health system’s integration engine, communication between disparate…
For healthcare organizations squaring off against today’s sophisticated cybercriminals, the stakes are high: A successful breach can result in potential disruptions to patient care, loss of private health data, reputational damage and even the risk of legal action. Incident response programs help mitigate the impact of such events by enabling healthcare providers to act swiftly…
Clinical decision support systems have come a long way from their early implementations in the 1970s. As stand-alone systems that were expensive to build and difficult to use — and given the legal and ethical resistance at the time to using computers to practice medicine — CDSSs tended to be restricted to “academic pursuits,” as…
Clear communication and real-time collaboration are critical to delivering lifesaving healthcare. From landline phones and public address systems to pagers and smartphones, clinical communication and collaboration (CC&C) has undergone major shifts, especially over the past few decades. But communicating and collaborating in a healthcare setting can be disjointed and inflexible, depending on the approach, which…

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