Obtaining patient engagement

Obtaining patient engagement

For the first time ever, achieving meaningful use depends on patient behavior: Meaningful use Stage 2 requires at least 5 percent of a health-care provider’s patients to be engaged in their own care— either through an electronic medical record (EMR) or an online portal.

Debunking three ICD-10 myths

Debunking three ICD-10 myths

As we move toward the October 2015 compliance deadline for ICD-10, the Journal of AHIMA has tackled three misconceptions about the new coding system.

ICD-9 isn’t so bad. In reality, ICD-9 is obsolete, and the longer it is in use, the more the quality of health-care data will decline, leading to faulty decisions based on inaccurate or imprecise data.

It’s time to get ready for ICD-10

It’s time to get ready for ICD-10

The compliance date for ICD-10 is farther away than it once was, but it’s still coming — and health-care practitioners should be moving forward with preparedness plans, if the results of a recent survey are any indication.

The survey — which questioned physician practices, hospitals, payers, vendors, and others — was conducted by eHealth Initiative and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

It found that most health-care organizations are using the extra time afforded by the delay of ICD-10 compliance to October 15 to invest, train, and test.

Are you in the right cloud?

Are you in the right cloud?

Not all clouds are created equal, at least when it comes to encryption. Most cloud providers say they encrypt data, which engenders a sense of security—but there is a weakness in the process. Data —say, a medical record— is indeed encrypted when you send it to the cloud.

Recent hacker attack highlights need for security

Recent hacker attack highlights need for security

Multiple cyber attacks, possibly by hacker group Anonymous, plagued the Boston Children’s Hospital in April – highlighting the need for data security in all health-care environments.

The attacks may have been a response to the case of 15-year-old patient Justina Pelletier, who the hospital reported to the state as being the victim of medical neglect, ultimately resulting in the state assuming custody.

Meaningful use has been good business – but not perfect

HealthcareIT_Jan02_AIn the early 2000s – even into the current decade – health care had some catching up to do when it came to technology. Much of the industry was paper-based and when technology was used, it was often in separate areas, creating silos of information that couldn’t communicate.

Medical device connectivity market to boom

HealthcareGeneral_Dec03_AThe global market for medical device connectivity is projected to top USD$33 billion by 2019, up significantly from USD$3.5 billion in 2013 – and that could have major implications for health-care providers.

An increase in medical conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes – which require continuous monitoring – are driving growth in the integration of medical devices.