WannaCry ransomware attack jumped cyber threat levels to new heights. Particularly hard hit were healthcare facilities in the UK. Three news articles summarize the attack and address healthcare industry's vulnerability. The US missed the brunt of the lockdown because of an accident in the form of an entrepreneurial coder inadvertently tripping the "kill switch". Cyber-attacks vulnerable healthcare industries missed the 10 years of preparation.
The NCQA announced on November 24th that CECity.com, Inc. and Arcadia Solutions, two leading data vendors, would be participating in the new eMeasure Certification Program. According to the NCQA press release, this means Health Plans will now be able to obtain certified data from these two health IT vendors.
Our guest post this week is from Practice Bridge and covers the very near implementation date of ICD-10. "We will be using ICD-10 in a just over a week. But before that do you know the status on ICD-10 implementation? With the help of coding veterans and influencers, I have come up with few facts most healthcare professionals miss out. In this infographics our experts have shared 6 foundation blocks for successful ICD-10 implementation. Let me break down the facts and foundations for you."
From Anthem to Premera Blue Cross, healthcare data breaches have been buzzing in our news feed since the beginning of 2015. But did you know that five of the biggest data breaches in the healthcare industry occurred this year? And that over "92 million individuals" have been affected by healthcare breaches in 2015 already (just up until May). Unfortunately, it's been a big year for cyber attacks and according to Bloomberg Business "nearly 90 percent of health-care providers were hit by breaches in the past two years, half of them criminal in nature, the report found." While many organizations are buffing up on security and creating awareness around the important issues of cyber security and healthcare, a recent survey by KPMG found that only 66% of providers feel they are prepared a cyber attack.
We've talked a lot about how the use of social media in healthcare can be very rewarding. From helping improve patient satisfaction to creating a strong community online, social media has helped revolutionize certain aspects of the healthcare industry. It's important not to shy away from social media, as it's the perfect way to connect with your patients and clients. Remember - having a strong online presence is crucial for growth in a modern healthcare world. Here are 3 great infographics that will give you some insight into how social media and healthcare work together to improve the patient experience.
According to the NC Rural Health Research Program there have been 56 rural hospital closures since 2010. The reasons behind the closures may vary but the message rings true, rural hospitals are struggling and something needs to be done. From difficulties implanting new HER systems to the re-evaluation of Medicare reimbursements, rural hospitals are looking for new ways to stay afloat. We’ve selected 4 trends that we’ve seen buzzing in the rural healthcare sector this year and that have been helping rural hospitals make the changes they need to succeed.
In the world of healthcare, time is always of the essence. Researchers are continuously looking for new solutions to help improve patients’ well-being and ultimately save lives. The discovery process of new treatments takes an enormous amount of time and resources in order to generate good evidence to prove that they are safe and that it works. Throw in the ever increasing regulatory demands, and it could be decades before new medications and treatments can be available to patients who need them. The emergence of new digital health technologies will hopefully change this. Here are a few examples of how.
There is no better way to end the week than with some great informative and beautifully designed infographics. This week's round up includes everything from Health IT trends to the trends of Health IT purchasing. Whether you are thinking about implementing ICD-10 or allocating resources for a new EMR/EHR system, these infographics are bound to get your brain moving. In some of our most recent blog posts we've touched on need-to-know telehealth terms and how to approach mobile health safety, so if you are interested take a look in our archives!
If you read our post "Healthcare Top 5 Trends," you know know that healthcare trends from specialty pharmacy to accreditation have been gaining traction this year. We have been keeping an eye on three additional healthcare trends that we expect to hugely impact the healthcare industry through the end of the year and continuing on to 2016. From ICD-10 to telehealth, let's explore these important trends and what they mean for healthcare!