Crying, Teeth Grinding, Anxiety, Pulling Your Hair Out – all is unwarranted! While it is too early to claim a complete victory, coders seem to have overcome the challenges of ICD-10 coding. Continuing education will be key in coders increasing productivity and keeping up with further changes, the first of which is set to hit on October 1,
EHR Trends Include Mobile Access by Physicians and Patients
A well-known research firm, Black Book forecasts the healthcare cloud market in the U.S. and Europe to grow nearly 24 percent by 2020. By living in the cloud, EHR records are accessible by physicians and patients alike. And making the accessibility even more convenient is the ability to reach the data records via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Watson is the first commercially available cognitive computing which analyzes high volumes of data, understands complex questions posed in natural language, and proposes evidence-based answers. Watson continuously learns, gaining in value and knowledge over time, from previous interactions. In April 2015, IBM Watson Health and the Watson Health Cloud platform was launched. The new unit aims to improve the ability of doctors,
While no one technology or protocol will be able to unify the nation’s electronic medical records and provide true interoperability, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is aiming to provide a reliable pathway into data about patient populations and allow that information to be readily available and serve as a base set of resources that,
Security Measures Medical Practice
It is the job of many to be concerned with the security of medical information that is passed back and forth between institutions and is saved in programs and on servers around the globe. It is also becoming increasingly important that the security of internet connected medical machines such as x-ray machines,
NY State EPCS goes electronic controlled substances
Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) improves patient safety and care. It plays an important part in helping to fight America’s opioid abuse epidemic by eliminating the exposure of a practitioner’s signature and DEA number. 21 million original prescriptions for opioids were written, not including refills,
Hackers using ransomware gets paid to turn the system back
Mount Pleasant Texas facility Titus Regional Medical Center and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center are just two recent examples of hackers accessing systems of major medical providers. In these two cases, hackers demanded ransom in order to turn the systems back over to the owners.
As Apple refuses to comply (Apple CEO Tim Cook says that they do not have the technology and it is too dangerous to create) with the court ruling for them to create a backdoor into iPhones, many are scrutinizing the security of health data that is held electronically. If a backdoor to access any device or service is created,
Respiratory care provider, Lincare, was ordered to pay a $239,800 fine by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR). “While OCR prefers to resolve issues through voluntary compliance, this case shows that we will take the steps necessary, including litigation, to obtain adequate remedies for violations of the HIPAA Rules,”
Interoperability refers to systems that allow providers to share data among different practitioners, insurers, billing/scheduling systems and health information exchanges improving quality of patient care, improving efficiency of reporting and data filing, and making life saving information more readily available.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released its 80-page 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory.