Health Literacy, Patient Advocacy, and Patient Generated Health Data: A New Direction

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) health literacy is “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” This includes the ability to understand instructions on prescriptions, doctor’s directions and medical education brochures, as well…

April Is AHIMA Privacy And Security Month: Why Privacy And Security Needs To Be Any Healthcare Organization’s Top Priority

April is AHIMA Privacy and Security Month, a great opportunity to keep confidentiality and security on everyone’s radar. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) states, “The Privacy Rule sets the floor providing baseline requirements to preserve the overall confidentiality of protected health information (PHI) regardless of type (e.g. verbal, paper, electronic). The Security Rule…

How Information Governance And APIS Are Transforming Healthcare

These days, digital information is gold. This is especially true in healthcare, where organizations strategically use health information to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and try to enhance the safety and quality of patient care. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) defines information governance “as an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and…

Cyber Security and Data Protection: How To Defend Your Health Organization Against Cyber-Attacks

Healthcare organizations are under attack. Hospitals, physician groups, insurance companies – every kind of medical facility is a potential target for cyber-attacks.  According to a report from Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, “one in 13 patients – roughly 25 million people – will have personal information, such as social security or…

Privacy and Security as Budget Line Items

As the majority of us are aware, recent years have been increasingly challenging in relation to cyber security. Many hospitals across the country have been victims of a hacker attack. Ransomware has become an extremely lucrative operation for cyber criminals. When hackers target hospitals, the consequences can be devastating – especially for rural hospitals. Delayed…

Patient Identity And Interoperability

On average, clinicians spend 28.2 minutes per shift searching for correct patient records, according to the “2016 National Patient Misidentification Report”, a survey of 503 healthcare executives and providers conducted by Ponemon Institute, sponsored by Imprivata. (source: https://pages.imprivata.com/rs/imprivata/images/Ponemon-Report_121416.pdf) Misidentifying a patient can lead to serious consequences: Medical errors, financial loss, a negative impact on the patient,…

ICD-10 New Codes: Deadline Approaches!

October is just around the corner and this means that it is the last quarter of this year and also the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2018 when changes for ICD-10 take effect. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the complete list of links and files regarding the new ICD-10-CM codes on…