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Verizon PHI Data Breach Report & Security Challenges
Healthcare has been grappling with the difficulty of maintaining the delicate balance of information access and security for a long time now and the findings of the inaugural Verizon Protected Health Information Data Breach Report underscore the fact that security patient data is an expansive undertaking. The report found 90% of industries have experienced a PHI data breach, including breaches of health insurance information from personnel files or breaches occurring outside of traditional healthcare ...
Posted on: November 29, 2015
Researchers at CMU, Pitt Receive CURE Grant
Pittsburgh, PA - Big Data researchers from Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh University have received a $5 million, three-year state Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) grant to develop better methods for integrating, analyzing and modeling large volumes of diverse data on cancer patients. The goal is to produce more accurate predictions of patient outcomes and to enable clinicians to tailor care for each patient. Gregory Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice chair of biomedical ...
Posted on: November 28, 2015
Health IT Now Endorses VA Telehealth Bill
The Health IT Now Coalition (HITN) has sent a letter endorsing legislation aimed at expanding veterans' access to telehealth services to the bill's co-sponsors, Healthcare Informatics reports. Under current rules, physicians must be licensed in the state where a veteran resides in order to provide telehealth services to that patient. Such rules are waived if both the patient and physician conduct the visit from federal facilities. About 677,000 veterans used telehealth services last year, according to ...
Posted on: November 26, 2015
HCIM Launches Strategic Consulting Practice
Walnut Creek, CA - HealthCare Information Management, Inc. (HCIM) is announcing the expansion of its consulting service offerings to include a Strategic Consulting Practice focusing on navigating the future transformation of the healthcare marketplace. This new initiative is driven by two industry executives with over 75 years of combined healthcare operations and technology experience who have encountered and conquered chronic inefficiencies, underutilized technology and the constant onslaught of new ...
Posted on: November 22, 2015
Central Vermont Hospital Implements MEDHOST EDIS
Franklin, TN - Randolph, Vermont's Gifford Medical Center will implement the MEDHOST Emergency Department Information System (EDIS) in an attempt to create efficiencies and streamline workflows and patient throughput across its emergency department (ED). Hospital leadership and ED physicians were drawn to the simplicity of MEDHOST's EDIS, as it would supplement normal workflows. MEDHOST's EDIS will also increase Gifford's data abstraction capabilities, allowing ED leadership to analyze the department's ...
Posted on: November 21, 2015
Verisma Announces $12 Million Funding Round
Verisma, a Release of Information (ROI) Automation Systems provider for the healthcare industry, has announced it recently closed on a round of financing led by NewSpring Health Capital ("NewSpring"), the dedicated healthcare fund of NewSpring Capital. Blue Heron Capital and Jim Crook, former President of IDX Systems Corporation, joined the financing round. Verisma will use the total proceeds to enhance their existing infrastructure as well as grow sales, marketing and product development teams. "This ...
Posted on: November 19, 2015
Sophos Launches Security Heartbeat
Sophos has rolled out a firewall/end point security package with an eye towards more quickly helping IT detect threats and autonomously isolate infected devices. The key to the company's security protection package is Sophos Security Heartbeat endpoint software and the firm's new XG Firewall family. According to Dan Schiappa, Senior Vice President of the end user security group at Sophos, Security Heartbeat sends continuous, real-time health information about the end point. If suspicious traffic is ...
Posted on: November 15, 2015
HealthMark Introduces MedRelease Software
Dallas, TX - HealthMark Group, a provider of health information management services for medical clinics and hospitals, has launched MedRelease, proprietary software that manages required back-end duties for medical clinics and hospitals to maintain compliance for Release of Information (ROI) including invoicing, collections, delivery, tracking and reporting. "HealthMark aims to transform the conventional ROI outsourcing model for healthcare organizations," said Scott Bagley, CEO, HealthMark Group. "The ...
Posted on: November 14, 2015
Libman Education Updates ICD-10 Assessments
Bedford, MA - To help HIM departments with the immediate need to gauge coder proficiency in the wake of the ICD-10 transition, Libman Education has updated its line of standard and customized Medical Coding Skills Assessments. The assessments assist HIM departments in the crucial areas of hiring, training and evaluating coding proficiency. They can also be tailored to an organization's unique needs and test a wide variety of medical coding skills, such as ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, inpatient coding, ...
Posted on: November 12, 2015
Orion Health Names North America Marketing VP
Boston, MA - Orion Health, a population health management and healthcare integration company, has announced the appointment of Robert Pepper as Vice President of Marketing, North America. In his new role, Pepper will be responsible for setting the North American marketing strategy in collaboration with Orion's global and North American leadership teams, as well as driving functional marketing programs in support of Orion Health's overall business objectives. Pepper brings over 25 years of experience to ...
Posted on: November 08, 2015
RAND Study Shows Hospital Efficiency Improves with Data
Pittsburgh, PA - Combining information technology with a management approach known as "lean thinking" may help hospitals improve patient flow management, reduce wait times for hospital beds and save money, according to a new RAND Corporation report. Researchers found the unified approach resulted in tremendous gains in efficiency over three years at one hospital system, improving the number of adult transfers by more than 300%, reducing the time it took patients to move from the emergency room to a ...
Posted on: November 07, 2015
Charter Oak State's Online HIM Receives CAHIIM Accreditation
New Britain, CT - Charter Oak State College, Connecticut's public online college, has announced that its Health Information Management bachelor's degree program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), the governing academic authority in the field of Health Information Management. Cindy Glewwe Edgerton, M.Ed, RHIA, Program Director said, "This is an incredible achievement for the college which demonstrates the program's ...
Posted on: November 05, 2015
Infinitely Virtual Unveils Full-Disk Encryption
Los Angeles, CA - Ahead of its Q1 2016 rollout of a series of HIPAA hosting plans, cloud hosting provider Infinitely Virtual has announced a Full-Disk Encryption (FDE) option. The FDE feature will be available for each virtual machine in all HIPAA hosting plans. According to TechTarget, full-disk encryption (FDE) works "by automatically converting data on a hard drive into a form that cannot be understood by anyone who doesn't have the key to 'undo' the conversion. Without the proper authentication key, ...
Posted on: November 01, 2015
HIMSS Middle East UAE ehealth Week Featuring HIMSS-Elsevier Award
Dubai, UAE - As part of the HIMSS Middle East UAE eHealth Week in December, Elsevier, a provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will feature the HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award to recognize outstanding achievements in the implementation and usage of health information and technology from hospitals in the Middle East. The award promotes Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) ...
Posted on: October 31, 2015
Welltrinsic Taps CleveMed's Cloud-Based Sleep Apnea Testing Solutions
Welltrinsic (www.welltrinsic.com), a leading organization representing a large group of sleep centers and physicians nationwide and CleveMed (https://www.clevemed.com), a provider of cloud-based home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) solutions, has entered into an agreement to expand Welltrinsic's membership services. With the agreement, Welltrinsic will offer HSAT solutions to its Welltrinsic members using CleveMed's technologies and mail order programs exclusively. In addition to buying monitors at competitive ...
Posted on: October 29, 2015