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  • A New Perspective on Privacy and Security as Foundational Components of Information Governance (IG)

    [The following blog post was written by Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, Sr. VP of HIM and Privacy Officer, HealthPort]  Healthcare must move beyond compliance to a greater model of IG. For the past three years, the Privacy Point column has focused primarily on privacy and security- issues, challenges, priorities along with ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 16, 2015
  • Data Security Dilemma

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Jeff Margolis, chair and CEO, Welltok] Data, data, everywhere...the practical dilemma is that even as the increasing threat of data security challenges is hitting the front page, healthcare industry leaders and pundits are in nearly universal agreement that far more - not less - consumer ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 3, 2015
  • ICD-10: Ready, Set, Code

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management (HIM) innovation for Nuance.]  Much has been said about the politics and jockeying of groups behind the scenes, lobbying either for or against ICD-10. That's not going to change. Healthcare providers must be proactive ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on October 2, 2014
  • Global Healthcare Megatrends: Clinical Challenges

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Toby Samo, M.D., chief medical officer, Allscripts. This is the first installment in our 5-part series focusing on Global Healthcare Megatrends]  There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on September 3, 2014
  • Preserve the HIM Workforce During the ICD-10 Delay

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management (HIM) innovation, Nuance] With the ICD-10 transition date now at least 16 months away, we must think about the impact this has on the workforce that was hired or educated with the original date in mind The American Health ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on June 23, 2014
  • Patient Confidentiality and Social Media

    Editor's note: This article was posted with permission from its author, Christine Gondos, Igloo Software. She can be reached at cgondos@igloosoftware.com. The fastpaced healthcare industry is continuously evolving -- whether it be newly released studies, new best practices or new techniques, the healthcare community thrives off of ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on April 26, 2013
  • Cloud Computing Meets HIPAA Omnibus: A Provider Checklist

    (Editor's Note: This guest blog was written by Frankie Rios, CISSP, VP information security and compliance, GNAX.) Cloud computing and storage is an undeniable migration path and IT strategy. Overall spending on cloud technology is expected to reach an estimated $150 billion annually by 2014, according to a recent Gartner Group study. And ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 26, 2013
  • Patient Engagement Helps Hospitals Achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use Compliance

    Editor's note: This blog was written by Jodi DeMarco, PhD; she is the interactive solutions advisor for TeleHealth Services. The controversy around meaningful use options and proposed requirements has morphed from spirited debate to reluctant acceptance. Healthcare providers have weighed in with sometimes varying opinions over the many months ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on December 6, 2012
  • HIE Options: The Battle Between Public and Private Continues

    As Meaningful Use criteria push towards required interoperability and changing reimbursement methods necessitate more coordinated care, HIEs are looking more and more appealing to hHealthcare providers. The HIE market practically exploded last year, growing more than 40%, according to a Chilmark Research report. ''As federal incentives drive the ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on August 15, 2012
  • ICD-10: Still in the Works

    If you are worried that your organization is falling behind on ICD-10 preparation, you are not alone. Nearly half of the 2,118 providers who participated in the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) February 2012 ICD-10 readiness survey said they did not even know when they would be completing their impact assessment — a key milestone ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on August 9, 2012
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