Healthcare Archive

Healthcare’s Worst Nightmare: Anthem Breach

According to Anthem’s website, one in nine Americans receives coverage for medical care through Anthem’s affiliated plans. Despite being a data storage powerhouse, Anthem failed to encrypt consumer data which surprisingly is not against the law. Anthem, the country’s second largest health insurer was hacked recently compromising names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers etc.

Healthcare Consumer Satisfaction Significantly Improves With Accountable Care Organizations

The growth of Accountable Care Organizations is, without doubt, one of the greatest changes that occurred in the past few years. Enhancing quality of care, mitigating healthcare costs, and improving healthcare consumer experience is something the Affordable Care Act is designed for. A recent study revealed that beneficiaries are happier with their care after a

Considerable increase in mobile EHR users

With the recent surveys, it is evident that when it comes to Electronic Health Record systems, mobility and satisfaction matters a lot. This is as per the findings of one of the web based EHR consultancy companies, along with other market research companies. Nearly 600 people were asked to rate their level of satisfaction with

ICD-10 Delay: What to do Now?

The CMS had stated that ICD-10 implementation is not going to be delayed this time. It has already pushed to 2014 from last year. But, I guess you will never know anything for sure in future. Now that ICD-10 is postponed till 2015, we still should not lose the momentum that we achieved so far

How to Setup Passwords or Authentication Process on your Mobile Device?

First step towards securing data on your mobile device is setup a password or an authentication process. Password is a combination of letters, numbers and keyboard characters that allows user to gain access to the mobile device. It is a means of user authentication. Authentication is a process of verifying the identity of a user,

What are the risks involved in using mobile devices to access patient data on it?

In today’s Information Age, smartphone and tablets have so much processing power that they are no less than a computer for all essential purposes. We now use them for daily usual activities, including searching web, accessing financial accounts, shopping, and communication and even editing documents and performing work related tasks. We even access many EHR

What is a meaningful consent? Why we need to know?

With the increasing use of health information technology and electronic health records, health care provider’s share and access health information using their computers. There are multiple ways a provider can share patient information with another entity. One way is to provide data from one EMR in a portable format that the patient can take to

Healthcare Business Intelligence; What Should Small Practices Do?

A smart doctor feels the pulse of his patient with one hand and that of his business with the other. It is equally important for a medical practice to sustain a green health indicator as it is for a patient to be healthy. It’s also quite likely that the practice’s financial health may dwindle as

Customer Ratings Will Affect Hospitals Bottom Line in 2013

Word-of-mouth has always been considered a most reliable source of information about the quality of traditional customer goods and services. So, it should be the same case for healthcare services, right?  Well, so thinks CMS. With growing concerns on Medicare’s future, the federal government has turned to customer reviews to institute the Hospital Inpatient Value-Based

Fighting Audits with Audits

The word “audit” usually accompanies thoughts of penalties, stress, and fear; however, a pro-active audit is an effective tool that should be used by all practices.  In order to conduct an effective audit there are a few tips that should be considered: 1-      If you do not currently audit your practice, what are you waiting