HIPAA Violations Are Not Limited To Data Disclosure

Four hospitals – Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General (both teaching hospitals affiliated with the Harvard Medical School), and New York Presbyterian – have been fined by HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for breaches of patient privacy. The takeaway her...

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Healthcare Communications And Information Technology: How IT Can Help

Healthcare workers are stressed. Physicians have burnout and the highest suicide rate among the traditional professions. Nurses somehow soldier through it all, but everyone in healthcare who provides support to physicians and nurses feels the stress. A few innovations, like medical scribes, have ea...

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The United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) To Provide $125 Million for Improving IT Systems for Community Health Centers

New grants from Health and Human Services are aimed at boosting the health information technology for smaller hospitals. The United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is awarding $125 million in grants to community health centers to, among other functions, improve their use ...

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What Can Healthcare Providers Do To Make Cloud Adoption Easier?

Microsoft’s Azure cloud service recently suffered a major disruption at one of its data centers in Texas. A truly epic lightning storm caused even the backup generators to go offline. Every time the center struggled back to a semblance of normal operations, another round of thunderbolts blew throu...

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Migrating Your Healthcare IT To The Cloud: What’s It Gonna Cost You?

You may have an EHR system, decision support systems, purchasing, payroll, laboratory, pharmacy, personnel, finance, planning, and a myriad of other systems running on hardware that’s getting very long in the tooth. Many PCs are still running some older version of Windows. These issues can be a c...

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You’ve Heard Of Smart Homes. What’s a Smart Health Care Organization?

What’s smart about a smart home? Well, you can talk to it. You can tell your phone to tell the oven to turn itself down to 200 degrees. You can tell your thermostat to drop the nighttime temperature to 68. You can start the car from the upstairs guest bathroom. And so on. What you may not realize...

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