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Handling HIPAA Rules In Sports: Why Athlete Privacy Matters

April 18, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

HIPAA breaches are all too common, and the number of reported cases has grown significantly over the last decade. Most often associated with medical professionals and healthcare centers, these breaches can lead to serious legal issues, including medical negligence claims and professionals losing their licenses. However, it’s not only relegated to these areas. It can also play a role in sports when the media gets a hold of a major injury.[read more]

Using AI to reduce prior authorization burden in healthcare

April 8, 2016 by Robert Rowley

One of the most frustrating elements of the current healthcare environment is the administrative burden of prior authorizations for medications and procedures. It is a frustration for providers, for patients, and for payers. Is there any way to solve this dilemma?[read more]

Are Digital Medical Records Harder to Protect?

March 30, 2016 by David Kirby

Healthcare data is targeted to gain access to your social security number and other personally identifiable information. By restricting access to your data, you can minimize your risks and maximize the security of your personal information.[read more]


Dramatic Early Clinical Trial Success for New Cancer Treatment

March 14, 2016 by Ryan Kh

Attendees at this year's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. were astounded by what they heard. Dr. Stan Riddell, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, shared his ongoing research study and clinical trial results on immunotherapy, an experimental cancer treatment.[read more]

Connecting Social Media and EHRs as a Research Tool

February 19, 2016 by Gretchen Kalthoff

A group of patients were recently asked if they would be willing to link their social media accounts to their EHR for medical research and to aid healthcare development. According to the study published by BMJ Quality and Safety, the overwhelming majority responded favorably, with 71% of patients agreeing to connect the two.[read more]

More “Conversations” – Not More Health IT – Are What’s Needed To Increase Patient Engagement And Improve Patient Satisfaction

February 17, 2016 by Steve Wilkins

I am not a technophobe or Luddite when it comes to health IT. I do believe however that the role of information technology should be to support … not replace the physician-patient relationship.[read more]


Keeping Patient Data Secure in a Digital World

February 16, 2016 by Dennis Hung

We now live in the age of the "hacker" where medical data and patient files are at risk of being illegally accessed.[read more]

How do we achieve coordinated health care?

February 12, 2016 by Robert Rowley

Given this change in direction in how we pay for healthcare, it is important for institutions and individual clinical practitioners to have a way to share care plans with each other, and coordinate care much more seamlessly than has occurred historically. Yet, as the recent study shows, we are several years away from being able to do that. Why is this?[read more]

Time for a patient-driven health information economy? – A response

February 9, 2016 by Robert Rowley

The recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Time for a Patient-Driven Health Information Economy?” presents a good overview of the need for, and hurdles in achieving, a unified patient-centered data platform that can be accessed from everyone taking care of the patient. But here's my response.[read more]


How the Healthcare Industry Has Reduced Aggravation For Patients

February 8, 2016 by Ryan Kh

The delivery of health care has changed significantly in recent years. Technological advances have made better treatment possible, while changes on the regulatory landscape and in the best practices for providing service have also had a significant impact. As a result, patients' lives are improving dramatically.[read more]


5 Things You Should Know About HIPAA

January 19, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

Of course healthcare professionals should be most concerned about the health and wellness of their patients, but that’s not their only priority. HIPAA violations should also be at the forefront of the agenda. These have become more serious over the recent years, and things are beginning to get out of hand.[read more]


Transitioning To Electronic Health Records: From Financing To Implementation

January 12, 2016 by Jenna Cyprus

Due to a combination of forces related to both technological advancement and requirements under the Affordable Care Act, more medical practices and hospitals are transitioning to electronic health records (EHR). These systems can be expensive both to acquire and implement, however.[read more]