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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Information-Based Careers for Lab Scientists

November 25, 2015 by Daphne Stanford
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As a healthcare professional, have you considered more information or office-based positions that still require a good deal of specialization?[read more]

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Addiction: The Road to Recovery After the Hospital

November 24, 2015 by Viatcheslav Wlassoff
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The prevalence of addictions has risen sharply in recent years. According to the CDC, 2.5% of people over the age of 12 have illegally used drugs in the past month. Since addictions are more common than ever before, medical professionals are looking for new ways to help treat their patients. Many doctors are trying to treat addictions with the use suboxane. However, others prefer alternative treatments.[read more]

Head of the DOJ's Antitrust Division Raises Concerns About Two Proposed Mega-Mergers Between Leading Health Insurers

November 20, 2015 by Katie Brant

The anticipated mergers between four leading health insurers, namely, Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., are causing quite a stir among the American Medical Association (AMA) and antitrust enforcers. They view these mergers as being detrimental to competition and a possible violation of antitrust laws and principles.[read more]

Electronic Health Records: A New Frontier for Medical Malpractice?

November 18, 2015 by Mike Stephenson

There is no question that EHRs make data available more quickly, without having to wait for a transcriptionist or other personnel to enter the doctor’s notes into the computer. However, there is also no question that record-related errors, and therefore malpractice lawsuits, involving EHRs are on the rise. In just one year, from 2013 to 2014, the frequency of lawsuits involving EHRs doubled.[read more]

HIPAA Basics For Licensed Health Care Professionals: Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

November 16, 2015 by Katie Brant

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a HIPAA fact sheet for health care professionals and organizations. We could all use a little refresher from time-to-time.[read more]

5 Key Elements of the Peer Review Process

November 13, 2015 by Moira O'Connell
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Lately we have been talking about the importance of Independent Review Organizations (IROs) and peer reviews in the healthcare ecosystem. Today we continue this discussion and delve deep into the importance of the peer review process. So let’s take a look at the 5 core building blocks of the peer review process.[read more]

CMS Announces Meaningful Use Final Rules & Stage 3 Implementation

October 22, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Now that the ICD-10 panic has subsided the healthcare world is focusing on something new: Meaningful Use. Despite mixed reactions from the public and congress, many of whom expressed concern about the proposed changes and rules,[read more]