Ransomware is on the Rise, and it’s Targeting Healthcare

Date: November 11, 2016
Filed under: data security, ransomware

By now, news stories about hospitals falling victim to ransomware attacks seem to emerge on a weekly basis. Worse yet, hospitals are the most popular targets for hackers utilizing ransomware programs, suggesting that those attackers understand the vulnerability and value of protected health information. The push for rapid digitization of medical records and patient information […]

Employee Engagement, Career Ladders, and E-Learning

Healthcare organizations across the nation can suffer from high turnover rates due to such issues as pay caps, increased job responsibilities without additional compensation, and other similar problems. This can consequentially lead to low employee morale and engagement, in which staff members are not functioning to the best of their ability. According to best practice […]

Healthcare Can Use Technology to Fight Medical Errors

According to a recent study published in The BMJ, medical errors account for 9.5% of inpatient deaths annually, leading medical errors to be the third largest cause of death in the United States. Recent advances in technology as well as increased awareness for the prevalence and dangers of medical errors have led many hospitals and […]

New PCI Standards and How to Meet Them

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council released version 3.2 of the PCI Data Security Standards (DSS) in late April. Companies have been given until the end of January 2018 to comply with these new requirements, as most will necessitate numerous policy changes. Most of the updates are related to an increased focus on […]

A Balancing Act: How to Manage Multiple Generations in Healthcare Settings

Like within many other industries, healthcare leaders are noticing as many as four different generations of providers—the Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials—working together within organizations. In fact, three out of four leaders across various industries indicated in an Ernst and Young survey that managing multigenerational teams in the workplace poses a significant […]

Cost awareness in the OR: Do you know what you’re spending?

Cost containment in the OR is a struggle for many organizations. It requires the combined efforts of executive leadership, supply chain, and clinical staff to identify opportunities for savings through standardization and cost-conscious procurement. But before any steps can be taken to meet these ends, organizations need a clear understanding of what they’re spending on […]

A Successor to Meaningful Use for Office-Based Physicians

Date: October 26, 2016

Meaningful Use has had some success in encouraging providers to embrace information technology. Despite this, some healthcare organizations have criticized the strictness of its measures. On April 27th, 2016 the Department of Health and Human Services issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking detailing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), a component of the Medicare Access and […]

Upcoming Virtual Conference: How Do You Get The Most Out of HIE Participation?

Health information exchange and interoperability have been on the radar for healthcare organizations over the last several years, but true mainstream adoption of those concepts is still developing slowly. Patient-centric focuses and an emphasis on data analytics have naturally dovetailed into the concepts of information exchange, but many healthcare organizations still struggle with the technology […]

Expanding IDNs: What that means for the supply chain

As merger and acquisition deals continue, consolidated health systems are seeing their web of services creep outward throughout their communities. Through the onboarding of locations like physician offices, a variety of specialty clinics, and imaging centers, many systems are serving a much larger geographical region than ever before. In terms of the healthcare supply chain, […]