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The Difference Between Big Data and Smart Data in Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics The healthcare system’s digital makeover has aimed to help providers work smarter instead of harder, but there are plenty of stakeholders who firmly believe that the electronic health record revolution has completely missed the mark.  The disappointments stemming from barely usable and scarcely interoperable EHRs are well known by now: a lack of actionable data for patient care;...


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How the Affordable Care Act Changed the Face of Health Insurance

HealthPayerIntelligence The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has revolutionized the health insurance industry in a number of ways. Its impacts have been vast and wide. One of the most significant impacts of the landmark legislation is the upward trajectory...

BYOD Security in the Healthcare Setting

HealthITSecurity With mobile devices quickly becoming an integral part of daily operations at more healthcare organizations, both covered entities and their business associates need to ensure that they fully comprehend BYOD security and overall healthcare mobile...

What Is Healthcare Revenue Cycle Management?

RevCycleIntelligence While hospitals, small practices, and larger healthcare systems are known for saving lives and treating patients, every healthcare organization needs to develop successful processes and policies for staying financially healthy. That is where...

Why HIE Data Analytics are Critical for Behavioral Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics In the healthcare industry, “interoperability” is more than just a technical term for the way electronic health record systems shuffle information back and forth.  It’s a concept that can – and should – be applied...

What Is Value-Based Care, What It Means for Providers?

RevCycleIntelligence Value-based care is a form of reimbursement that ties payments for care delivery to the quality of care provided and rewards providers for both efficiency and effectiveness. This form of reimbursement has emerged as an alternative and potential...

Is There a Difference between Telemedicine and Telehealth?

mHealthIntelligence Today’s healthcare ecosystem is filled with references to and examples of telemedicine and telehealth – in some cases, the two terms are used interchangeably. Whether they mean the same thing is a topic of considerable debate. In...

What Are the Benefits of Accountable Care Organizations?

HealthPayerIntelligence Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are provider and payer arrangements established to improve care coordination between primary care physicians, hospitals, specialists, and public or private health payers. The Centers for Medicare &...

Breaking Down the Basics of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

HealthITAnalytics As the healthcare industry moves away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursements towards a new era of accountable, cost-conscious, coordinated care, healthcare organizations are actively seeking new patient management strategies to meet...

How Ransomware Affects Hospital Data Security

HealthITSecurity Ransomware is a type of malware that typically prevents organizations from accessing certain parts of its system. For example, an entity and its users could be locked out from critical systems, such as EHRs, and may be unable to get in unless...

What Entities Need to Know about Upcoming OCR HIPAA Audits

HealthITSecurity The latest round of OCR HIPAA audits were announced earlier this year, leading many healthcare organizations to review their HIPAA compliance measures and ensure that all necessary policies and procedures have been properly documented. The second...

Explaining the Basics of the Internet of Things for Healthcare

HealthITAnalytics The Internet of Things is one of the newest and most promising trends in the healthcare industry.  This rapidly proliferating collection of Internet-connected devices, including wearables, implants, skin sensors, home monitoring tools, and...

Reducing Medical Errors with Improved Communication, EHR Use

EHRIntelligence The revelation that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States sent unsettling reverberations through the healthcare industry last week, but the news is likely only the tip of the iceberg and much more must be done...

What Is MACRA and What It Means to Providers, EHR Technology

EHRIntelligence More than a year has passed since Congress voted to enact the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and the Department of Health & Human Services issued its notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation. At its most...

Identifying Care Disparities for Population Health Management

HealthITAnalytics Over the last several years, “population health management” has become a key concept for healthcare providers who are trying to recalibrate their traditional operations to meet the growing challenges of value-based reimbursement and...

Finding a Place for Real Time Location Systems in Healthcare

mHealthIntelligence Roughly ten years ago, PeaceHealth installed a real time location system (RTLS) platform to help track nurses and equipment in the three-state Pacific Northwest health system. Since then, officials say, the health system has cut its “doctor...

Using Revenue Cycle Analytics for Effective Value-Based Care

RevCycleIntelligence The hospital industry has been experiencing a number of challenges in recent years due to the payment reforms coming from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and commercial health payers. There has been a much greater push...

What We Know About Value-Based Care Under MACRA, MIPS, APMs

RevCycleIntelligence The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 has many parts tied to Medicare and other federal health plan beneficiaries, but first and foremost it is a bill that brings an end to the sustainable growth rate and a beginning to new...

Key Ways to Improve Claims Management and Reimbursement in the Healthcare Revenue Cycle

RevCycleIntelligence Reimbursement is changing in healthcare. Even before elements of the Affordable Care Act began to go into effect, a growing focus on value- based care versus volume has led many healthcare organizations and providers to consider accountable...

Increased EHR Adoption Raises Need for Robust EHR Security

HealthITSecurity EHR security is one small piece to the larger data security puzzle that healthcare organizations, especially those of a larger size, are becoming increasingly aware of and looking to address. Under HIPAA, covered entities have the responsibility...

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