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  • The HIPAA omnibus rule spells big change for health IT operations

    Known informally as "the omnibus rule," last year's HHS HIPAA-update threw healthcare providers, payers and their business associates for a loop. The biggest changes wrought under the new rule affect HIPAA's Security Rule, with both business associates and healthcare providers facing increased liability over data security.

    This three-part guide takes a hard look at what these changes mean for day-to-day health IT operations and, more broadly, for the industry. First, compliance and standards expert Mike Chapple drills down on the repercussions for business associates under the HIPAA omnibus rule: an increased accountability when entering into business associate agreements. Chapple then explores the steps health IT pros can take to adjust business processes and remain compliant with HIPAA regulations. Next, Chapple dives deeper into the compliance issue -- specifically, how a continuous approach helps organizations increase data security and reduce stress on IT teams. To close, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a bird's-eye view of legislation reformation. Readers will learn how one decades-old federal regulation -- and discussions of reform, especially -- has prompted an important conversation on data regulation and integration.

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  • Staying secure, HIPAA compliant with mobile technologies

    The integration of health data systems with phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare IT professionals. That, readers will soon learn, is easier said than done.

    In this three-part guide, we clear away some of the cobweb-ridden concerns around mobile device management. First, readers will take a look at the repercussions of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance. While makers of new mobile personal health apps are rejoicing over news that the FDA will not regulate mobile device data systems (MDDS), it's a potential nightmare for healthcare providers. Experts say the move leaves medical devices with an extremely low barrier for safety -- and no checks and balances to speak of.

    Next, we attempt to understand why -- even with the technology to support it -- adoption of mHealth apps is so low. To that end, health IT consultant Reda Chouffani points to areas where mobile healthcare could serve to enhance the care experience. We close with a look at patient engagement, as mandated in stage 2 meaningful use criteria. Many in healthcare are looking to technology -- electronic communication, primarily -- to involve patients in their care, and the pressure to effectively address patient engagement safety is mounting. Here, we outline the steps hospitals everywhere must take to do just that.

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      • Confront the problem with healthcare data storage

        State and federal data-retention regulations and an ever-increasing volume of data -- with imaging data as the biggest culprit -- are creating a big storage dilemma for many healthcare providers. Providers are required by law to store patient data for years and, in some cases, decades -- even though it's likely they will never give many pieces of data a second glance.

        So how to make room for the ever-growing mountains of healthcare data? Start with this three-part guide. Inside, our health IT experts outline useful tips for every step of the data management process. Readers will gain insight on the differences between data archiving and data backup as well as expert advice on storing and managing imaging data for the long term.

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      • VDI environments aim to address mobile devices, remote workers

        As health systems grapple with a host of new problems -- among them complications from HIPAA compliance regulations -- providers are actively seeking solutions to the myriad issues confronting hospitals' technology infrastructure. And with less-centralized medical staffs, remote health monitoring and a surge in personal technology devices -- tablets, thin clients and virtual desktops -- there are pressing concerns for many. After a recent surge in adoption, it would seem many see virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments as the answer healthcare IT professionals are looking for.

        In this handbook, experts provide readers with firsthand accounts on implementing VDI environments that focus on how the move positively affects healthcare IT environments. Also, readers can look forward to a special case study detailing one hospital's efforts to effectively and efficiently deal with printing remotely over a virtualized network -- even with issues such as HIPAA compliance and the 21st-century healthcare worker's proclivity for wireless devices. Lastly, SearchHealthIT Executive Site Editor Don Fluckinger closes with an in-depth look at why outsourcing pieces of healthcare IT operations is still so difficult for many health systems.

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      • EHR integration, quality improvement driving clinical decision support

        Improvement in the care delivery process begins at the bedside, and for that to happen providers must implement and use more decision-support tools for better diagnosing and outcomes. Providers are interested in these tools, but HIPAA concerns, a lack of readily accessible, robust data and little awareness around how to integrate tools into electronic systems are obstacles to widespread adoption.

        Still, some hospitals and doctors are making definitive strides in healthcare analytics. In this handbook, gain an understanding of the intersection of analytics and quality improvement, how privacy rules fit into predictive analytics and how specialists who are integrating their decision-support practices with primary caregivers are creating more effective use of resources.

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      • Best practices for mobile device security management

        Mobile health is becoming an integral component in the delivery of care, and IT departments must figure out how to integrate organization-issued as well as personal mobile devices onto networks. The data that flows through these networks and devices is protected health information, which is governed by HIPAA compliance mandates. To ensure that data remains private and secure, mobile device management needs to be a priority for IT experts. In this handbook, readers will find expert advice on the new BYOD frontier as well as insight into how mobile device management, or MDM, can help circumvent potential problems with BYOD policies in the workplace.

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      • EHR integration, quality improvement driving clinical decision support

        Improvement in the care delivery process begins at the bedside, and for that to happen providers must implement and use more decision-support tools for better diagnosing and outcomes. Providers are interested in these tools, but HIPAA concerns, a lack of readily accessible, robust data and little awareness around how to integrate tools into electronic systems are obstacles to widespread adoption.

        Still, some hospitals and doctors are making definitive strides in healthcare analytics. In this handbook, gain an understanding of the intersection of analytics and quality improvement, how privacy rules fit into predictive analytics and how specialists who are integrating their decision-support practices with primary caregivers are creating more effective use of resources.

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      • The business case for healthcare cloud computing

        Both public and private cloud structures can help health care organizations alleviate the burden that patient records and digital images place on data centers. And, learning how these technologies fit in to your facility is the first step toward achieving these benefits. This handbook from SearchHealthIT.com highlights some of the most important considerations for integrating public and private cloud structures into your health care facility. Within this valuable healthcare cloud computing handbook, learn about the cloud's risks and rewards, how to prepare for public cloud services, setting up your own private cloud and much more.

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      • Staying secure, HIPAA compliant with mobile technologies

        The integration of health data systems with phones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices is one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare IT professionals. That, readers will soon learn, is easier said than done.

        In this three-part guide, we clear away some of the cobweb-ridden concerns around mobile device management. First, readers will take a look at the repercussions of recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance. While makers of new mobile personal health apps are rejoicing over news that the FDA will not regulate mobile device data systems (MDDS), it's a potential nightmare for healthcare providers. Experts say the move leaves medical devices with an extremely low barrier for safety -- and no checks and balances to speak of.

        Next, we attempt to understand why -- even with the technology to support it -- adoption of mHealth apps is so low. To that end, health IT consultant Reda Chouffani points to areas where mobile healthcare could serve to enhance the care experience. We close with a look at patient engagement, as mandated in stage 2 meaningful use criteria. Many in healthcare are looking to technology -- electronic communication, primarily -- to involve patients in their care, and the pressure to effectively address patient engagement safety is mounting. Here, we outline the steps hospitals everywhere must take to do just that.

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      • Mobile health handbook: Understanding device security

        Although the transition from paper to electronic took years, the adoption of mobile devices in health care organizations is quickly taking off. But before you begin introducing mobile health into your environment, be sure you’ve balanced the convenience benefits against the security risks. This expert handbook offers essential advice for managing and securing mobile devices in your health care organization.

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      • Best practices for mobile device security management

        Mobile health is becoming an integral component in the delivery of care, and IT departments must figure out how to integrate organization-issued as well as personal mobile devices onto networks. The data that flows through these networks and devices is protected health information, which is governed by HIPAA compliance mandates. To ensure that data remains private and secure, mobile device management needs to be a priority for IT experts. In this handbook, readers will find expert advice on the new BYOD frontier as well as insight into how mobile device management, or MDM, can help circumvent potential problems with BYOD policies in the workplace.

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      • The HIPAA omnibus rule spells big change for health IT operations

        Known informally as "the omnibus rule," last year's HHS HIPAA-update threw healthcare providers, payers and their business associates for a loop. The biggest changes wrought under the new rule affect HIPAA's Security Rule, with both business associates and healthcare providers facing increased liability over data security.

        This three-part guide takes a hard look at what these changes mean for day-to-day health IT operations and, more broadly, for the industry. First, compliance and standards expert Mike Chapple drills down on the repercussions for business associates under the HIPAA omnibus rule: an increased accountability when entering into business associate agreements. Chapple then explores the steps health IT pros can take to adjust business processes and remain compliant with HIPAA regulations. Next, Chapple dives deeper into the compliance issue -- specifically, how a continuous approach helps organizations increase data security and reduce stress on IT teams. To close, SearchHealthIT news writer Shaun Sutner takes a bird's-eye view of legislation reformation. Readers will learn how one decades-old federal regulation -- and discussions of reform, especially -- has prompted an important conversation on data regulation and integration.

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      • Confront the problem with healthcare data storage

        State and federal data-retention regulations and an ever-increasing volume of data -- with imaging data as the biggest culprit -- are creating a big storage dilemma for many healthcare providers. Providers are required by law to store patient data for years and, in some cases, decades -- even though it's likely they will never give many pieces of data a second glance.

        So how to make room for the ever-growing mountains of healthcare data? Start with this three-part guide. Inside, our health IT experts outline useful tips for every step of the data management process. Readers will gain insight on the differences between data archiving and data backup as well as expert advice on storing and managing imaging data for the long term.

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      • Emerging cloud data storage techniques in health care

        Today’s health care organizations are struggling to keep up the ever-increasing amount clinical data. And many are turning to virtualization and cloud services to help meet growing storage demands. However, concerns such as data ownership and security continue to linger in the minds of health IT departments. But, that doesn’t mean storing sensitive clinical data in cloud is out of the question. This essential guide on emerging storage techniques in health care demonstrates how, with a little creativity, organizations can benefit from the new cloud data storage techniques that make electronic information easier to manage.

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      • VDI environments aim to address mobile devices, remote workers

        As health systems grapple with a host of new problems -- among them complications from HIPAA compliance regulations -- providers are actively seeking solutions to the myriad issues confronting hospitals' technology infrastructure. And with less-centralized medical staffs, remote health monitoring and a surge in personal technology devices -- tablets, thin clients and virtual desktops -- there are pressing concerns for many. After a recent surge in adoption, it would seem many see virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments as the answer healthcare IT professionals are looking for.

        In this handbook, experts provide readers with firsthand accounts on implementing VDI environments that focus on how the move positively affects healthcare IT environments. Also, readers can look forward to a special case study detailing one hospital's efforts to effectively and efficiently deal with printing remotely over a virtualized network -- even with issues such as HIPAA compliance and the 21st-century healthcare worker's proclivity for wireless devices. Lastly, SearchHealthIT Executive Site Editor Don Fluckinger closes with an in-depth look at why outsourcing pieces of healthcare IT operations is still so difficult for many health systems.

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      • Understanding secure, electronic storage of healthcare information

        The need for secure storage of personal health information, imaging data and other related medical data continues to increase as more healthcare information becomes electronic. Health systems are managing petabytes of data and must consider storage that is flexible, HIPAA-compliant and easily accessible.

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