It's good to have a "big dog" recognize that the long-term and post-acute care sectors should be given more help with information technology and exchange.
The HIPAA landscape evolves for providers as cloud storage, mobile devices and large-scale cyber attacks present new challenges to security and privacy efforts
Long-term care operators need to ensure that their lifeblood — data —is adequately guarded in the case of natural disaster, power outage or cyber attack
Acquiring a software package completes one process for providers, but it also initiates another: A quest to enhance staff knowledge and skills for using the new information technology. In this special "How To" article, experts offer advice on how to best train employees who will be working on new software systems.
Edentech has expanded to include Information Technology-related professional services for healthcare marketplaces.
Information technology today has become sophisticated and complex. With many long-term care facilities now facing looming mandates to adopt electronic medical records, security and reliability of hardware is a paramount concern. Careful infrastructure planning and hardware acquisition will help meet these challenges.
The healthcare industry's deployment of information technology systems has fallen short of the expectations projected by the RAND Corporation in 2005.
The Seattle IHT2 Health IT Summit, now in its seventh year, will focus on defining meaningful use as participants convene on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The opening keynote will be on the "State of the Health Care IT Union" by Advisory Board Executive Director David Garets. Other sessions will cover accountable care organizations, security and privacy in health IT, and telehealth applications. The summit will be held at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Future summits will be held in 2012 in New York City in September; Beverly Hills, CA in November; and Austin, TX, in December.
Long-term care providers must collaborate and create partnerships with their acute care counterparts in order to make efficient use of new technology, a health information management expert told listeners at a special McKnight's webcast Tuesday.
To enhance facility communications with other providers and vendors while improving patient care, one of the most important information technology considerations must be interoperability. There are varying degrees of sophistication for both vendors and providers. If the right level isn't reached, caregiving and facility efficiency could suffer.
Long-term care is the stepchild of the healthcare industry. So it's not surprising that none of the $27 billion extended by the federal government for health information technology is available to nursing homes and other LTC facilities.
The Healthcare Information Management Systems and Society is hosting its annual conference Sunday through Wednesday in Orlando, FL. More than 400 educational sessions will be offered at HIMMS11, covering topics such as the HITECH Act, standards, interoperability, Meaningful Use provisions, and more. More than 29,000 individuals are expected to attend.
As the government strives to limit rehospitalizations, one nursing home and a couple of hospitals in New York City are staying ahead of the pack.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday sent a letter to state Medicaid directors detailing the qualification terms for a 90% matching fund rate for administrative expenses that go toward information technology.
Long-term care facilities could be receiving funding for health information technology initiatives under the recently passed healthcare reform law, according to reports.
Despite claims of significant cost savings, so far implementation of healthcare information technology in hospitals "hasn't saved a dime," according to a new report from researchers at Harvard Medical School.
The call for widespread adoption of electronic medical records has prompted some states to pass stringent privacy laws to protect their residents against fraud or identity theft. But a new analysis finds these laws seem to significantly diminish the effectiveness of the new technology.
Electronic health records timeline in stimulus bill could be unrealistic, senior health IT official saysMay 19, 2009
Lawmakers might have underestimated how long it would take the healthcare industry to implement new healthcare information technology when setting a timeline for its adoption under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, one prominent healthcare official says.
TWO DAYS AND COUNTING: Expo session on IT comes on heels of naming of new national health information technology coordinatorMarch 23, 2009
Long-term care providers are liable to hear the name David Blumenthal, M.D., a lot in the coming months and years if all goes as planned at the Department of Health and Human Services. On Friday, HHS named Blumenthal the new national coordinator for health information technology.
New information technology products are vital, but they are seldom inexpensive. That makes it critical for providers, who are typically saddled with tight budgets, to learn how to implement new IT products as economically as possible. Experts advise how providers on a tight budget can make the most of what they have.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which the president signed into law last month, provides desired funding for long-term care providers.
President-elect Barack Obama Thursday outlined plans for an economic recovery package that includes funding to improve healthcare information technology.
The Internet contains many important things--instantaneous communication, unlimited access to information and the often-honored McKnight's Web site (www.mcknights.com), among them. But researchers at UCLA have discovered there may be other bonuses for Web-savvy seniors: It also might stimulate brain function and improve cognitive ability.
Scrutiny of information technology use in nursing homes has been put under a new microscope and the findings are not pretty, researchers say.
Developing a technologically savvy workforce is the secret to a facility's success when it comes to upgrading systems
It's April. Do you know where your year has gone? That's not entirely a rhetorical question because even if your fiscal year isn't nearing an end, you could have reason to be feeling a squeeze.
The last day of the McKnight's Online Expo will begin this morning with a discussion of how long-term care providers can use information technology to their financial advantage.
Up to half of all seniors will mismanage at least one of their medications, which can account for "about 23 percent of nursing home admissions," according to a new analysis in the Baltimore Sun.
The full implementation of e-prescribing technology could come within three years, according to one of its foremost proponents. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich declared that possibility last week when he joined and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) for the introduction of a bill designed to stimulate the adoption of e-prescribing.
Forced by a mandate in the 2003 Medicare law, the Bush administration has proposed caps for noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and a mandate for providers to use electronic health records.