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Jan 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

HFMA Mid-South Institute 2017 Highlights

We’re gearing up for what’s in store in the healthcare arena in 2017 by attending HFMA’s Mid-South Institute. Attendees from Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee have gathered to learn of updates in healthcare and how to embrace for the year ahead. Here are a couple of themes that were reinforced during the conference:

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Topics: Healthcare, Electronic Health Records, Cybersecurity, HFMA

Sep 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Where is Your Data? Why Performing a Data Inventory is Integral in the Digital Age

There’s no denying it—healthcare data has gone digital. The days of paper health records are fast disappearing, and if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have their way, we won’t be going back. CMS has built meaningful use of electronic health records into its plans for a number of years, and the healthcare industry is responding.

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Topics: Electronic Health Records, Data Security, CMS

Apr 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

What Healthcare Organizations Need to Know to Combat Cybercrime

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest risks to healthcare organizations – regardless of size. Last year, some of the largest healthcare providers fell victim to data breaches affecting over 112 million records which is almost 35% of the U.S. population.  This year, many healthcare organizations have had their data held hostage by ransomware attacks, disrupting operations and in some cases requiring payments to regain system access.

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Topics: Healthcare, Electronic Health Records, Cybersecurity

Oct 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

10 Tips to Prepare for Electronic Health Records Audits

Has your organization secured all its electronic healthcare records? If not, don’t wait to put the proper policies and procedures in place.

If you’ve already secured your EHR, then make sure that you’re ready for an audit by the Office of Civil Rights.

I wrote in my last blog that the OCR is being more aggressive in ensuring that the HIPAA regulations governing EHR security are being enforced. The OCR’s plan includes conducting audits of both healthcare organizations and their business associates, starting next year. 

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Topics: Electronic Health Records, HIPAA, Cybersecurity

Sep 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

HIPAA Enforcement of Electronic Security to Increase

Just this year, security breaches for healthcare information have been massive:

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Topics: Electronic Health Records, HIPAA, Cybersecurity

Jun 25, 2014 10:00:00 AM

3 Key Considerations for Using Data to Drive Health Care Decisions


Now that we have easier access to Electronic Health Records (EHR), it should be easier than ever to use data to find best practices and reduce variations in care that hurt patient outcomes. Right? 

In theory, that’s right. In practice, it’s a whole other ballgame. EHR is a great repository of information but it does not magically perform analytics. Also, how do you grade the usefulness of data and how and when it is collected? 

Here are 3 areas to evaluate whether the data you are accumulating can drive better health care decisions for the patient and improved processes and efficiency for hospitals and providers: 

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Topics: Data, Electronic Health Records