The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule requires that covered entities conduct a risk assessment of their healthcare organization. A risk assessment helps healthcare organizations ensure they are compliant with HIPAA’s administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. A risk assessment also helps reveal areas where protected health information (PHI) could be at risk.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule requires that covered entities to conduct a risk assessment annually to identify risks and vulnerabilities to electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI).
As with anything, there is misinformation about the HIPAA Security Rule and the required risk assessment. The following is are the top 10 myths of Security Risk Assessments. Read More
“As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring.” As fall numbers continue to climb, each year, 2.8 million older people are treated in emergency departments and approximately 800,000 older people are hospitalized for fall injuries. Adjusted for inflation, the direct medical costs for fall injuries are $31 billion annually. Hospital costs account for two-thirds of the total.
The convenience of digital technology offers a wide array of benefits and risks. Technology has opened many doors for senior living providers to advance care, reduce costs and improve their residents’ experience. However, when left unprotected, technology has also opened the door to new risks.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement describes patient engagement as “actions that people take for their health and to benefit from care.” Patient engagement by its nature allows patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers to make more informed decisions and adopt behaviors that facilitate improved health outcomes.
Infrastructure that includes the right hardware, software, network, and people to run the IT will prove essential to gaining resident satisfaction. The right infrastructure will:
Although cloud computing helps support healthcare trends and improve patient care, many healthcare organizations have maintained a deep-rooted aversion to its use, often citing security and privacy concerns. In recent years, regulations have been pushing the industry toward storage, collaboration, and accessibility. As a result, the cloud has become an even more attractive solution, since it is often safer and more versatile than on-premise options. Furthermore, health information exchanges are contributing to the need for interconnected medical record systems to ensure easy access to patient data. As a result, cloud adoption in healthcare is beginning to grow.
Passive remote monitoring systems are game-changers when it comes to the safety and health of residents. These systems are built around discrete, often environmentally embedded sensors (typically motion, depth, and pressure sensors) that are connected to a powerful computer system that can detect falls, illnesses, and other emergencies. Read More