Senior living cybersecurity is of growing importance in the industry. There are outside attacks; breaches due to poorly formulated policy; and data loss due to equipment failure, negligence, or insider threats. These and a wide variety of other factors have contributed to a new landscape of concern. As a result, cybersecurity is at the heart of a senior living facility’s success. Unfortunately, senior housing is woefully unprepared to address these cybersecurity threats. A strong security apparatus will require each employee to play a role. No longer just a function IT, cybersecurity is an important component of each employee’s job. What role do you play?
Although it’s impossible to predict the future of any industry, there are definitely some shifts in health IT that are worth watching, and these important trends are likely to affect your technology roadmap going forward.
Accounting for these events as you plan your healthcare technology roadmap could help you implement a system and strategy that’s more robust and scalable. Here are some trends to include: Read More
For a long time, senior housing communities have relied on traditional nurse call systems because these generally represented the best technology available. Now, that technology has been superseded. Just as with smartphones, Internet-enabled televisions, and even smart toasters, a better way of doing things has come along.
Navigating the shifting and potentially financially risky waters of infrastructure isn’t easy, especially from a high-level executive position.The risk comes by way of the technological complexity of necessary IT requirements and that healthcare executives (understandably) are not always educated or skilled in managing information technology.
In coming years, one of the most complicated business drivers for senior housing executives to address will be information technology. This has been a slow-adopter industry—perhaps with good reason. Providers focus on people, with technology often taking a back seat to the pressures of providing daily care.
Clinical integration represents the collaboration between doctors and hospitals to use proven protocols and measures, in order to improve patient care, decrease cost, and demonstrate value. Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the rise of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other value-based care organizations, Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs) have been increasingly more prevalent. The proposed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) rules have provided another push for health networks to maintain and grow their clinical integration efforts and work in greater collaboration with doctors and medical practices and to structure future acquisitions around their clinical goals.
Senior living is evolving into a highly technical and heavily regulated industry. As baby boomers retire, and the industry continues to grow, it has become apparent that a locked cabinet for patient files is not longer enough to protect Personal Health Information (PHI). Traditionally, it was believed that senior living was at lesser risk of a cybersecurity attack. However, recent years have shown that it is a primary target, and the senior living industry is not prepared to combat an attack. When a community faces a large security breach or challenge, not only is there a risk to reputation and patient trust, but also a risk of heavy government fines. Here are 4 security challenges facing senior living communities today:
Healthcare has evolved into a highly technical and heavily regulated industry. No longer is a locked cabinet for patient files enough to protect Personal Health Information (PHI). While healthcare has traditionally been seen to have a lesser risk of attack, in recent years, it has proven to be a primary target. When an organization faces a large security breach or challenge, not only is there a risk to reputation and patient trust, but also risk of heavy government fines. Here are 4 security challenges facing healthcare organizations today: