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:
Electronic health record (EHR) systems are dramatically reshaping the collection and standardization of patient medical information. Thanks to digital recordkeeping it is easier than ever before to collect, store and share patient information amongst providers and practices.
In 1996, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to help protect the use of patient information in electronic health record systems. Those same safeguards apply to data in the rapidly-evolving realm of telehealth. Read More
When working in a senior care environment, clinicians and other senior care staff may breeze by worries of elder care security. Read More
In an ideal technology environment, you wouldn’t even notice that security is working. Employees and residents would be able to access the applications and data they need, and complete whatever online tasks they like. But as with any system, technology isn’t perfect, and some gaps can come up that turn a once-secure setup into a potential threat. Read More
Data is among a senior housing operation’s most valuable assets. Data stored in a senior living facility’s system includes critical business information, records on resident health and finances, and many other pieces of information that is central to the success of the enterprise. At the same time, data faces increasing threats from outside actors who may seek to steal or compromise information. Read More
The nonprofit organization TED aims to spread great ideas in tiny, bite-sized morsels. The Internet now is home to thousands of “TED Talks,” short video segments touching on every aspect of life – and they are wildly popular. Read More