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.
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.
Cloud computing represents a different way to deliver computing resources than the traditional on-site IT infrastructure. While it is widely believed that “the cloud” provides a greater level of security, the infrastructure is more scalable, it allows providers and patients to be more collaborative, and it will help decrease and stabilize IT costs, the healthcare industry has been slow to adopt this computing model. What is the cloud, how does healthcare use it now and what is the future?
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.
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.
With the pace of healthcare technology, many senior living operations might feel it’s better to wait for the next big wave before surfing into investment. But when you take a look around, top providers are already speeding along and leaving stragglers behind.
If you plan on undergoing a data conversion project in the near future, you may want to take a close look at your leadership. It is a common misconception that the conversion will take care of itself while the data conversion specialist is performing the transfer. In many cases, there needs to be certain leadership in place that can answer questions quickly and effectively. A data conversion project should not be taken lightly. Believe it or not, the strength of your leadership throughout the project will greatly impact the success of the data conversion project. Here are a few things to consider.
This is the era of data. With the rise of “big data,” the arrival of the “chief data officer” and the embrace of “data driven outcomes” in the business community, it becomes increasingly clear that the ability to collect and analyze has become a business differentiator.
In recent years, healthcare companies have been moving their services into the cloud at a rapid rate. By 2020, the healthcare cloud computing market is expected to grow at a 20.5% compound annual growth rate to reach about $9.48 billion. However, this expedited growth does not come without security concerns. Recent studies have shown that of the hundreds of applications used within hospitals, 93% of the cloud services are a security threat to hospitals.
So, you’ve made the decision to outsource your organization’s IT services. The next step is to find a company to help you do this. Here are four very important things to consider when choosing a managed IT services provider: