Digital Recording

Cyberattack on Medical Software Shows Industry Vulnerability

By John Lauerman and Jeran Wittenstein, with assistance by Joshua Fineman and Saritha Rai for Bloomberg Technology Many doctors still can’t use a transcription service made by Nuance Communications Inc. three weeks after the company was hit by a powerful, debilitating computer attack. Hospital systems including Beth Israel Deaconess in Boston and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center…

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CDI in the Outpatient Setting: Finding the ‘Hidden Gems’ of Opportunity for Improvement

By Kay Merriweather, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, COC, CHDA, CDIP; Leslie Slater, RHIA, CCDS, CIC, CRC; and Michele Bohley, RHIA, CCS for AHIMA “If it’s not documented, it wasn’t done.” This is one of the first axioms health information management (HIM) professionals learn. HIM professionals have witnessed the evolution of quality documentation, with patient education becoming…

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Ransomware Cyber Attacks: How to Prepare & Respond

By Christine Bucci for BRITTON GALLAGHER Hackers are wielding their power across Europe by unleashing a rash of ransomware cyber attacks on companies, with the most severe hitting the Ukraine. Ransomware is a type of malware that holds your computer and data files hostage until the ransom pays the demanded amount. In the most recent European…

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Unfinished Business

By Susan Chapman for For The Record Findings from The Joint Commission show many surveyed hospitals house incomplete medical records. When so many aspects of health care revolve around quality documentation, it would be good to know that providers are accomplished medical record custodians. Depending on your perspective, the news on that front isn’t half…

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25 Quotes That Show Just How Fed Up Physicians Are With EHRs

By Max Green for Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review More than half of the physicians who bill Medicare in the U.S. are currently being penalized 1 percent of their 2015 payments as a result of the meaningful use program, according to Steven J. Stack, MD, president of the American Medical Association. “Imagine, in a world…

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The End of Meaningful Use: 6 Health IT Leaders React

By Akanksha Jayanthi and Max Green for Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review January 15, 2016 While CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt’s announcement of the end of meaningful use was met with a collective sigh of relief from the healthcare industry, questions, concerns and expectations regarding the future remain. Though frustrating, many IT leaders do…

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The Value of Unlocking Unstructured Patient Data

Written by John Smithwick for Healthcare Intelligence Network Getting patients diagnosed correctly and treated appropriately depends on providers gathering both quantitative data, which is typically structured, and qualitative data, which is typically unstructured. When comparing both types of data, it’s more challenging to manage and derive value from unstructured data. Structured data is that which…

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Dolbey Announces 100th Year Anniversary

Dolbey and Company, Inc., which began as a partner and dealer for Thomas A. Edison’s dictation machine company, proudly announces the anniversary of its 100th year in business. In 1914, John Dolbey and Thomas A. Edison shook hands on a dictation machine franchise, and ever since, Dolbey has been a leader in dictation and document…

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FTC: Medical transcription firm allowed histories to be on search engine

By Grant Gross on InfoWorld The agency announces a data-breach settlement with the California company A medical transcription company has agreed to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that its inadequate security measures allowed the personal information, including medical histories and examination notes, of thousands of people to be published on the Internet. The…

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