July the worst month in history for healthcare data breaches

By Rachel Popa for Becker’s ASC Review There were 50 healthcare data breaches reported to the HHS Office for Civil Rights in July, more than any other month on record, according to HIPAA Journal. The HHS started tracking healthcare data breaches in 2009. More records have been breached in 2019 than 2016, 2017 and 2018…

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How the CIO role will evolve in healthcare

Laura Dyrda for Becker’s Hospital Review Five health IT and innovation leaders examine how their roles are changing and where they think technology leaders will focus in the future. Peter Marks, PhD. Vice President and CIO of WakeMed (Raleigh, N.C.): The promise of technology in healthcare comes in the opportunity to use data information to…

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Hospitals are learning from industry how to cut medical errors

By the Economist AFTER a brain aneurysm in 2004, Mary McClinton was admitted to Virginia Mason Medical Centre in Seattle. Preparing for an x-ray, the 69-year-old was injected not, as she should have been, with a dye that highlights blood vessels, but with chlorhexidine, an antiseptic. Both are colourless liquids. The dye is harmless; the…

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Physical violence more common in healthcare facilities than hacking and cyber attacks, survey shows

Jeff Lagasse for Healthcare Finance Almost a quarter of healthcare security directors at hospitals think their facilities are unprepared for incidents involving a shooter. More than twice as many hospitals have experienced physical violence incidents as compared to hacking and cyberattacks, according to a research study among top security directors at healthcare facilities. The report shows 47…

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In Outpatient CDI, Timing is Everything

Article by Susan Richards Morgan, CCS, CPHQ, CPC, CDEO, CRC, CPMA, CEMC, CPC-I. This article was originally published on the A Journal of AHIMA Blog on April 25, 2018 and is republished here with permission. Currently, most clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs have been developed inside hospitals with an inpatient focus. Medicare generally expects an inpatient admission to need two…

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