Healthcare

The Great Crunch: IT’s Role in Healthcare Consolidation
Josh Mayfield
The Great Crunch: IT’s Role in Healthcare Consolidation

I don’t possess the requisite wisdom and foresight of someone like Toby Cosgrove, MD and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, who predicts that by the year 2050, there will only be 50 healthcare providers in the United States. Still, when you scan the headlines, you can’t help but see a seemingly unending parade of mergers and acquisitions. Why? For starters, during the 1980s there was an explosion of group benefits...

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How HITRUST Can Help You
Josh Mayfield
How HITRUST Can Help You

According to a new study conducted by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the number of annual health data breaches increased 70% over the past seven years. That same study noted that 75% of the 132 million breached, lost, or stolen records were a result of a ‘hacking or IT incident.’ There’s no question healthcare organizations are under siege by...

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HIPAA Security Rule: Protecting Privacy and Improving Patient Care
Josh Mayfield
HIPAA Security Rule: Protecting Privacy and Improving Patient Care

In my previous post, we looked at the HIPAA Privacy Rule which mandates data protection of health information as a civil right. Boiling the rule down to its simplest form, HIPAA Privacy lays out what data requires protection and who is held accountable for keeping it confidential. However, it’s the HIPAA Security Rule that tells us how that data must be protected. Three Security Safeguard Categories The Security Rule...

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HIPAA Privacy is About More Than Just Compliance
Josh Mayfield
HIPAA Privacy is About More Than Just Compliance

Nearly every healthcare IT professional I’ve spoken to is seriously overburdened when it comes to protecting patient privacy. From annual security assessments to following breach protocols and everything in between, maintaining HIPAA compliance requires more than most IT departments are resourced to handle. Top of mind for most healthcare administrators however is the reality of non-compliance. HIPAA violations vary widely in both cost and root cause. In 2017 for...

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Econ 101: Absolute and Healthcare
Josh Mayfield
Econ 101: Absolute and Healthcare

If you’re keeping score, 2018 healthcare data breaches have passed 6.1 million so far. The Office for Civil Rights updated their ‘the wall of shame,’ last month with a new member—UnityPoint Health—when 1.4 million records were reported compromised on July 30. The investigation for PHI violations is ongoing. Yes, cybercriminals want to get their mitts on protected health information (PHI). We all know this. But PHI’s guardians—providers, payers, clearinghouses,...

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