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5 Key Facts About Disaster Recovery for EHRs

by Kari Walgran on Apr 20, 2017 4:27:22 PM

Before a crisis strikes, healthcare IT professionals must be ready for EHR disruptions due to disasters.

HIPAA requires all healthcare providers to develop contingency plans for disaster recovery, including data backup and emergency operations. With electronic health records (EHRs) at the center of patient care, access to patient medical data is absolutely critical. Read on to learn more about disaster preparedness, EHR disruptions, and how healthcare IT professionals can be informed and ready before a crisis strikes.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Cloud Computing, EHR, Disaster Recovery

3 Reasons Why Electronic Health Records Belong in the Cloud

by Kari Walgran on Apr 11, 2017 8:41:57 AM

With cloud computing, medical facilities have compelling reasons to change how electronic health records are kept.


Cloud computing has transformed a number of industries, and healthcare is no exception. Medical facilities of all types have introduced cloud-based electronic health records (EHRs) as a way to reduce costs, secure data, and streamline operations. Read on to learn more about the implementation of cloud-based EHRs.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Cloud Computing, EHR

Shared Decision Making Puts a New Spin on Patient Data

by Kari Walgran on Mar 24, 2017 3:19:05 PM

A guide to resources about decision aids, data, and health care IT to enhance shared decision making and patient engagement.

Patient-generated data is a hot topic in healthcare. Clinicians and researchers are recognizing the value of the growing pool of data provided by electronic medical records, wearable medical devices, and patient-communication platforms. All of this information comes from patients, but what happens when data is given to patients? When health data meets patient engagement, shared decision making can flourish.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Health IT, Shared Decision Making, Patient Data

Great Potential for Predictive Analytics in Healthcare Staffing

by Kari Walgran on Mar 9, 2017 2:45:54 PM

5 companies using big data to empower recruiting and address human resources challenges in healthcare

Big data, it seems, is everywhere, and continues to get bigger every day. Harnessing the ever-growing body of information is tricky, and predictive analytics—the practice of analyzing data to identify patterns and forecast future outcomes or trends—is one way of creating usable, actionable order out of data-based chaos.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Regulatory Trends, Life Science Regulatory

The Risks of Health Wearables

by Kari Walgran on Feb 21, 2017 9:10:15 PM

5 Key Points from a Study on Wearable Technology Privacy and Security Concerns

As wearable devices and the Internet of Things continue to gain popularity, health-related devices and applications are becoming increasingly widespread. From fitness trackers to medication monitors, personal use to doctor-patient communication, consumer wearables present endless opportunities for innovation, growth, and data collection. As a new study shows, digital health can have a dark side, and health wearables create important security and privacy risks that need to be addressed. Read on to learn about the report and its key recommendations.

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Topics: Healthcare Trends, Health IT, Wearable Technology, IT Security

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