Thursday, March 29, 2018

Listen: Key to leading successful transition to enterprise imaging

Paul Pierre, president of DYSIS
Paul Pierre is president and owner of DISYS Consulting an independent consulting firm that has been in business almost 25 years. Over the last 15 years, Pierre has focused primarily on Enterprise Medical Imaging. His expertise in medical imaging informatics and project management has helped healthcare clients in Canada and the US through successful major transitions in medical imaging. He started in consulting primarily in system architecture and infrastructure and focused on healthcare. He has a background in networking and infrastructure and document management. When digital imaging came along in the late 90s and early 2000s, he shifted his focus to medical imaging exclusively after that. He recently co-hosted a SIIM webinar “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” about deployment and integration of other clinical specialties into a VNA. PARCA eNews talked to him about the importance of the change-management aspects of making such a transition.

Are you a DICOM expert?

Image used by permission of DICOM Committee
This past month alone, I got three inquiries from high tech imaging companies looking for seasoned DICOM professionals; two are wanted on the east coast (Boston), two in rural Arkansas, and if you like skiing and hiking, there is a vacancy in Boulder, Colorado.

One of these positions does not even require US residency, as they are willing to sponsor a work visa for qualified applicants. 

SIIM 2018 Annual meeting to focus on collaboration

Learning from your mistakes 

PARCA eNews – March 20, 2018 – Learning from others and sharing your own experience is the theme of the SIIM 2018 annual meeting to be held May 31 to June 2 in National Harbor, MD. SIIM is a conglomerate of different members that range from Physicians, Scientists, Students, Residents, Technologists, Vendors, Consultants, IT Engineers and Developers

HiMSS 2018: IT giants jump into to the emerging healthcare IT business

Photo courtesy HiMSS Media Relations image gallery
HIMSS 2018 saw major exhibits by Amazon, Google and Microsoft, as well as other large IT-based companies all looking to stake out a share of the billion dollar healthcare IT market. The significance of that recognition is that at last healthcare IT may become a focus for innovation in terms of using information technology to improve healthcare delivery, rather than having to always adapt technology to the health IT arena.

HiMSS survey shows healthcare cybersecurity gains, but room for improvement remains

Photo courtesy HiMSS 
PARCA eNews – March 10, 2018 – The number and severity of data breaches has reduced year over year, indicating cybersecurity in healthcare is improving, but no one is breathing easier.

According to the Office of Civil Rights, healthcare organizations reported 4.5 million healthcare records compromised in 270 breaches in 2017. That is down substantially from the 16.5 million records breached in 2016 and the 113 million records reported breached in 2015.

Will FHIR replace HL7?

PARCA eNews – Mar. 20, 2018 – At the February HL7 Working Group meeting in New Orleans in February it was difficult to find people still working on HL7 version 2.X development, according to PARCA board member Herman Oosterwijk.

HIMSS Leadership and Workforce survey reveals 5 key findings

PARCA eNEWS – Mar. 10, 2018 – HiMSS released its annual survey of healthcare leaders about information and technology concerns at its annual meeting, held in Las Vegas, March 5-9.

The annual study seeks to find out the top information and technology and informatics concerns of healthcare leaders from hospitals, ambulatory organizations and Long-term and Post-Acute Care facilities, as well as vendors and consultants. 

HIPAA recommends reviewing security checklist

PARCA eNews – March 16, 2018 – HIPAA requires organizations that have access to protected health information must safeguard the security and privacy of that information. The HIPAA Journal has compiled a HIPAA Compliance checklist for 2017-2018.

The list addresses technical, physical and administrative safeguards that organizations should periodically review to ensure they remain compliant with HIPAA regulations.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Data breach: How do you recover?

NIST issues guide for quick recovery and ensuring post-breach integrity
PARCA eNews – March 19, 2018 – Preventing a cybersecurity breach is the goal of all IT security officers, but with the number, range and frequency of attacks, at some point a breach may occur. What do you do when that happens, and more importantly how quickly and completely you can recover can be critical to your organization’s ongoing operations, particularly in healthcare.