Friday, July 20, 2018

Enterprise Imaging Teams: Who, What, When and How?

Kyle Henson, Director of Enterprise
In past issues, PARCA eNews has touched on governance and security of enterprise imaging implementation. In this issue we look at operations. Who is involved in, and how do you run an enterprise imaging organization. Kyle Henson is Director of Enterprise Imaging for a large multi-hospital system in Texas. Kyle’s 17-year career in healthcare IT began after proudly serving as an officer in the U.S. Army. He began in the payor space before quickly transitioning to the imaging sector, where he has spent the past 15 years expanding his knowledge-base from PACS vendor, to imagining consult, to hospitals. These unique work experiences have allowed Kyle to develop a deep industry-encompassing understanding of current issues, trends and successes. His work passion is finding solutions to the industry’s problems (opportunities!) while always keeping a patient-centric focus. He recently wrote a blog post outlining his own approach to building and deploying an enterprise imaging team. PARCA eNews is reprinting his post with permission.

Healthcare data breaches often most costly

PARCA eNews – July 11, 2018 – In an annual study by the Ponemon Institute sponsored by IBM Security the average global cost of data breaches have nudged up in 2018 to $3.86 million compared to $3.62 million in 2017 but still lower than the nearly $4 million figure in 2016. But in the US the cost spiked 5 percent higher at an average of $7.91 million, or and average of about $225 per compromised record, with healthcare breaches costing an average of $408 per record nearly double the $206 per record for the financial services sector. 

MD Anderson to pay $4.3 million in penalties for HIPAA violations

PARCA eNews – June 18, 2018 – A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has ruled that The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) violated the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and granted summary judgment to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requiring MD Anderson to pay $4,348,000 in civil money penalties to OCR.

ONC outlines steps to improve EHRs for clinicians and patients

PARCA – June 19, 2018 – The transition to electronic health records (EHRs) has engendered frustration among clinicians who expected computers to make their care more efficient, and among their patients who expected timely access to their information and seamlessly coordinated care.

To address these challenges, ONC will continue to work with stakeholders and federal agencies to implement key provisions of the Cures Act. Specifically,

How GDPR applies to medical devices

PARCA eNews – July 5, 2018 – With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) going into effect last May, much of the attention has been on its impact on Internet websites and applications that gather personal information, but in terms of medical devices, while the new regulations primarily impact device makers, users of such devices also may need to know how the regulations impact their organizations.

Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) is online

PARCA eNews – July 10, 2018 – The ONC Certified Health IT Product List better known as CHPL (pronounced “chapel”) is the authoritative, comprehensive listing of health information technology (health IT) products that have been tested and certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program

The current state of interoperability

PARCA eNews – June 18, 2018 – Most data sharing is based on sharing some data fields with contextual integration or sharing view-only document summaries, said Mohannad Hammadeh, a product owner at Orion Health in Aukland New Zealand, in a provocative article on the HiMSS blog. 

California adopts European-style data privacy law

PARCA eNews – June 28, 2018 – Californians for Consumer Privacy applauded the California State Legislature for the successful passage of AB 375 (Chau, Hertzberg, Dodd), which will provide Californians with fundamental new consumer privacy rights.

We are thrilled that AB 375 has become law. This is a monumental achievement for consumers, with California leading the way in creating unprecedented consumer protections for the rest of the nation,” said Alastair Mactaggart, chairman of Californians for Consumer Privacy