GeBBS Healthcare Blog

Will the Multi-Billion Dollar DoD EHR Project Produce the Intended Results?

Posted on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

By Nitin Thakor, President & CEO

Modern Healthcare magazine has reported that experts are saying the U.S. military's giant electronic health-record contract announced recently with a consortium including EHR vendor Cerner Corp. will likely have a major impact on advancing interoperability in health information technology across the entire U.S. healthcare system.

According to a July 29 briefing, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, is quoted saying, “The military's goal is to use its new system to achieve health IT interoperability with thousands of civilian healthcare partners. That's because 60% to 70% of the care provided to the 9.6 million Military Health System beneficiaries—active duty military personnel, retirees and their families—is delivered by providers in the private sector.”

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Tags: Healthcare IT Solutions / EHR

Yes, It’s Time to Encrypt PHI Data!

Posted on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Although employee negligence and lost/stolen devices continue to be major causes of data breaches, criminal attacks are now the leading cause of breaches in healthcare.

What are these cyber criminals doing to get access to the data, and what is causing the breaches in our healthcare organizations? Ponemon’s report says that 88 percent of these breaches came from phishing to get a foothold into a network. The attackers try to compromise employees who have elevated privileges that will give them access to sensitive systems and critical data.

Stronger technical controls like encryption and bio-access security devices will prevent damages from most of these attacks. These criminal are not looking for gall bladder surgery data; they are looking for financial information they can use to rob unsuspecting patients.

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Tags: Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Healthcare IT Solutions / EHR

Security Breaches Must Not Undermine Healthcare’s Movement toward Electronic Record Keeping

Posted on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 10:19 AM

For years, healthcare officials have worried out loud that privacy and security breaches could undermine public support for a federal program to accelerate the shift from paper to electronic health record (EHR) systems. But for just as long, healthcare spending on security has lagged behind security spending in other industries.

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Tags: Data Analytics, HIPAA, Healthcare IT Solutions / EHR

Security Reigns Supreme at GeBBS

Posted on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 10:53 AM

Implementing health information technology in a secure manner is an extremely important issue in the healthcare industry.  To remain effective and efficient, healthcare providers must utilize the latest information technology solutions.  These IT solutions require the electronic storage and transmission of sensitive patient data. They must be designed, implemented and maintained with advanced IT security measures to ensure proper risk management and compliance with governmental regulations. 

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Tags: Healthcare IT Solutions / EHR