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Cybersecurity Must be a Priority for Everyone

By Chantal Worzala
December 4, 2017

Our hospital caregivers battle viruses every day – and that includes keeping safe from malicious malware viruses attacking hospital computers, networks and connected devices.

We are moving deeper and deeper into the digital age. Indeed, Cyber Monday showed us to what extent our lives have become increasingly digital. 

As we witnessed during last summer’s global ransomware attack, we live in a world where cyber criminals can infiltrate critical hospital and health system... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Cybersecurity

Let's Do This

By Chantal Worzala
February 11, 2015

When it comes to transitioning to ICD-10, our message is clear:  Hospitals are ready.  Let’s do this.  According to a new survey of hospitals, more than 90% of hospitals said they were moderately to very confident of meeting the transition deadline of Oct. 1, 2015. Even small hospitals, such as CAHs, are ready – 85% expressed confidence in their ability to use the system by the deadline. Hospitals also have a strong commitment to working with their physicians, coders and vendors to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: ICD-10, advocacy, coding

CMS's intent to modify Meaningful Use requirements is good news for hospitals

By Chantal Worzala
January 29, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced that it will explore possible changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program in rulemaking this spring. This is welcome news for hospitals as it would promise much needed flexibility in the meaningful use program. Given that we are well into fiscal year 2015, it’s crucial that CMS release the final rule as quickly as possible.

The hospital field has been working hard to meet the many requirements of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

A Mission to Promote Health Also Means Promoting Safety

By Chantal Worzala
October 8, 2014

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but protecting hospital and health system information from cyberattack is a year-round, 24-7 responsibility.  That’s why hospital leaders take cybersecurity threats seriously.

We know hospitals are implementing important cybersecurity measures such as encrypting networks and workstations. Many hospitals conduct an annual threat assessment and work to identify vulnerabilities through extensive penetration testing.  These efforts... read more

Tag: Cybersecurity

A Plea for Flexibility: A Meaningful Use Update

By Chantal Worzala
October 1, 2014

Today marks the beginning of penalties for hospitals that failed to meet meaningful use benchmarks. The program, aimed to drive adoption of electronic health records, holds promise and important benefits for patients, hospitals and the health care system. Today some hospitals will have a reckoning. Looking back, it’s obvious that many hospitals and physicians face obstacles such as lack of vendor readiness or even CMS website failure. The New York Times recently pointed out how... read more

Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records
 

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