Four Questions the New Meaningful Use Rule Answers

Posted by Robert Tennant, Executive Consultant, Strategic Advisory Group on Sep 25, 2014 8:58:00 AM

On July 21, 2014, I wrote a blog about four questions the Meaningful Use (MU) proposed rule — allowing flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014 — didn’t answer. Now that the rule is final, this blog will  address how the questions were answered.

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Topics: EHR, Meaningful Use

5 Essentials to Initiate A Population Health Management Strategy

Posted by Judith Pearlson, RN, MS, CPHQ, Executive Consultant, Strategic Advisory Group on Sep 12, 2014 2:44:00 PM

Healthcare organizations that start shifting now from a competitive fee-for-service care model to a collaborative fee-for-performance model will be prepared for inevitable reimbursement changes, according to Health & Hospitals Network Daily. Increasing evidence shows population health management will help meet improved healthcare outcomes and hospital financial goals. With improved community health indicator results as the new metric to evaluate success, determining which, why, and how populations are managed can be a Herculean task.

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Topics: Meaningful Use, HIPAA, Population Health

9 Steps to Prevent Health Data Breaches on Mobile Devices

Posted by Peter Paulli, CISA, Executive Consultant, Strategic Advisory Group on Sep 11, 2014 9:17:00 AM

While accidents keep many physicians busy, the accidental loss of their mobile devices containing patient health information (PHI) is keeping  many lawyers and HIPAA enforcers in business today.

Laptop_LockSecurity breaches are costing healthcare organizations $5.6 billion a year. Although 66% of breaches are due to device loss, an increase in criminal activity threatens healthcare organizations’ ability to protect confidential data, as well as to avoid million dollar fines and litigation. 

Constantly under siege, healthcare organizations need systematic approaches to mitigate and manage data breaches to protect patients.

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Topics: HIPAA

What Are the Core Responsibilities of an EHR Project Management Office?

Posted by Stephen Crossmon, Project Executive, Professional Services on Sep 3, 2014 8:36:00 AM

Implementing a new electronic health record (EHR) is a monumental task for any healthcare organization. These projects are expensive, with aggressive timelines and many moving parts. And most importantly, the new system typically brings significant changes for users across the organization. In short, there are a lot of things that could go wrong. 


That’s why many healthcare organizations choose to create a formal structure – or a project management office (PMO) – with the sole responsibility of ensuring the project is completed on time, on budget, and meets expectations. PMOs can vary greatly in size and sophistication depending on the scope and budget for the project. But, every PMO should assist with the same core responsibilities.

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Topics: EHR, Project Management, Epic

What Can You Do Now to Protect Your Organization from Hackers?

Posted by Peter Paulli, CISA, Executive Consultant, Strategic Advisory Group on Aug 22, 2014 4:22:00 PM

On Wednesday, the FBI issued a flash alert warning to health care organizations that they are being targeted by hackers. This alert comes shortly after Community Health Systems announced that an external group of hackers attacked its computer network and stole the non-medical data of 4.5 million patients. According to data from the Office for Civil Rights, this incident is the second largest HIPAA breach ever reported and the largest hacking-related HIPAA data breach ever reported.   Security_1_jpg

This latest alert is not the first time the FBI has been concerned about healthcare providers. In April, it warned the industry that its systems were lax compared with other sectors – making it a prime target for hackers looking to access sensitive information.

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Topics: HIPAA