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Do it right the first time when implementing an EHR

By now you’ve heard that implementing an electronic health record (EHR) early is key to success. Not only will you be able to take advantage of all federal financial incentives, you’ll also be up and running before the rush to implement likely hits in 2010 or 2011—and of course, you’ll receive all of the benefits of an EHR sooner.

Majority of firms struggle with security as new technologies are adopted

New research from the Ponemom Institute and Lumension , shows that a majority of firms are struggling to secure data as users quickly adopt new and emerging technologies such as mobile, cloud computing, and collaborative Web 2.0 technologies. The study, which surveyed IT security and IT operations practitioners, shows that many (44 percent) feel that their IT network is less secure than a year ago or that their IT security policies are insufficient in addressing the growing threats arising from the use of new technologies.

Providers lagging in IT to meet meaningful use

Most hospitals and hospital-based health care providers have their work cut out for them when it comes to meeting meaningful use requirements of EMRs, according to a new report. In the report, “The State of U.S. Hospitals Relative to Achieving Meaningful Use Measurements,” HIMSS Analytics compared the current state of hospital capabilities according to its own seven-stage EMR adoption model, which it calls EMRAM, and identified a number of implementation gaps.

Why implement an EMR now?

Physician practices that wait until next year to implement an EMR will face a high risk of failing to achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011 and 2012 federal incentives, according to Mark Leavitt, chairman of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology.

Cyber-crime through the ACH system continues to spread

If you are using an automated clearing house (ACH) system to manage your funds, then you had better be extra careful. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned ACH users – particularly small businesses – to be on the lookout for ACH system fraud, which has already scammed as much as $100 million from unsuspecting victims.

Survey Shows Poor Security Awareness Among SMBs

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and  Symantec recently released the results of a survey they did as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month to assess the awareness and preparedness of small businesses (51 or fewer employees) in countering cybersecurity threats.

An update on meaningful use

As you probably know by now, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes significant incentives for medical professionals who provide Medicare or Medicaid services and use an electronic medical record (EMR)—but to be eligible, you have to be a “meaningful user”. According to National Health IT Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, quality measures are at the heart meaingful use.

Mind Your Manners! Etiquette for the Electronic Age

From the heavyset computing devices of Charles Babbage to today’s simple novelty items, electronic devices and gadgets have become smaller, more functional, and more integrated into our daily lives. With mobile phone calls, SMS, and email we are seemingly in constant need to be in touch with other people electronically.

Apollo Health Street and gloStream Announce Partnership to Support gloStream Products

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – (Business Wire) Apollo Health Street, a provider of world-class information technology to the nation’s healthcare organizations, and gloStream, an electronic medical record and practice management software provider, today announced a new partnership in which Apollo Health Street will make its services available to gloStream’s national network of technology partners.