The Case for a National Patient Identifier: 20 Years Later

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The intention of a national patient identifier started out as a benevolent one: under the guise of HIPAA legislation in 1996, give each patient a unique, permanently assigned number to be used across the entire national healthcare system. Obviously,...

Perception is Not Reality When It Comes to Cybersecurity

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There’s no shortage of statistics on the frequency and cost of cybersecurity attacks in healthcare. So why isn’t everyone up in arms or feeling more of a sense of urgency as hackers get more sophisticated with their methods? Healthcare provid...

It’s a Small World After All: Physician Referral Patterns

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Come on, sing it with me. Remember the Disney ride, It’s a Small World? Aside from the catchy tune and robotic dolls, the ride shows that we are really all connected. We are linked, no matter where we live or where we come from. The same can be sai...

Patient Engagement Outreach Vs Outcomes

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As the Office of National Coordinator, Health and Human Services and other government entities try to solve the interoperability and data sharing challenge, even among themselves, providers are still floundering. They are wondering which way to turn ...

The Hospital Readmissions Blame Game

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Much has been written in the news and healthcare industry recently about reducing hospital readmissions. However, the jury is still out on the source of the readmissions revolving door.  What we do know is that readmissions are one of the greate...
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