On March 17, 2016, the CONNECT Gateway for Health Information Exchange released CONNECT 4.6 to the developer community and healthcare marketplace as a fully tested and approved eHealth Exchange Validated Product. CONNECT 4.6 includes an Audit Logging System Administration Module with a viewer that enables users to search and view audit events. These enhancements to audit logging improve usability particularly for transaction monitoring, troubleshooting and reporting and are fully compliant with NwHIN/ATNA audit message requirements for Patient Discovery (PD), Query for Documents (QD), Retrieve Documents (RD), Document Submission (DS), and SOAP/X12 services. Continue reading
Recent security breaches instigated by hackers targeting the healthcare industry, particularly health insurance providers, are focusing our attention on the range of challenges faced in the securing of confidential patient data.
Myriad security issues were recently discussed by senior healthcare security executives representing five major hospitals and the HIMSS Foundation in an industry forum, “Cybersecurity in Healthcare: The Growing Challenge of Securing Patient Data”, conducted in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2015. The panel discussion was in-depth and lively, demonstrating real-world security experience within the healthcare industry, as well as with other government agencies, the military, and private sector businesses. Continue reading
On March 27th, 2015, in the Chicago office of architecture firm, HDR, one of the recognized leaders in the field of healthcare facility design, a roundtable discussion on a broad range of healthcare design issues took place. Hosted by Metropolis Magazine, a leading architecture and design publication, architects, designers, materials manufacturers, and representatives from the American Medical Association (AMA) participated in a thoughtful discourse on an architectural design process that must facilitate the daily activities and interactions of all the users of healthcare facilities, including the impact on processes and people of new technologies such as electronic health records (EHRs). Continue reading