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Is Your Organization Prepared for a Cyber Attack?
We live in a world of constant innovation and instant gratification. The 24-hour news cycle has been supplanted by the 140+-character scoop and this morning’s update is this evening’s old news. The pace of change and modernization for society can only be rivaled by the creativity and persistence of those that would seek to profit from the slightest vulnerabilities of the systems the world has learned to not live without. The advent of social media and smartphones have created a world where instant information is not a luxury, but a necessity. Search engines have replaced the need for actual knowledge in favor of knowing where to find what you need at a moment’s notice. And where can you find anything you need? Online, of course. In a world where information is king, the world operates with the knowledge that the next cyber attack is an inevitability.
Everything is electronic today. Most of our daily lives are online in some form or fashion. Our gadgets are increasingly connected thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT) and new ways of communicating are invented almost daily. This environment and our reliance on technology have opened a new world of possibilities for criminals and those that would take advantage of public vulnerability.
And while we hear about cyber criminality seemingly daily, what exactly constitutes a cyber attack? There are many versions and with our interconnectivity and reliance on the Internet of Things, could we all be at risk? The short answer is yes. There are many types of cyber threats – malware, botnets, denial of service, ransom-ware, man-in-the-middle – it’s an ever-expanding list that constantly challenges cybersecurity experts around the globe.
At their most basic, cyber threats are meant to do one of two things:
1. Steal your data to steal money, or
2. Disrupt your business just because they can.
EHR Trends – Usage and Adoption
The implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) has been a goal of the U.S. government for many years. The use of information technology in healthcare has amazing potential, but the process has turned out to be very slow. EHR trends indicate that, less than a decade ago, 9 out of 10 doctors in the US updated their patient’s records by hand and stored them in color-coded files. By the end of 2017, approximately 90% of physicians nationwide are now using EHRs. Overall, just under 70% of all providers have reported using an EHR. These are good numbers but shows that there is still an opportunity for the use of IT in healthcare. The infographic below outlines adoption and usage by specialty and state, meaningful use achievements, and EHR satisfaction. There is a lot of room for improvement and growth.
The statistics above, sourced from multiple locations, indicate that while users are more than satisfied with their EHR systems, the biggest areas for improvement include interoperability with medical devices, new features, and interoperability with other clinical systems. There is no doubt the continued adoption of EHR systems will help US health system evolve, however, innovation and continued advancement in technologies are needed before we see 100% adoption and usages.
The Complex ERP Lifecycle
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are complex and require proper planning and organizational buy-in for a successful implementation. When you consider the time and money that organizations invest in an ERP throughout its entire lifecycle, it is no wonder that the ERP system is intended to span more than 7 years. The steps in the ERP lifecycle are complicated. However, selecting the right system, training your employees, maintaining and enhancing the system, and continually evaluating your system’s effectiveness are vital pieces of the lifecycle that will ensure that your ERP system can accommodate rapidly changing business conditions and assist in more efficient daily operations.
While an ERP implementation can seem like a daunting process, partnering with the right consulting firm to leverage lessons learned should not be underestimated. You’ll also gain more efficient workflows and processes, which lead to better end-user adoption and measurable metrics. Optimum Healthcare IT has successfully worked with clients to assist in the successful implementation of their ERP systems. We embed seasoned ERP subject matter experts throughout your implementation processes to guide your organization to a successful implementation. Ultimately, we can help you meet your organizational goals and ROI benchmarks as an outlined part of your project’s success.
HIMSS brings together health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference. At HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, Optimum Healthcare IT is an Emerald Sponsor and has a lot of events. Download our HIMSS18 Guide infographic below and we hope to see you there!
Optimum Healthcare IT provides world-class consulting services in advisory, EHR implementation, training and activation, Community Connect, analytics, security, laboratory, ERP, and managed services – supporting our client’s needs through the continuum of care. Our excellence in service is driven by a leadership team with more than 100 years of experience in providing expert healthcare staffing and consulting solutions to all types of organizations.
Our approach is comprehensive; our experience is vast. We listen; we learn. Your success is our success.
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Formulary Management: Effects of Standardized Vs Non-Standardized
Providers, by nature, are creatures of habit. Once they’re comfortable with certain drugs or treatments, they tend to return to them whenever possible. If they’ve experienced success with a pain medication, several factors might lead them to continue to use that drug.
First and foremost, it works. They don’t want to change to other medications. They have a good relationship with the drug representative. Perhaps their kids are on the same soccer team. Whatever the reason, providers like to use medications that they are familiar with and have had success with. Unless there is a compelling reason, they are unlikely to change their prescribing habits. While this may hold true across providers, there are lots of benefits, including cost savings, from maximizing your formulary management.
Standardizing Order Sets is a driving force for standardizing the formulary. And when thinking in the context of formulary management, non-standard order sets can be costly.