A recent Provider Magazine article, “HIPAA Remains a Concern With Rise of Voice Assistants Like Alexa,” suggests healthcare organizations subject to HIPAA rules should “proceed with caution” when transmitting and receiving protected health information via voice assistants such as Alexa. It further warns that operators must know where HIPAA protected information is being sent and have trusted in partners to know whether that provider has authorization to use the information.
“There is a quagmire of what information has to be protected,” stated Steven Chies, lead consultant, Care Paradigms, and president, North Cities Health Care. “Clearly, if the provider is a skilled nursing facility, then the information is bound by HIPAA and you must keep the information private and confidential.”
With the HHS Office of Civil Rights increasing its focus on enforcement, providers need to take charge of privacy and security programs. Take a minute to find out where you stand with our simple 13-question quiz.
Or, if you're ready to look at HIPAA compliance strategies, request a consult with Prime Care Tech or one of our qualified partners.
A recent article, Intermountain Healthcare expands home care services using technology, illustrates the power of technology to help patients stay more comfortable in their home surroundings, while keeping them connected with caregivers.
Intermountain Healthcare Providers is leveraging remote monitoring, telemedicine and virtual visits to provide primary care, palliative care and some traditional hospital-level services to their patients.
As providers seek to prevent or reduce readmission rates and improve quality, telehealth and remote patient monitoring are among the most approachable forms of technology to address these needs.
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In McKnight's "Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze on Five Star Staffing," Cheryl Field, Chief Product Officer, voices concerns over increased emphasis on RN staffing, where providers who have four or more occurrences in a quarter with less than 8 hours of RN coverage will automatically be set to a 1 star in staffing, and subsequently lose a star overall in their Five Star Quality Rating.
"Here is my concern as a 30 year RN: we don’t have enough RNs anywhere to meet the new standards. Does this mean more weekend rotations? More contract RN use? More overtime dollars placed on an already resource-starved industry? Is this really the time for CMS to put more squeeze on SNFs? Or will we simply drive more providers from the space?"
Since SNFs can't change CMS dictates, Field suggests that providers look closely at technology to help identify vulnerabilities in their schedule, and she provides other great tips, as well.
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