Our country’s ever-evolving healthcare landscape makes the future very unpredictable. Changes are occurring everywhere – regulation and legislation, reimbursement, technology, medical advances, and even the way healthcare is accessed and consumed. These changes impact how healthcare is delivered, paid for and administered. As such, it is imperative that Konica Minolta take an active role in understanding the industry and provide healthcare solutions in order to help our customers prepare for a future that will look very different than it does today. (more…)
As the old adage goes: Don’t take a good thing for granted.
How often do we do this in our personal and professional lives? Probably more than we’d like to admit. So when that good thing comes along, recognize it, take pride in it and promote it. That’s precisely what we’re doing with our interoperability capabilities as they grow and become more relevant for more of our healthcare customers. (more…)
With another HIMSS Conference behind us, it is a great time to reflect on how the healthcare industry, and healthcare IT in particular, has evolved over the years. In my experience in this industry – approximately 18 years in the healthcare IT business – things have changed dramatically. My earliest memory of the HIMSS Conference from late nineties was its focus on HIPAA. And with the passage of the legislation in 1996, administrative simplification, and implementing the ability to electronically submit claims for payment in a standardized HIPAA-compliant format, was the key messaging at the event. Today, most of us think of security when hearing the word HIPAA, but in the early stages of the legislation it was really more about improving the process of claim submission and payment, and moving away from paper claims. (more…)
Healthcare is one of the most dynamic and rapidly evolving industries in the United States. The adoption of technology is growing exponentially and the investment in healthcare IT is outpacing nearly every other vertical market. 2016 promises to continue this trend, with security, interoperability and reimbursement leading the way as key healthcare challenges. Cloud, mobile, data analytics and HIPAA compliance will significantly impact purchase decisions as healthcare providers attempt to improve population health, enhance the individual experience of care and reduce the per capita cost of care (otherwise known as the Triple Aim of Care). (more…)
Identity theft has become epidemic in the United States — and across the world for that matter. It seems as if we hear about major breaches of personal data on a weekly basis, and now healthcare data breaches are becoming more and more prevalent. Nearly 42 million people have had their protected health information (PHI) breached since 2009.
Over the past couple of years, a number of organizations, including Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Community Health Systems (CHS) and Xerox Healthcare, have experienced massive PHI breaches. The Anthem breach affected nearly 80 million records. A breach at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission put the state out of HIPAA compliance. And finally, CHS had 4.5 million patient records stolen by cyber criminals.
Healthcare is a dynamic industry, and the pace of change relative to regulation, reimbursement and technology is rapid. The topic of interoperability – the ability to exchange patient information between disparate systems such as a doctor’s office, a hospital and a rehabilitation center – has been top of mind over the past couple of years. (more…)
At the HIMSS Annual Conference in Orlando I spoke with many customers – physicians, hospital administrators, ancillary care providers, and IT professionals. Konica Minolta has always provided printing solutions to the healthcare industry, and while many HIMSS attendees know about us for reliable office and production print equipment, this was an opportunity for them to see our expanded EnvisionIT Healthcare portfolio.
Since HIPAA went into effect, we have grown our healthcare offering to include industry specific software, IT services and professional services. Today, we offer customers a complete solution of hardware, software and services that address the specific challenges in the healthcare industry such as security, document and records management, efficiency and regulatory compliance. (more…)
Imagine a family practice office on a Monday morning with every seat in the waiting room full, and three people waiting at the check-in window. Contrast that to an Emergency Room at a community hospital on a Friday night with 40-50 patients waiting to be admitted. Each scenario is very different, but they have a few things in common – busy staff, anxious patients, and a challenging document workflow. Add to that the necessity to correctly and quickly capture patient information and clinical notes in order to satisfy billing requirements and regulatory compliance while maintaining the privacy and security of the patient.
These are typical situations in today’s healthcare environment and are complicated by the fact that electronic health records (EHR) are changing the way clinicians do business. Perhaps the biggest challenge for a healthcare provider is how to capture all of the paper documents associated with a patient visit or encounter. (more…)