From the Desk of Matt Fisher – ICYMI
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Relief from HIPAA: When, If Ever, Is It Necessary
The seemingly non-stop move from one natural disaster or health emergency to another places a significant strain on the healthcare system. Providers either cannot reach a facility, whether hospital or otherwise, or patients overwhelm a particular facility. Additionally, patients from other locations may be swept up in an event and brought into the healthcare setting well away from their home. At such a time providers and healthcare facilities should be focused solely on providing care and doing everything possible to reduce or mitigate harm. HIPAA should not enter into conscious thought or be used as an excuse or barrier to keeping individuals or family members up to date on what is happening. While that is the ideal scenario, the reality is often far different. Continue reading on HITECH Answers.
Text or Email: Does it Fit in Healthcare?
Communication by text or email is a part of daily life. Such forms of communication occur non-stop and through a variety of means whether it be Gmail, WhatsApp, iMessage, or any other number of services. However, the question that arises just as frequently is whether texting and/or email are appropriate in healthcare. The simple answer is yes, texting and email fit very well into healthcare and are very much permissible. However, staying at the level of the simple answer is not sufficient. It is necessary to dive deeper and determine just how text and email communication can be done. Continue reading on HITECH Answers.
The Great Digital Hope or Just Hype
Healthcare has become the proverbial shiny object to many technology companies, both within and without of Silicon Valley. The technology companies seem to view healthcare as a great, untapped wilderness that is flush with potential profits. However, the rush into and promise of healthcare is never quite so simple. Companies such as Amazon and Apple generate a ton of press, whether sought out or created on the outside, because these companies are viewed as having solved so many technology and interaction issues. Continue reading on HITECH Answers.