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Healthcare Companies Saw Major IT Changes in 2011

The past year has been a period of sweeping and unremitting change in the healthcare IT sector, as new technologies have taken hold at a rapid pace and revolutionized the field. According to a recent GovernmentHealthIT report, there are a few technological trends that stood out during the past year.

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Many Organizations Falling Short of HIPAA Compliance

A significant percentage of healthcare providers are currently ill-equipped to meet HIPAA standards, a trend that will likely create major problems when the Office of Civil Rights begins auditing more businesses, reported.

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Government Spending on Healthcare IT Set to Rise

While the U.S. government is working to reduce budgets and control spending in most areas, healthcare IT systems remain among the few avenues positioned for significant growth during the next few years, according to a recent Deltek study.

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IT Outsourcing Integral to Data Security

In the healthcare sector, efforts to secure data are becoming critical for operations, as the move to electronic health records and other innovative IT solutions is creating major complications.

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IT Outsourcing Can Alleviate Many Healthcare Industry Concerns

As the healthcare industry works to systematically change many of its IT policies and practices, some organizations are falling behind, InformationWeek reported. IT outsourcing to a HIPAA compliant hosting provider can resolve many of these issues by simplifying new investments and data center management.

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Compliance Among Key Cloud Security Trends for 2012

Meeting regulatory compliance standards, such as HIPAA, the PCI DSS and others, will be a key part of cloud computing security initiatives during the coming year, according to a recent InformationWeek report.

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Dealing with Mobile Devices Key for Effective Healthcare IT

CIOs in the medical sector cannot ignore the rising trend of mobile device use, as a recent ZDNet report said healthcare has been the quickest industry to adopt smartphones and tablets.

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Many Physicians Struggling with Data Sharing in Light of HIPAA

While HIPAA is filled with good intentions in terms of serving patients, it can sometimes make it so difficult for physicians to share information with one another that it hurts overall care, Renal & Urology News reported.

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Healthcare Industry Becoming More Comfortable With IT Outsourcing

Moving IT resources to a third-party site offers businesses considerable benefits. Colocation allows organizations to house their servers at a remote data center, saving them the cost of building their own power and cooling infrastructure.

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Healthcare Data Breaches Could Waste Too Many Resources

Data breaches have become a major issue in the healthcare sector as more organizations have deployed robust electronic health record systems.

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Healthcare Industry is Going Mobile

The healthcare sector is amid a period of systemic change, as the usually conservative industry is rapidly adopting new technologies in an effort to improve operational efficiency and patient care.

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Organizations Still Struggling with HIPAA Version 5010 Compliance

Despite a memorandum extending how long healthcare companies will have to adjust to the changes in HIPAA version 5010, many organizations are still not expecting to be ready for the regulatory shift.

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Breach Notification is a Key HIPAA Consideration

Medical providers investing in new healthcare IT systems are often focused heavily on the technical side of HIPAA requirements.

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Operational, IT Improvements Key to Unlocking EHR Success

For many healthcare providers, the rush to implement electronic health record systems that comply with meaningful use standards has led to usage requirements that are onerous for physicians.

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