Recent news of fines for HIPAA violations are shining a spotlight on the need for providers to secure protected health information (PHI) with tools that support modern security. On October 18, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced that St. Joseph Health (SJH) will pay $2.14 million fine for HIPAA violation. The provenance of this violation offers an important lesson for all providers who want to mitigate their risk.
Telehealth Services Expected to Grow to $1 Billion by End of 2017
Recent data from the American Telehealth Association shows radiology leading the use of telehealth for patient care. About 20 million Americans benefitted by receiving care via telehealth and in 8 million of those cases the care was from radiology. In comparison, 1.9 million were cardiac monitoring cases, 750,000 were online primary care or urgent care sessions, 650,000 were neurophysiological monitoring cases and another 500,000 were mental health sessions.
Digital patient imaging is in the midst of a sea of change. First, the use of digital patient imaging is expanding outside radiology into other clinical departments such as dermatology, ophthalmology, pathology and more, expanding both the modalities and numbers of images. At the same time, value-based care, cost pressures and adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) has increased the need to share patient images outside radiology. As these two trends rapidly advance, hospitals and health systems need to manage patient images across the enterprise, which requires new strategies and technologies.