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Learning Objectives 1B3. Identify technology trends affecting healthcare IT Growth of Consumer Technology A Patient Portal App is given to you by your provider By 2015, nearly 80% of American households had both a computer, and internet service. Similarly, 86% of adult Americans also own a smartphone. It would be just a matter of time before regular folks decide to put the connectivity and computing power in their mobile devices and personal computers to work…

Learning Objective 1B2. Articulate characteristics of the information and communication technologies (e.g., infrastructure,servers,web services,storage) that support the healthcare environment The term "n00b", is a computer-geek term for newbie, or someone without much knowledge of IT. The fastest way to look like a n00b is to not understand cloud-based and local computing models. Locally Installed Apps

Learning Objective 1B2. Articulate characteristics of the information and communication technologies (e.g., infrastructure,servers,web services,storage) that support the healthcare environment. Software Software is the term for the set of instructions that a computer uses to do some task. Writing the instructions for software (also called ‘programs’ or simply ‘code’) is called programming. Nearly everything that a digital device does is performed by executing software. For example: Software converts mouse movements to cursor movements on your…

Is Healthcare Data Different? My calculations prove Data is Data Sometimes it feels like everyone is whining that healthcare data is difficult to work with. Everyone except for engineer-trained computer scientists that say "data is data...". These folks don't think it is any more difficult to work with, they just say "data is data".  Which

The HIPAA Privacy Rule  describes patient rights and protections pertaining to healthcare information.  The Privacy Rule applies to all forms of protected health information(PHI): verbal, written, electronic, and pantomime(not tested in court).  However, note that the Privacy Rule only applies to persons and organizations that meet the definition of a Covered Entity or Business Associate. To meet the definition of Protected Health Information(PHI), there must be: An individual’s identifier, also known as PHI, and Any kind of information pertaining to…

What is a ‘Data Standard’? Data standards are authority-backed,  shared protocols, definitions, and formats that help to ensure efficient and accurate information exchange. Standards are a critical component of interoperability, which is the useful exchange of information between systems.  Put simply, standards help computers talk to each other, understand each others’ words, form complete sentences for meaning, and keep the conversation private.  For convenience, we classify health data standards as one (or more) of types:1 Check out common terminology standards Terminology Standards define data elements. Medical…

Good information is the foundation of healthcare.  Data measures quality, revenue, and efficiency. Data informs providers and patients on diagnosis and treatments.  Accrediting authorities and regulators use data to ensure compliance. Data comes from many internal and external sources. Knowing where the data you use comes from helps you find it faster and understand how best to use it.   In this lesson we will learn where health data comes from, and how it it got…

[h5p id=”3″] Pre-Computing Era Practitioners of the healing arts have documented care for various purposes for thousands of years.  For example, the 3,500 year-old Ebers Papyrus contains herbs and recipes for the healers of that time. However, paper based records have several challenges as a medium to store medical data. These are still true today: Paper records are not easily shared, and can only be used by one person at a time. Paper tales up a lot of space and it doesn’t scale easily. This…

HIPAA Also known as the Kassebaum–Kennedy Act, the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act, the “Act To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1996 to improve portability and continuity of health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets, to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in health insurance and health care delivery, to promote the use of medical savings accounts, to improve access to long-term care services and coverage, to simplify the administration of health insurance, and for other…