By George Gray, chief technology officer and vice president of Research & Development, Ivenix, Inc.; a HIMSS Platinum Corporate Member and National Health IT Week Partner
During National Health IT Week, champions from across the industry are uniting to share their voices on how health IT is catalyzing change in U.S. healthcare. The following post from a National Health IT Week Partner is one of the many perspectives of how information and technology is transforming health in America.
Data is one of the major forces transforming the healthcare system today – no one would argue the point. Increasingly this data drives patient care, quality reporting, reimbursements, hospital process and procedures and much more. Given that, the value of healthcare data is rapidly increasing and the ability to communicate that data across the healthcare enterprise must become a high priority. So too, protecting data against breaches and loss also has truly become mission critical.
Hospitals are increasingly coming to understand that failure to capture and share certain data across systems can have significant consequences with major financial implications – for example, the inability to capture the accurate time of a billable treatment with an infusion pump can result in potential loss of reimbursement. Additionally, protecting data from cyberattacks also is quickly rising in importance. Today, budgeting to do both is not just an option. It’s essential for the economic viability of the health system.
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