There’s often a buzz of recap news stories at the end of each year followed by a flurry of predictions posts for the coming new year. We’ve done this before in a few different ways at Catalyze. The prediction posts are usually specific and often wrong in that specificity. For 2017 I’m going to do things differently.
A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. - Dalai Lama
HHS released it’s official Guidance on HIPAA & Cloud Computing last month. The guidance answers some lingering questions that people seem to ask. In some ways, it’s HHS playing catchup to the industry. The cloud, while still early in terms of adoption in healthcare, is already heavily used for creating,..
Almost 3 years ago I wrote about Big Data in healthcare for HIStalk. At the time I covered many of types of healthcare data that are not a part of the EHR but hold tremendous value to clinicians, patients, and data scientists. I haven’t changed the fundamental thesis that the EHR represents only one set of healthcare data, which, while large and currently the primary source of data for healthcare..
Recently, I was surprised to see a handful of online posts from vendors and consultants about HITRUST, voicing opinions that don’t quite match up with my understanding and experiences. The questions raised and inaccurate claims made showed me that there’s still a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about HITRUST. As a longtime user and supporter — as well as a member of the HITRUST..
We completed our initial HITRUST assessment about three years ago. The process of working with the HITRUST CSF, our 3rd party HITRUST approved auditors, and HITRUST as a certifying body had a steep learning curve; we’ve since completed additional HITRUST assessments and extended our HITRUST CSF Validated Assessment to include additional service providers and certify product and organizational..
HITRUST: A Primer
HITRUST is an industry-driven organization with a mission to create a standardized and certifiable security and compliance framework for the healthcare industry. It was founded by and is still governed by representatives from covered entities included Unitedhealthcare, Anthem, and Highmark. The framework created by HITRUST, called the Common Security Framework (CSF), is an..
Today Catalyze completed a Series B round of financing, raising $6.5MM and bringing our total amount raised to $12.5MM. We're thrilled to have new investor Lewis & Clark Ventures lead the round, and equally excited our existing investors—Arthur Ventures, Baird Capital, and Chicago Ventures—participated in the round and continue to view Catalyze as the organization they believed we would become..
HIT vendors develop and offer services for a variety of applications, such as health records and e-prescribing, among others. Vendors typically specialize in serving certain size physician practices and their products are often licensed by the physician or user. The overall adoption of these technologies is influenced by both the total market share of care organizations and the level of..
Obviously, money is an important resource for EHR projects. No project results in success without the necessary financial resources. Despite all moderate estimates, conventional projections and supplemental buffers, most EHR projects are forecasted to go beyond scope. The most common causes for budget overruns usually go something like “I forgot to consider this,” “I did not expect it to be this..
Healthcare providers are facing increasingly severe economic and social pressures that ultimately affect their service budgets and the ability to deliver on quality services. As with all businesses, providers must also overcome the tremendous pressures of industry competition. In an age where thriving is equivalent to surviving, an attractive approach for the healthcare industry is outsourcing...