Precision Medicine vs Electronic Health Records

A study by KLAS Research, a health care and IT data insights company, revealed that major EHR vendors aren’t capable of handling precision medicine work in their current state. As precision medicine and technology becomes more of a standard of care, it will be on HER vendors to keep up and change as needed.

Source: Healthcare IT News

Groups Ask Congress, “End Surprise Billing”

In early December, nine groups including consumer representatives, employers and health insurers, asked Congress to establish new legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills incurred (often without their knowledge), from out-of-network providers. The Kaiser Family Foundation discovered in a poll in September that four out of 10 insured adults reported they received a surprise medical bill in the past year.

Source: Modern Healthcare

Health Care Hacking—4.4M Patient Records Breached the third quarter of 2018, Protenus, a cybersecurity software company, released a report showing there were 117 disclosed health data breaches in that time frame. Of these incidents, a large breach of 1.4 million patient records occurred due to phishing—a tactic in which emails that appear to be official are sent and employee passwords are captured. Approximately eight breaches were a result of insider error or wrongdoing, which means incidents that happen in the health care organization that are a result of unintentional human error. Read more.

Source: Healthcare Informatics

Everything You Need to Know About the Cost of Health Care

The rising cost of health care has been an important issue in the daily lives of Americans and the people who represent Americans in government. Higher premiums, co-pays, deductibles and hidden costs like drug prices, hospital consolidation, and lobbying from the medical industry have caused an increased number of families to have trouble paying medical debt. Legislative efforts to help mitigate these costs have come in the form of raised limits on Health Savings Accounts (HSA) contributions, and expanded access to short-term insurance plans.
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12 Charts Explaining Health Care Hidden Costs (Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2018)
How Americans Pay (or don’t pay) Medical Bills (Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2018)
How Expanded Access to Short-Term Insurance Could Help (, Aug. 1, 2018)

Complete Health Systems SIIA Booth Winners!

Thank you to all who came to the SIIA Conference in September—we hope you were able to stop by the Complete Health Systems booth to learn more about our services and meet some of the members of our team.
Each year at the conference, we draw attendee names and those winners receive a $50 gift card for themselves and Complete Health Systems also donates $50 to the charity of their choice. If they choose one of the charities that we support, like the ones below, Complete Health Systems will double the amount to $100 donated in the winners’ name, to the charity.
Amanda Lima #1
Meghan Jones #2
Tara Carney #3
Suan Bennett #4