Healthcare News June 12, 2012

  • Encryptics Introduces Email Security for iPhone and iPad


    DALLAS–(May 2012)–Encryptics, a data protection company that secures digital content for the lifecycle of a document, has launched Encryptics Mobile, an extension of the Encryptics Professional solution. Encryptics asks, Is Your Data .SAFE? With Encryptics Professional and Encryptics Mobile, messages sent from an iPhone or iPad are .SAFE (dot SAFE).
    The Encryptics .SAFE technology allows data to be securely sent and received from an iPhone or iPad, wherever an Internet connection is available. Encryptics offers the most cutting-edge technology on the market. No matter what network is being used, data is secured at the device, so it remains secure in the cloud as well as after it reaches the intended recipient.
    Mobile devices are often lost or stolen. The power in their portability is also what makes them uniquely vulnerable to a data breach. It’s critical to secure sensitive information on smart devices in new ways that maintain their cross-platform communications power while fully securing every transmission. The Encryptics Mobile solution does this and more. It is easy to install and use.  Digital content never touches Encryptics servers; instead traveling directly from the author/sender to recipient(s), secured via multiple keys, digital signatures, and hardware fingerprints.
    Encryptics Chief Executive Officer, Brandon Hart, said, “Now data can be secured no matter where you are in the world, whether you’re using a smartphone or tablet. Critical information often has a time sensitive component. This means you need to be able to send and receive details with full security from anywhere, at any time, and now you can with the Mobile extension of the Encryptics Professional solution.
    “We previewed our Encryptics Mobile extension at HIMSS12 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) annual conference held in Las Vegas in February. Healthcare professionals were very excited about the ability to send their data .SAFE from anywhere. Smart devices are now part of the daily workflow in many industries where security and data protection are critical, even mandated by law. Being able to send secure data while on-the-go is becoming more important than ever.”
    About Encryptics

    Encryptics Professional is the award-winning security solution for digital communication needs.  Information is transmitted securely via .SAFE technology by Encryptics Trusted Peer-to-Peer™ platform. The sender has full control over their information through Encryptics Advanced Digital Rights Management (DRM) features, giving the power to prevent Forward, Copy, Print, and Save.  Added Features allow for Read Receipt, control over Timeline Options, even Email Recall.  Encryptics won the 2011 Best of FOSE Special Judges’ Award at the FOSE (Federal Office Systems Exposition) Show in Washington D.C. when it was introduced to the government cyber-security industry. To learn more, visit http://www.encryptics.com, call 877.454.7595, or email support@encryptics.com

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  • Enhance and Advance Health Information Technology Education with HIMSS Academic HIT Directory


    CHICAGO (May 31, 2012) – Recent government initiatives, policies and requirements are fueling a demand for healthcare information professionals who can support this reform, and work, in the American healthcare system.  HIMSS State HIT Dashboard now offers the Academic Health IT Directory, a central resource for campus-based, online and blended health IT academic programs across the country for those seeking a career in the field.

    The Academic Health IT Directory lists 395 separate institutions that provide 499 programs. Users will find the URL for the school, accreditation (CAHIIM or AMIA 10×10), program name and type (associate, undergraduate, graduate, fellowship, certificate); delivery method (online-only; blended; brick and mortar); program contact name, department, address, email; and URL for the program.

    “A strong workforce of skilled professionals in the health information technology field is a critical component for positive change in the healthcare industry,” said Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS. “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical records and health information technicians held about 172,500 jobs in 2008 (about 30 percent of jobs were in hospitals). Jobs are expected to grow by 20 percent, or about 35,100 new jobs, for the decade 2008-2018. The Academic Health IT Directory will provide a single source of health IT programs available in the US that is represented graphically to aid access and information gathering processes for aspiring health IT professionals.”

    In addition to these newest offerings, the HIMSS State HIT Dashboard currently tracks:

    • Beacon Communities: Identification of recipients including names, scope of activities and amount awarded

    • HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7: Identification of US civilian hospitals achieving HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7

    • HIMSS Chapter Information: Links and locations for HIMSS Chapters

    • HIMSS Nicholas E Davies Award Recipients: Name, location, organizational description and affiliated news releases of on awardees for excellence in the use of EHRs

    • Health Information Exchanges: Self-reported information from HIE organizations, including State-designated entities

     Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments: Payment and registration information by state

    • Medicare EHR Incentive Payments: Payment and registration information by state

    • Regional Extension Centers: Location and amount awarded by ONC for each REC

    • State Legislation Tracking: Description and referenced information on pending state legislation

    • State Resources: A repository of state-specific information, such as legislation timeframes, State HIT Coordinators, Medicaid regions, plus other State-designated and State-specific resources

    • The SHARP Program: Identification of the SHARP program recipients including contact information and scope of activities

    Visit the HIMSS Academic Health IT Dashboard on the HIMSS website.

    About HIMSS           

    HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

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  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: After Supreme Court, ‘Plan B is nothing’

    The Obama administration apparently doesn’t have much of a plan for moving forward if the Supreme Court strikes down all or part of its signature healthcare law. Although administration officials — including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — keep saying the White House will be “ready” for any ruling, they’ve declined to offer many specifics.

    A new feature in The New Yorker suggests the White House doesn’t have a plan that goes much further than criticizing the Supreme Court as activist and political.

    “The strategy is to just go on the offensive and say, ‘Look at Citizens United, look at the health-care decision, look at Bush v. Gore,” a former White House aide told the magazine. “We have an out-of-control activist court, and Romney will make it worse. That’s Plan A. Plan B is nothing.”

    The former official also poured cold water on one policy alternative to the individual mandate — forcing people to sign up for insurance when they sign up for other government services, such as food stamps. That approach seemed “less constitutional than the mandate” when it was under consideration, the former aide said.

  • Report: Simplifying office tasks could save health system $40 billion

    Streamlining administrative procedures in healthcare would save the system some $40 billion per year, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.

    The liberal-leaning think tank said major savings could come from three key areas: integrating administrative rules and systems; coordinating similar processes; and creating a new federal office designed to simplify the logistics of healthcare.

    “An aggressive agenda tackling administrative inefficiency would not only reduce unnecessary complexity and federal health expenditures but could also improve the quality of care provided,” CAP said in a summary of its research.

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