Physician leadership: Why it matters?

Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” I wouldn’t have known what he meant right out of residency, thrust into my first “leadership” role. What does it mean after all to be a leader in medicine? Many, like me, were considered a team leader by default, simply because of a […]

Can technology help with physician wellness?

Physician wellness – the idea of physicians being taken care of – is not a new concept; however in this new era of medicine, it may mean something different. Is it possible that technology could represent a physician wellness tool? Take for example the idea that a solo physician is able to connect with peers […]

Making money with your mobile app

Today, over 50% of physicians across the country are employed – either by a hospital or practice group. Those who wish to remain independent are now joining associations to help negotiate better payer reimbursements or lower costs for certain services. Many independent practices find that they do not have the capital to add EHRs and […]

The changing world of physician communication in the face of HIPAA and HITECH

Physician-to-Physician Communication With the number of serious medical errors on the rise due to miscommunication among health care providers, it is shocking that there has been little meaningful change in this area in the past decade. There have been many efforts recently that aim to effectively lower medical costs for patients, but few that would […]

Protecting healthcare data on Android devices

With more health professionals using smartphones and tablets in their work, the security of these devices is of utmost importance in order to prevent data breaches. HealthIT.gov recently published suggestions to improve security of iOS devices in clinical practices. But what of those professionals using Android rather than iOS? The concepts are largely the same, but there […]

Healthcare technology solutions that keep doctors at the center

As the climate of healthcare changes and the entire system is over-hauled to reduce costs and increase access, the humanity of medicine is at risk. Regulations and new standards, aimed at normalizing care delivery, seems to stifle that which was sacred not too long ago. As we are forced to adapt to keyboards and a […]

Your App Can Make A Difference, But Is It Secure?

As physicians, we know that seconds really do make a difference in patient care, but the legal line can easily be blurred between providing the fastest emergency communication and keeping protected health information secure. There is no question mobile apps can make a difference in helping doctors speed up communication around diagnosis and treatment plans […]

Answering Service HIPAA-Compliant?

As doctors, we are constantly looking for ways to work more efficiently without compromising patient care. One way we do this is to increasingly rely on our mobile devices, but we have to be careful we don’t accidentally violate HIPAA/HITECH privacy and security rules. Here’s a potential trap physicians may fall into. Receiving text messages […]

Report a lost or stolen device with ePHI

Physicians have a lot to lose if they don’t take the time to get up to speed on how to comply with the latest HIPAA/HITECH privacy and security rules. Here’s a violation physicians may not even be aware of, but that could cost them. Not reporting a lost or stolen device that contains PHI. Losing […]