Let’s start in the back office where you undoubtedly keep a lot of documentation for your employees, well now you can keep that all digitally, in HealthWare. Like the Patient EMR/Document Management you can import images, files, just about anything in digital format, date it, categorize it and store it in HealthWare.
Like comparing Apples and Oranges:
What is most important and what are the limitations?
In our studies with different field Point Of Care systems (POC) , we see three different and distinct systems.
1st: One that is a paper form only. It may be on a tablet or computer, and it may be a “fillable” pdf, however, it is simply a tablet version of a paper form.
All healthcare providers will want to make sure that these fixes are applied to all systems as soon as possible as the vulnerabilities will soon be disclosed and could start being used at any time by attackers to try and gain access to your systems and devices.
Microsoft considered this vulnerability so serious that they are issuing and out of band update to as the official fix. For Windows 10 this will be KB4056892.
“We're aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers. We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and have also released security updates to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, ARM, and AMD. We have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities had been used to attack our customers.”
At this time Windows 7 and 8 users can manually download and install the update or they can wait until patch Tuesday to receive it automatically via Windows Update.
Researchers disclosed that almost all modern processors are affected by two exploits, called Meltdown and Spectre. These two exploits can be used by attackers to gain access to things such as passwords, emails and other sensitive information.
Patches are also available for other operating systems including Linux, MacOS and more. You should check with your vendor to find out how to get and apply the necessary updates to your systems.
Being in the healthcare field means your agency needs to pay attention to threats such as this and make sure that mitigation steps are taken in a timely fashion. Of course, your agency should always follow good security practices to protect against malware and these measures can often also help protect against new exploits until updates can be applied.
Value Based Purchasing
The highest performing HHAs will receive an increase in reimbursement payments. The lowest performing agencies will see their payments reduced. Payers other than Medicare have also begun to use quality data in reimbursement calculations.
The subset of measures for VBP has two categories: outcomes and value based aggregates. Outcomes must show improvement while aggregates receive points just for reporting.
Our Quality Measures Dashboards includes what an agency needs to identify shortcomings with VBP measures, evaluate its Star Ratings against the competition, and measure its progress for improvement.