The “Cloud” and Healthcare: Match Made in Heaven?

First, what is this “cloud” everyone keeps talking about?

The cloud is a new term for a pretty old idea.  The cloud simply refers to applications and data running in a data center that is not located on your organizations premises.  Back in the day of large mainframes, companies would offer compute cycles of their mainframes to other companies.  In the late 1990’s, ASP (Application Service Provider) was the trendy buzzword.  Later, SaaS (Software as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and hosting were all used to describe this same idea.  Today, we refer to it as the cloud.  In actuality, most people have used the cloud in their daily lives without even realizing it.  If you have or had an email account with AOL, Hotmail, GMail, Yahoo or any other email service, then you have utilized the cloud. Read more

Solving the Top 3 ICD-10 Medical Coding Challenges

Hospitals, large physician practices and other healthcare facilities are faced with major challenges with the move to ICD-10 and with new or updated EMR/EHR implementations.   While there are a variety of issues which will be faced by healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, clinicians, as well as administrative and billing staff), the individuals I think about the most in my role as a Technical Solutions Consultant for Centrinet are CIOs and Directors of IT. In my view, the top 3 challenges they face during their ICD-10 implementations are:

  1. Productivity Problems

  2. Training Issues for Medical Coders and Clinical Staff

  3. Financial and Budget Constraints

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