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HealthWare OASIS Scrubbing and Analysis

9/26/2017 HealthWare Other 1 Comments

More Than Just Scrubbing

HealthWare offers a more comprehensive OASIS Scrubbing and Analysis in real-time with the results returned within seconds. Now you can gain insight into your OASIS while you are working on it simply by submitting the OASIS data to our cloud based services.

RealTimeDA

Early analysis of all your OASIS assessments allows you to find and correct inconsistencies before submitting the data to CMS. Use the analysis as a part of the QA process to see how individual clinicians are performing and use the information as a teaching tool.

Benefits

  • Saves you time by automating the review process
  • Decrease misunderstood communications with improved documentation consistency and accuracy
  • Improve understanding and accuracy by using it as teaching tool
  • Help you optimize reimbursement through submission of proper OASIS
  • Improve patient quality of care and as a result your outcomes and patient satisfaction

Look Back

HealthWare’s OASIS Scrubbing and Analysis doesn’t just look at the current assessment, it looks back over time to previous assessments to make sure that the answers on subsequent assessments is consistent with previous answers.

OASIS Scrubbing and Analysis can also be used in conjunction with our Quality Measures Analysis Services to provide even more insight into your data. Use this service for your QAPI program for Conditions of Participation (CoP’s) compliance, benchmarking to help you understand where you stand relative to the competition for Star Ratings and Value Based Purchasing (VBP).

Crowd Sourced

We include a unique feature that allows users to provide us input on the rules and features you would like to see added to our analysis. While viewing the document you can click on “Suggest a Rule” and provide your input on rules you would like to see. Once approved by our Clinical Council of top QA clinicians from agencies around the country, we add it to our analysis immediately through our cloud based services.

Are Your Information Systems Up to Date? Failure to Update Systems Leads to Massive Equifax Breach

9/18/2017 HealthWare Other 1 Comments

Today’s post continues to enforce how important it is to keep your systems fully up to date. It has now been uncovered that the massive data breach at Equifax that exposed confidential data for over 140 million people was accomplished by exploiting a vulnerability that had a patch available for more than two months at the time of the breach. In fact, it was fixed on March 6th. On March 9th it was known and revealed that the vulnerability was under widespread attack by hackers. Unfortunately, Equifax did not heed apply the patch or heed the warning that the exploit was under active attack.

Vulnerabilities and the details of them are often fully explained and documented by the various security companies that search for vulnerabilities very close to the day that a patch is released for it. Some vendors, such as Google, with their Project Zero, only gives vendors 90 days to release patches for reported vulnerabilities before their details are made public. This means they may even release the details, including proof of concept code to exploit the vulnerability, before a patch is available. If it wasn’t bad enough there was a vulnerability that some hackers likely knew about in the first place, now the whole world knows and any hacker can start to work attacking systems.

Software Updates

This fact underscores the importance of keeping your systems up to date and in an extremely timely manner. It is very likely in many cases that some hacker groups are aware of a vulnerability before a security firm discovers it and reports it to the vendor. After all, that is what they do, look for vulnerability so that they can take advantage of them. So, this means that even before the vendor knows someone is probably already using the vulnerability. Once a vulnerability is reported to a vendor they usually work quickly to create an update that will “plug the hole”. That vendor then releases the update and if a system is enrolled in automatic updates users are given the chance to install this update. However, some users do not enroll in automatic updates or leave their computers off during the time updates might be automatically applied. There is some inconvenience involved in applying updates, systems often must be rebooted, it takes time to download the updates, apply them, etc. However, as we can see, failing to do so can have dire consequences as we have seen recently with Equifax. Keep in mind too that healthcare data is prized by hackers, so as a healthcare provider, you are particularly at risk.

HealthWare can help you determine where you vulnerabilities lie and provide solutions to help you protect your confidential information. Visit us www.healthware.com or better still contact us now at https://www.healthware.com/contactus or call us at 850-479-9035 and find out how HealthWare can help you.

HealthWare CEO Interview

9/13/2017 HealthWare Other 0 Comments

Podcast Summary: It was a privilege to interview the founder and CEO of HealthWare. Walter started this company over 30 years ago building it from the ground up and talks about the “evolution” from starting out with billing applications custom built for the physicians in his neighbor office to over 30 applications today created specifically for the Home Health Care, Hospice and Private Duty agencies. Please welcome Walter as he discusses this journey…


In the Wild Threat to your Point of Care Devices

9/13/2017 HealthWare Other 0 Comments

A new threat is in the wild that can attack your point of care devices if they have Bluetooth enabled. This new threat is called BlueBorne and it uses Bluetooth to silently and covertly take over your Android, iOS or Windows device and provides the hacker virtually full control over the device, including data theft, screen captures and more so even if your data is encrypted, is still isn’t completely safe. This threat only requires that the devices Bluetooth be enabled, which is the case for many mobile devices since you use it with a stylus, mouse, pair it with your car and more. This video gives you an idea of just how easy it is for a hacker to use this exploit to take over an Android phone and some of the types of things they can do with it.

This is why it is so important that you keep your devices up to date and apply the latest updates from Google, Apple and Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft released a patch for this vulnerability in Windows on September 12 but if you haven’t applied this update yet, your device is still vulnerable. HIPAA regulations require you to keep your devices secure and part of that is making sure the devices are kept up to date with the latest security patches. Most operating system vendors supply these, but not all users are good about making sure they get applied to their device and of course some devices are running older versions of the operating systems and are no longer being updated.