As we move further into 2017, and closer to the release of RightFax 16.2, we are keeping an eye on the changing landscape of the healthcare IT field. According to a recent Healthcare IT News survey, many healthcare organizations are on the lookout for software that provide them with better ways to serve their patients and manage their data.
From software upgrades to features, these are the areas where the major focus will be for the foreseeable future.
Security and Compliance
Year after year, security remains the number one concern in the healthcare IT field. More than half of surveyed organizations said they have planned to upgrade their security technologies in 2017. Compliance also plays a large role, particularly in the transmission of personal health information (PHI) both within and between different healthcare organizations.
When it comes to faxing, which is still the preferred method for PHI transmission, companies like OpenText will continue to release features for fax server software that make it easier for organizations to protect their data and comply with HIPAA regulations. This will be particularly helpful for organizations that are embracing telehealth practices (Live video diagnoses, Remote patient monitoring (RPM), Mobile health, etc.), which require PHI to be frequently transferred from remote sites to major offices across the country.
The need for better enterprise health record systems (EHR) is clear, but many organizations have also said they are struggling to get their physicians, nurses and other staff to fully embrace the technology. Only 60 percent of companies surveyed said that they integrate their EHR systems with other technologies.. This is a major concern for healthcare employees, who are always looking for more streamlined approaches to patient care and records handling.
The need for better EHR relates directly to interoperability, a concern for 60 percent of organizations surveyed. Healthcare is a fast-moving field where success is often dependent upon how well different software programs work with one another. One of the most crucial relationships is between EHR systems and their fax servers.
Quickly moving PHI from one EHR systems to another requires a fast, secure and reliable link. Programs like RightFax seamlessly integrate with EHR systems like EPIC, and additional add-on like PSIcapture make it even easier to extract and migrate PHI that is transferred through fax and stored in EHR systems.
Healthcare organizations simply don’t have the time to troubleshoot software systems that do not integrate and work well with one another. To learn more about how RightFax works with EHR systems, contact our team today.