September 1, 2016
Banner Health Cyberattack Brings Layered Security Strategy into Focus
While cybersecurity remains top of mind for healthcare organizations, the importance of safeguarding servers and computers is underscored in the face of large attacks. The recent cyberattack on Phoenix-based Banner Health, which is the largest reported breach to date affecting 3.7 million individuals, has health systems reexamining their cybersecurity defenses.
When hackers accessed the computer servers of Banner Health, they appear to have done so by first infiltrating the point-of-sale systems at the health system's food and beverage outlets. From there, they seem to have been able to access other systems, including ones housing protected health information and sensitive information about employees and providers. This lack of segmentation poses a significant security risk to organizations, as just one system vulnerability can lead to a breach in other linked systems.
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Tech talk: IOT, Virtual Visits and Smart Hospitals;
Software Helps Seniors Take Control of Care
As proactive patients at ease with technology continue using tools to improve their own care, one company wants to make sure that the traditionally least tech-fluent among us isn’t left out of the “cloud.”
Daniel Strabley, a software developer, has used his expertise to create a system that helps to improve autonomy for patients suffering from cognitive issues. Strabley created the software for his grandfather-in-law, Walter Remiger, who recently moved from his farm to an assisted living facility. A simple clock Strabley built integrates photos from Remiger’s farm to communicate time of day and uses Amazon’s customizable Internet of Things buttons to send key alerts, such as medication reminders, doctor’s appointments, lunch and dinner schedules and even when games of his favorite sports teams will air. Health Facilities Management, more...
To Heal Our Hospitals, Embrace New Models
It is no secret that many of New York State’s hospitals are in trouble. Officially, 28 of them are on a “watchlist” created by the New State Department of Health because they are in serious financial distress and have little cash on hand to support operations. What this really means is that they are on the brink of collapse. They would very likely close if they did not receive hundreds of millions of dollars in state subsidies to keep their doors open.
While these facts are alarming, they are hardly new. A decade ago, the Berger Commission, named for its esteemed Chairman Stephen Berger (but formally called the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century), conducted a comprehensive review of health care capacity and resources in New York State. What was found then is equally true today: we “repeatedly identified communities whose needs could be well served with less than a full service hospital but which require more than an ambulatory care center… Creative and financially viable alternatives, such as free standing emergency rooms or community
health centers with urgicare capabilities, could advance the achievement of a rightsized and restructured health care delivery system. The benefits could include enhanced access to services, less duplication, and amelioration of the economic impact of full hospital closures.” The Huffington Post, more...
Getting it Right with Mock-Up Designs
Sixty-three percent of respondents to the 2016 Hospital Construction Survey say they include patients in the design process of new facilities, and one way they do that is through testing design ideas in live mock-ups.
For instance, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas created mock-ups before finalizing parts of its 2.8 million-square-foot campus. Some of the mock-ups were as simple as cardboard facsimiles while others were built as fully fitted-out replicas. Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital used the same strategy in the design of its new location and created full-scale departmental mock-ups of its emergency department, ambulatory surgery department and neonatal intensive care unit. Both hospitals also included clinical staff to weigh in on the designs.
The strategy also has been seen on display at health technology incubator MATTER, which collaborated with the American Medical Association (AMA) to open the AMA Interaction Studio, a 425-square-foot mock doctor's office where vendors and doctors can try out new equipment and technology in a lifelike setting. Health Facilities Management, more...
Customer-focused, Evidence-Based Facilty Promotes Better Health Care Delivery
Design That Cares is the award-winning, essential textbook and guide for understanding and achieving customer-focused, evidence-based health care design excellence. This updated third edition includes new information about how all aspects of health facility design – site planning, architecture, interiors, product design, graphic design, and others - can meet the needs and reflect the preferences of customers: patients, family and visitors, as well as staff. The book takes readers on a journey through a typical health facility and discusses, in detail, at each stop along the way, how design can demonstrate
care both for and about patients and visitors.
The book explains the need for humanistic, evidence-based health facility design, with chapters on arrival and exterior wayfinding, interior wayfinding and the circulation system, waiting and reception areas, diagnostic and treatment areas, as well as inpatient rooms and baths. Later chapters discuss access to nature, particular user groups, such as people with functional limitations, and unique places, such as Emergency Departments. The book concludes with a discussion of user participation in health facility design and practical methods for making this happen effectively.
Throughout the book, relevant research is flagged and research-based design guidelines are highlighted. At the end of each chapter, Design Review questions enable design decision-makers to knowledgeably assess documents, such as site plans, floor plans, functional space programs, and drawings, with an eye to the likely effects of proposed design features on intended users. For students, chapter summaries, learning objectives, and end-of-chapter review questions help facilitate a solid understanding.
Design That Cares, Planning Health Facilities for Patients and Visitors, 3rd Edition,
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