Archive for March, 2017

Health Information Professional (HIP) ‘Fill in the Code’ Challenge

Posted by Julia Foster on March 24, 2017 in Blog, News

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Health Information Professionals Week is March 26th – April 1st, 2017! In honor of HIP week, Excite Health Partners will be hosting HIP Week ‘Fill in the Code’ Challenge. Enter each day for your chance to win a $10 gift card or the grand prize, pictured below!

-The Details-Each week day during HIP Week at 3:00 pm (EST), we will post a joke on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with one word missing.  The missing word will be replaced with an ICD-10 code. You can participate by telling us what the missing word is. Each daily winner will receive a $10 gift card to their choice of Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks or Panera Bread. All correct answers will be submitted into a drawing for the daily prize and all daily entries will be combined for the grand prize drawing. The grand prize winner will be selected April 3rd at 3:00 pm EST.



How to enter & the rules

To enter the contest message us your answer. Answers must be sent before the following day at 3:00 pm EST when the next joke is posted.  You may only answer once a day, but you can receive up to 3 additional daily entries by tagging friends in daily posts (1 entry per tagged friend and the same friend cannot be tagged more than once).  Make sure you like our Facebook page, following us on Twitter and follow us on Instagram. Good Luck! Email if you have any questions!



The Grand Prize


The grand prize, which is pictured above, includes a Vera Bradley beach tote,  Kate Spade sticky note set, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, beach towel, Essie spring mini collect, Starbucks tumbler, light blue Rtic tumbler and more!

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February 2017 Cyber Security Summary

Posted by Julia Foster on March 8, 2017 in Blog, News

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February 2017 Cyber Security Summary

February consisted of a ransom attack, a break-in and a breach from inside the system, all which contributed to 21 total healthcare breaches and nearly 80,000 records compromised.

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Since the beginning of the year:

There have been 1,288,302 million total records compromised since the beginning of 2017, and over half of them have been healthcare records. Of the 279 total data breaches, 72 of them have occurred in the healthcare field.

February’s most notable healthcare breaches:

The Internal Employees
A pair of patient transporters accessed over 3,000 medical records from a university-based hospital in Tennessee. The two employees looked at 3,247 medical records between May 2015 and December 2016. They were able to see personal information such as demographics, medical record numbers, and social security numbers. As of now, there is no evidence that the information was downloaded or printed. However, the medical center is still taking proper precautions and sending letters to patients notifying them of the breach.

Appointment System
A Georgia-based health system fell victim to a ransomware attack that included almost 80,000 patients’ records. The information was accessed through the system’s appointment software “Waits and Delays.” The hackers were able to remove the appointments database and then demanded a ransom to restore the site. It is not evident if the health system paid it or not. The information stolen included names, dates of birth, contact information and appointment information. Since becoming aware of the breach, the hospital has notified all of the patients who were affected by the breach and encouraged them to keep an eye on their financial statements and credit reports.

Break In
7,000 patient records were stolen during a break-in at a healthcare provider’s office in Kansas. The break-in had occurred at approximately 5:00 am before the facility opened. The intruder gained access by breaking a window and stole a desktop computer and a printer. The computer contained many non-encrypted appointment notes dating back to 2002 and 2003. The information in the notes varied, but some consisted of names, dates of birth and diagnoses and orders.

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Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week 2017 – March 26th-April 1st

Posted by Julia Foster on March 6, 2017 in Blog

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Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week 2017 – March 26th-April 1st

2017 marks the 27th annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) week. This week, which according to, “is a showcase for the thousands of health information management (HIM) professionals who perform their duties masterfully throughout the year,” will be held March 26th, 2017- April 1st, 2017.

This week is sponsored by The American Health Information Association (AHIMA).  This year’s theme will be “Leading the way to quality data.” To celebrate this week Excite Health Partners will be hosting the HIP Week ‘Fill in the Code’ Challenge, participate for your chance to win 1 of 5 daily prizes and/or the grand prize!


5 Topics & Launches from HIMSS17

Posted by Julia Foster on March 3, 2017 in Blog

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5 Topics & Launches from HIMSS17

The hustle and bustle of over 40,000 attendees, 1,200 vendors and 300 sessions at HIMSS17 ended just last week.  With everything going on there is a chance you may have missed something, here are five topics and launches from HIMSS17.


While there were many topics being discussed at the 4-day event, attendees have had a hard time pinpointing what issues dominated the conference.  Just like the world of HIT, HIMSS17 had a lot going, here is what some of the buzz was all about:

  1. Cybersecurity
    As we know, security breaches in the healthcare industry are in the headlines every day making it a no-brainer this would be a hot topic at the conference. HIMSS felt cybersecurity was so important they dedicated a full-day event, the Cybersecurity Forum, to the topic.  While cybersecurity has been a hot topic for a couple of years, this year the conversations turned to medical devices.  According to Marty Edwards, director of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team at the Department of Homeland Security “It is only a matter of time before we see a major event affecting patients involving medical device cybersecurity.”
  1. Interoperability
    Interoperability was a huge focus at last year’s conference, while cybersecurity seemed to be bigger this year, interoperability was still a primary focus for many attendees, vendors, and speakers. While significant progress has been made regarding Interoperability, it may not be happening as quickly as we would all have liked. HIMSS17 left us feeling optimistic; progress is still coming and at a steady rate!
  1. Big Data and Analytics
    According to Paul Black, CEO of Allscripts, “I expected and saw the spotlight on the transformation of Big Data into more meaningful, usable analytics.” The discussion revolved a lot around how to manage patient responsibility, connectivity to communication platforms, and even interventions when necessary.
  1. Value-Based Care
    HIT professionals were looking for tools and solutions to operationalize value-based care and payments. They were also looking for ways to increase patient engagement and enhance the patient experience.
  1. Telehealth
    There is no doubt telehealth is up and coming.  Many forces are driving the expanded use of telehealth services including the reduction of the spread of contagious viruses/sicknesses, access for rural communities, and cost reduction.


With so many Health IT professionals under the same roof, there is no better place than HIMSS to launch or demo a new product. There were quite a few product launches and demos throughout the show, here are some of our favorites:

  1. App Orchard- Epic
    The highly-anticipated launch of App Orchard, Epic’s app store, finally happened at HIMSS17.  According to Epic’s website “The App Orchard is where developers can learn about Epic’s APIs and list their apps for Epic community members to explore and access.”
  1. Healthy Hospital- McKesson
    McKesson had lots of new products to demo during the show, one of those being Healthy Hospital.  According to a press release, “Healthy Hospital is a new program that uses advanced analytics to help providers benchmark key revenue cycle metrics, and identify areas where they can accelerate or otherwise improve financial performance.”
  1. Touchstone-Medisolv
    Touchstone, which is a comprehensive benchmarking software tool that can be utilized by hospitals and physicians for the measurement of quality and safety, will be available early summer.  Touchstone, according to, is  “the first benchmarking software of its kind for hospital eCQMs in the cloud,” will be available early summer
  1. DS8100-HC series scanners AND TC51-HC mobile computers- Zebra Technologies
    Zebra Technologies released scanners and mobile computers that according to a press release “can foster clinical collaboration for staffers and drive better operational efficiencies, while also supporting the five rights of medication administration to help increase patient safety.”
  1. ClaimStaker- Alpha II
    Alpha II released ClaimStaker, a claims editing software.  According to their site, “ClaimStaker, is the most comprehensive clinical claim and encounter scrubbing tool available today.”

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