Security Isn’t a Blanket, It’s a SOC

Healthcare providers – whether in-patient, ambulatory, or ACO – are increasingly adopting SaaS (software-as-a-service) models because it frees up capital, requires less up-front spending, and shifts routine “break-fix” work off their IT people and onto the software vendor. But SaaS isn’t the only acronym bounced around when vendors meet healthcare providers – HIPAA is sure to be at or near the top of the jargon list, typically linked to words like “compliant” or “certified.” The only problem is there’s no such thing as HIPAA-certified software – and being “compliant” doesn’t mean you’re “secure” any more than posting a no-soliciting sign …

End-to-End vs. Individual Solutions

I saw a movie last week in which two actors gazed in wonder at a large abstract painting until the main character deadpans, “I like incongruity.” Incongruity is great if you’re Jackson Pollock, but it’s the last thing any healthcare provider wants when it comes to the technology that helps them do their jobs. Clinicians need tools that adapt to and fit into their existing workflows without adding extra steps – no matter how great the promised upside. One Unified Platform From the very beginning, Lightbeam’s vision was to avoid incongruity at all cost. Our objective was to offer healthcare …

MACRA – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Earlier this year, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 2016 Survey of US Physicians queried a subsample of 523 physicians (non-pediatric specialties) about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The initial findings presented some interesting surprises to various stakeholders across the entire healthcare industry. In a nutshell, MACRA is the new Medicare payment law driving the healthcare industry toward the path of value-based care and away from fee-for-service models. By aligning payment with quality and outcomes, MACRA offers financial incentives to healthcare providers who take part in risk-bearing, coordinated care models. The initial law was passed …