Why is ransomware still an issue?

Ransomware Continues Its Attacks Ransomware, a type of malware that blocks user access to data and file system until a ransom has been paid, tore through the United States healthcare system throughout 2016 and 2017. While ransomware is primarily used to simply lock out users from access their data and file system, there are more…

‘Tis the season for an update!

Maybe I’m here and maybe I’m not. In the forever words of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. It’s been a long day without you, my friend And I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again We’ve come a long way from where we began Oh, I’ll tell you all about it when…

Blockchain Technology in Healthcare

Introduction to Blockchain Technology in Healthcare Understanding blockchain technologies and how Bitcoin and Ethereum are now playing a greater role in healthcare than before. While some people may recognize the usage of bitcoin in healthcare as a form of payment in ransomware cases, the technology behind it is much more and can be a pathway…

Leveraging the Value of EHRs through Research Networks (CDRNs)

CDRNs Help Improve EHR Reputation I recently had the opportunity to watch a webinar where the speaker, an associate director in the Office of Research Informatics at Duke University School of Medicine, spoke about the use of Clinical Data Research Networks (CDRNs). With the advent and rush of EHR adoption over the past decade or…

Interview with a Clinical Informatics Trained Physician!

The below questions and answers are from an interview that I conducted with a physician that recently finished up his clinical informatics fellowship at University of Illinois Chicago. I shadowed this physician for an extensive period of time as I learned more about how he integrated his use and growing knowledge of clinical informatics with…

Big Data Analysis Finally in Healthcare

Data Analysis in Healthcare Has Finally Arrived! Although the term “Big Data” has been around for close to a decade now, it’s no surprise that healthcare and medicine in general is finally starting to pick up on it. Having shadowed a few physicians in various healthcare systems and interacting with some of the IT department…

Overview of SMART on FHIR

SMART on FHIR Understanding SMART (Substitutable Medical Apps, Reusable Technology) and why its use in healthcare information technology is almost a must because it hopes to integrate applications across different healthcare IT systems. As a result, SMART is attempting to be the next step after the protocols and standards for interoperability from FHIR has been…

So… what now?

I walked the walk. But now what? So just this past weekend, I had the privilege, joy, and opportunity to partake in the commencement ceremony at my university to ceremoniously complete my undergraduate education. Though I do still have a short class, one short class to take in the summer, by all means, I’ve graduated and…

FHIR and Where It Came From

Understanding FHIR and its Development! Below is an excerpt from a paper that I wrote for one of my cybersecurity and networking courses in university.             FHIR, or the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, is a data exchange standard that has recently seen much implementation and adoption within the healthcare community….