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Laptop theft exposes protected health information, brings six-figure fine

November 26, 2014 - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston must pay the state of Massachusetts a $100,000 fine due the theft of an employee’s laptop in May 2012. The laptop — which was not issued by BIDMC — contained the unencrypted protected health information of 3,796 patients and employees. Beyond medical information, patient names and social security...... READ MORE


Laptop theft exposes protected health information, brings six-figure fine
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 26 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston must pay the state of Massachusetts a $100,000 fine due the theft of an employee’s laptop in May 2012. The laptop — which was not issued by BIDMC — contained the unencrypted protected health information of 3,796 patients and employees. Beyond medical …READ MORE


Interstate HIE gets boost from 47-group coalition
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Nov 25 2014

Health information exchange (HIE) over state lines via EHRs and data exchanges can be difficult at best. A 47-group coalition including the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Integrating Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) USA and EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup (IWG) collaborate …READ MORE


HL7 touts FHIR as new interoperability standard
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Nov 19 2014

The hottest health IT buzzwords of the moment are interoperability and standards.

To that end, standards developer Health Level Seven International (HL7) offered its “critical expertise and leadership” in developing interoperability standards in a recent policy statement. HL7 also promoted its he…READ MORE


Article reports reduction to estimated cost of ICD-10 conversion
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 18 2014

Providers that point to the potential financial burden the impending ICD-10 conversion could have on their practice as a reason to delay making the transition from ICD-9 codes might not have as strong of an argument as previously believed.

Changing over from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes isn’t as costly …READ MORE


HIMSS and CHIME voice concerns about ONC leadership changes
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Nov 13 2014

Motivated by recent and upcoming leadership transitions within ONC, members of the College of Healthcare Information and Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) addressed a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS secretary, to express conce…READ MORE


Medical me: The intersection of patient privacy and health IT
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Nov 13 2014

Guest post by Roberta Katz, director, healthcare solutions, EMC,  @Roberta_Katz, @EMCHealthcare

Based on the amount of data currently being produced, the digital universe is projected to double in size every two years and multiply tenfold between 2013 and 2020 — from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to…READ MORE


Public safety trumps privacy when Ebola threat is real
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Nov 12 2014

Privacy doesn’t trump public safety — especially when it comes to the Ebola virus and other public health threats.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) — which enforces HIPAA — has issued a bulletin clarifying the circumstances under which patie…READ MORE


CMS rule rewrites meaningful use hardship exception deadlines
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 11 2014

Eligible professionals and hospitals already know they have more time to apply for meaningful use exceptions this year. An interim final rule that’s packaged in the CMS 2015 Physician Fee Schedule 2015 Final Rule would make permanent alterations to the hardship exception process, notably finalizing …READ MORE


Meaningful use stage 2 attestation numbers remain anemic
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Nov 10 2014

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released the most recent monthly status report with updated meaningful use attestation data, and health IT observers who are hopeful for a boost in stage 2 participants will be disappointed.

The data shows that through July, the total number of…READ MORE


HealthCamp draws diverse crowd
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Nov 7 2014

No sleeping bags, overnight gear or headlamps needed.

HealthCamp (technically “HealthCa.mp,”) is the umbrella organization for an irregularly scheduled series of transcontinental, mostly health IT-oriented “unconferences,” as the organizers affectionately call them.

The most recent Hea…READ MORE


BSR's guiding principles define access to healthcare
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ScotP last updated Nov 6 2014

NEW YORK — The concept of access to healthcare in the U.S. is often a foregone conclusion, despite the millions of uninsured persons that led to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. But, in fact, access to healthcare on a global level is a much less certain concept.

Exactly what access to healthcare…READ MORE


CCHIT ceases operations, donates assets to HIMSS Foundation
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Nov 4 2014

After ten years of working for the health IT community, the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) announced it will conclude all of its operations immediately. CCHIT said that all pending work will be completed by November 14.

CCHIT was founded in 2004 by the Heal…READ MORE


KLAS, CHIME in on research, benchmarking partnership
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Nov 3 2014

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and KLAS Enterprises announced a partnership that will focus on research, benchmarking, advocacy support and collaboration on granting awards. The announcement was made in San Antonio, at the CHIME14 Fall Forum and will become effec…READ MORE


DeSalvo still running ONC
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 29 2014

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., is still in charge.

That unambiguous message was embedded in a low-profile post on ONC’s blog, “Health IT Buzz,” a few days after the agency blasted out news to the world that the sort-of former ONC coordinator was gone, promoted to acting assistant secretary for health (ASH)…READ MORE


$840 million HHS initiative targets better patient care
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Oct 28 2014

U.S. healthcare providers tempted to treat as many patients in as little time as possible to benefit their bottom lines have a new reason to reconsider that approach. The Department of Health and Human Services announced an $840 million initiative that will fund organizations that work directly with…READ MORE


CDC, ONC collaborate to improve use of EHRs for Ebola screening
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Oct 27 2014

The Public Health-EHR Vendors Collaboration Initiative, composed of public health practitioners and EHR vendors, convened earlier this month to discuss Ebola electronic screening tools and protocols. The PH-EHR Vendors Collaboration Initiative was established by the CDC the ONC in August 2013 to hel…READ MORE


Healthcare groups call on CMS and ONC for meaningful use slowdown
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 22 2014

Eight influential healthcare groups have joined the campaign to persuade federal health IT officials to ease up on the meaningful use program’s requirements and timelines.

Rather than focusing on demanding easier attestation requirements for meaningful use stage 2, the tack taken by a broad coali…READ MORE


Nurses bemoan system deficiencies in EHR survey
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Oct 22 2014

Nurses — a group of employees often left out of hospital technology purchasing decisions — were recently asked for their opinions on the EHRs they work with. Their disapproval was nearly universal. Nearly all of them (98%) said they weren’t part of the purchase or configuration processes for their…READ MORE


AMA proposes changes to meaningful use program
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Oct 20 2014

The American Medical Association (AMA) lobbied the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement its version of a revamped meaningful use program in a 30-page letter. The AMA, which has been a long thorn in CMS’ side regarding EHR adoption, meaningful use and ICD-10 implementation, ou…READ MORE


ONC health data privacy watchdog Lucia Savage arrives as interop czar Doug Fridsma leaves
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 15 2014

Another lawyer will soon guide ONC’s privacy office.

Lucia Savage, a New York University Law School grad, will later this month succeed Joy Pritts, the Case Western Reserve-trained lawyer who left the post in mid-July after serving as ONC’s first chief privacy officer since 2011.

It certai…READ MORE


Optional 2014 EHR certification criteria up for review
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Oct 14 2014

Alterations to the draft version of ONC’s 2014 Edition Release 2 EHR Certification Criteria is now open to a public comment period, during which users can offer reviews and feedback on changes to criteria that governs computerized physician order entry and how patients electronically view, download …READ MORE


CMS reopens meaningful use hardship exceptions
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Oct 9 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reopened the submission period for meaningful use hardship exception applications for eligible providers. CMS extended the period for hardship exception applications to November 30, allowing doctors and hospitals who have not yet attested to avoid…READ MORE


Motley Fool bullish on health IT stocks
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 8 2014

Investors who want to make money with sometimes unorthodox, and sometimes amusingly presented, approaches, often follow advice from the Motley Fool family of media market gurus. Amid the ballyhoo of their latest picks of health IT stocks, however, is a salient point to comfort healthcare provider CI…READ MORE


At-the-elbow physician support a must-have for EHR implementations
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Oct 8 2014

Guest post by Kathleen Myers, M.D., FACEP, founder and chief medical officer of Essia Health

Amid the many changes to the practice of medicine over the last 10 years, the most dramatic impact at the point of care has been integrating new information technologies and systems, especially the EHR. I…READ MORE


FDA's plans through 2018 include postmarket surveillance reform
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Oct 7 2014

The FDA offered a glance into its future that envisions improvements to current methods of enforcing health IT safety. Regulators plan to continue their migration from passive to active monitoring of postmarket surveillance of FDA-regulated devices. In the FDA’s Strategic Priorities document, which …READ MORE


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