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Healthcare, medical device security lurked beneath the surface at Black Hat

August 19, 2014 - Guest post by Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek, Inc. I’ve recently read several blogs and other pieces in the press proffering the theme that the healthcare industry somehow dodged a bullet at this year’s hacker conferences. If you believe that then you don’t really understand the healthcare IT landscape. I agree there did not seem...... READ MORE


Republican "reboot" senators still gunning for meaningful use
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Sep 11 2014

They haven’t gone away.

The six Republican senators who unleashed a manifesto last year questioning the basic tenets of meaningful use, HIPAA enforcement and even the efficacy of electronic health records are still hanging around Capitol Hill.

Indeed, their 27-page “Reboot” tract will fo…READ MORE


Latest meaningful use delay both expected and baffling
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Sep 3 2014

Delay, delay and delay again.

That seems to be the implementation option of choice for the federal government’s healthcare IT policy in recent years.

It’s hard to see exactly what forces pushed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to finalize its latest proposed delay on the eve …READ MORE


DoD calls for proposals for new healthcare management systems
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Sep 2 2014

The U.S. Department of Defense issued a request for proposals to update their legacy health IT systems, including their EHR. The project is expected to come with a multi-billion dollar price tag and put modernized systems in place by the end of 2016.

Proposals are due to the Department of Defense…READ MORE


CMS releases EHR "randomizer" for meaningful use stage 2 criteria
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Aug 28 2014

CMS and ONC are encouraging providers to use the provider user guide for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) EHR Randomizer software, a tool that aims to help providers meet the meaningful use stage 2 transitions of care core objective.

To meet this core objective, providers…READ MORE


Study: Data analytics for population health management still in infancy
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Aug 27 2014

The hot field of using data analytics to divine medical trends as part of population health management, while seeing strong growth, is still in its formative stages, according to a new report from Chilmark Research.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts firm — which specializes in market analysis of adva…READ MORE


Todd Park expected to leave U.S. CTO post by end of 2014
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Aug 26 2014

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is expected to step down by year’s end — according to a report from Fortune.com. Park has served in his position since 2012 when he was appointed by President Barack Obama, replacing Aneesh Chopra. Previously, Park served as HHS CTO from 2009-2012.

The Whi…READ MORE


When will U.S. healthcare learn to safeguard patient data?
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Aug 22 2014

The revelation this week that a Community Health Systems, Inc. patient data breach affected 4.5 million people was difficult to accept.

What’s harder to accept is that it was caused by Heartbleed, a well-documented, headline-grabbing OpenSSL data security vulnerability that opens up legacy system…READ MORE


FDA issues gender guidance in medical device testing
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Aug 20 2014

The FDA has waded into gender issues in studying the safety of medical devices.

The agency – which effectively deregulated consumer health devices and apps with draft guidance rules earlier this summer – now has issued draft guidance on using sex-specific data in medical device clinical studi…READ MORE


Healthcare, medical device security lurked beneath the surface at Black Hat
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Aug 19 2014

Guest post by Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek, Inc.

I’ve recently read several blogs and other pieces in the press proffering the theme that the healthcare industry somehow dodged a bullet at this year’s hacker conferences. If you believe that then you don’t really understand the healthcare IT l…READ MORE


Protected health information breach exposes data of 4.5 million patients
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Aug 19 2014

Hackers compromised the protected health information of 4.5 million patients of Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, Inc. in April and June of this year, the 206-hospital health system spanning 29 states reported. The hospital system — along with cybersecurity firm Mandiant Corp. — …READ MORE


Office of Civil Rights readies second round of HIPAA audits
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Aug 13 2014

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Human Rights is preparing to launch a second, more ambitious round of HIPAA audits. For the first time the audits will include business associates of HIPAA covered entities. They also could result in enforcement penalties for violators.

Ove…READ MORE


New site to collect feedback on healthcare interoperability plan
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Aug 12 2014

In an act of teamwork in line with their goal of industry-wide cooperation, Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the national coordinator for health IT, and Erica Galvez, the ONC’s interoperability and exchange portfolio manager, co-authored a blog post introducing an interactive Website built to solicit public inp…READ MORE


The potential of mHealth apps -- in stats
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Aug 7 2014

BOSTON — Adam Landman, M.D., chief medical information officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is convinced of the potential of mHealth apps. He’s also in favor of establishing strong data security protocols and for vendors and healthcare providers to vet apps for patient safety — whether the FDA…READ MORE


Bipolar disorder most popular health mobile search
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Aug 6 2014

Mobile searchers look for information about bipolar disorder more often than any other medical issue, according to new research by Internet marketing firm PageScience.

Mobile searchers look for information about bipolar disorder more often than any other medical issue, according to new research b…READ MORE


Majority of U.S. providers ready to meet ICD-10 deadline
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Aug 5 2014

The decision to delay the ICD-10 deadline may prove advantageous for U.S. providers. Just over half of providers (51%) said they already have the proper resources and technology in place and are ready for the Oct. 1, 2015 deadline. The remainder are going to use outsourced technology and clinical do…READ MORE


Will the increase in cloud EHRs lead to better interoperability?
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Aug 5 2014

Guest post by Zach Watson, content writer, TechnologyAdvice

Where providers once questioned the security of the cloud and its compliance with HIPAA standards, they’re now accepting the relief it provides by allowing vendors to handle the majority of the security infrastructure for data and applic…READ MORE


Behavioral health providers lobby Congress for meaningful use inclusion
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jul 31 2014

While some lobbyists and healthcare associations such as the American Medical Association are using meaningful use rollouts, schedules, criteria and incentive program administration as a political battering ram this summer, behavioral health providers are knocking on the door of the federal EHR ince…READ MORE


VNA CIO discourses on future of telehealth
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 30 2014

Hugh Hale, CIO and senior vice president, information technology, of Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a veteran of three decades in the healthcare and tech businesses, says about the pace of technological advancement in telehealth and medical care today: “This is the most seismic amount of change…READ MORE


Physician licensure compact revisions accommodate rise of telemedicine
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 29 2014

The Federation of State Medical Boards, a nonprofit organization representing all of the 70 medical and osteopathic boards across U.S. states and territories, released an updated draft of its compact which proposes changes to streamline licensure for physicians to practice in multiple states.

The…READ MORE


Congress puts ICD-10 delay under scrutiny
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jul 25 2014

Meaningful use and EHR safety are in Washington lawmakers’ sights, as we’ve highlighted recently in a story and a blog post. Congress isn’t done yet: Looks like they’re going after ICD-10, too.

Earlier this year, Congress mysteriously hardwired an eleventh-hour ICD-10 delay into the yearly Medica…READ MORE


EHR safety battle could be looming
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jul 24 2014

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Senate are examining the matter of EHR safety and preventing errors. That’s nothing new. But, as they tie into matters of meaningful use, these fresh looks at EHR safety could point to louder drumbeats come this fall.

Meaningful use…READ MORE


Substance abuse research comes to social media
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 23 2014

For those trying to track and shut down the spread of illicit drugs, there may be no need to hit the streets. A developing product, the National Drug Early Warning System, will help health experts scan social media to spot and combat the outbreak of common illicit drugs such as heroin as well as new…READ MORE


American Medical Association blasts meaningful use guidelines
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 21 2014

The American Medical Association is blasting the federal government’s proposed changes to the EHR meaningful use incentive program for 2014.

“The proposed rule does not address our overarching concern with the MU program, which is the “all-or-nothing” mandate on physicians, James Madara, M.D., ex…READ MORE


Leverage the ICD-10 delay to address coder shortages
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Jul 17 2014

Guest post by Minnette Terlep, vice president of business development and chief compliance officer, Amphion Medical Solutions

The one-year delay in the transition to ICD-10 is considered by some healthcare professionals to be a significant setback in the progress healthcare systems had made towar…READ MORE


Doctors must register now to dispute Open Payments info
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 16 2014

It’s decision time for doctors.

At least it is for those docs and teaching hospitals that will dispute or think they may want to dispute public postings of certain payments or items of value given to them by drug manufacturers and makers of medical and biomedical devices as stipulated by the Ph…READ MORE


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