Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner
Health IT Pulse is the blog for the writers and editors of SearchHealthIT.com, which covers health care technology and electronic health records infrastructure, applications, management and compliance.
While the Obama administration may be nearing lame duck status, its health IT arm, ONC, is still doling out money to people doing things that align with the agency’s goals of the moment.
In this case, ONC announced this week it is releasing more than $38 million to organizations working in heal…READ MORE
Family physicians find meaningful use audits are expensive, unhelpful
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 28 2015
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) didn’t get the response it desired when it sent a letter of concern about the meaningful use audit program to CMS in April. In fact, CMS hasn’t responded to the AAFP at all.
CMS’ silence prompted Reid B. Blackwelder, M.D., AAFP board chair, to addr…READ MORE
As you get ready for ICD-10, plan for "what if" scenarios
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jul 23 2015
With ICD-10 fast approaching, some healthcare providers won’t be prepared in time. In order to ensure that you aren’t one of them, CIOs need to make sure they’re ready for the less obvious — yet disruptive — effects of ICD-10.
A good way for CIOs to tackle this goal is to plan for the “what if”…READ MORE
In wake of UCLA health data breach, security expert says providers should be forthcoming
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 23 2015
The 4.5 million people who had their health and financial records potentially exposed in a hack of the UCLA Health provider system were not the only victims of the breach, which UCLA officials said they first started looking into nearly a year ago.
Apparently, so was the full intent of the HIPAA…READ MORE
A health IT implementation brings work interruptions
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 21 2015
Undertaking a health IT implementation will result in numerous interruptions to the workflows of clinicians and associated staff members, though those interruptions frequently don’t involve the new technology system. Two U.S. healthcare organizations — which included one specialty and five primary …READ MORE
Patient advocates: You can now get big data training
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jul 16 2015
With big data evolving so rapidly within healthcare, even the most engaged and informed patients and healthcare advocates might feel they don’t know enough to truly take part in and evaluate the design of big data in healthcare.
That’s what a new program, recently announced by the Reagan-Udall Fo…READ MORE
Meaningful use is in the spotlight again, but not necessarily in a good way.
The American Medical Association’s (AMA) call this week to “reboot” government regulation of EHRs is the latest in a series of salvos against CMS’ meaningful use program, with some key healthcare and health IT gr…READ MORE
Guest post by Dr. Michael G. Mathews, president, COO, & co-founder, CynergisTek, Inc.
Designed as a piece in a four-part series, this article will provide a brief primer on encryption before the remainder of the series addresses integrity and nonrepudiation, then encryption of data in motion …READ MORE
Health information management professionals foresee less coding in their futures
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 14 2015
Health information management professionals believe proficiency in big data analysis, informatics and data mining will be more important for workers in their positions in the future than they are now. However, members of the same group — composed of 3,370 respondents to an AHIMA study — predict mo…READ MORE
Connecticut is the latest state to enact telemedicine law
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jul 9 2015
On June 22, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute into law, making Connecticut the 28th state to do so. The vote provides a stark contrast to the Texas Medical Board’s new rules released back in April that make it harder for doctors to prescribe dr…READ MORE
New CMS data digs into big money paid to docs by manufacturers
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 8 2015
Last year, manufacturers of drugs and other medical products, along with group purchasing organizations, spent $6.49 billion on U.S. physicians and teaching hospitals for such items as travel expenses, meals, entertainment, gifts, educational materials and participating on paid advisory boards.
CMS, AMA announce plans to help providers through ICD-10 conversion
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 7 2015
After formerly questioning how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is handling the upcoming ICD-10 conversion, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced it will work with CMS on programs and educational sessions to assist providers in switching over to ICD-10.
The two groups wil…READ MORE
New research: Physicians key to wearables taking off
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jul 2 2015
What’s the key to wearables truly taking off? According to a report by MedPanel, it’s physicians who have the power.
“As long as tech companies view wearables and apps as consumer-driven markets, these products will remain a fad,” Jason LaBonte, president of healthcare market research firm MedPan…READ MORE
Until recently cyber-security was one of many issues for health IT executives; now it is top of mind for most.
Anecdotally, it is abundantly clear how widespread increased worry about cyber-attacks on healthcare data networks is. Also, a recent SearchHealthIT survey found that security systems ar…READ MORE
FDA group to support combined EHR, electronic data capture systems
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 30 2015
Clinical research and patient information captured during treatment are kept in different electronic systems and by separate organizations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to support projects that bring point-of-care data and research data together by combining EHR and electronic d…READ MORE
The reason some doctors quit? EHRs, says one noted columnist
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jun 25 2015
The general consensus surrounding the movement to EHRs, at least from what I’ve heard and read, is that, although not perfect, EHRs are a good thing for doctors, healthcare organizations and patients alike. Where the problems come in are with the other stuff. For example, the lack of interoperabilit…READ MORE
Despite the continued absence of health IT’s biggest name, the CommonWell Health Alliance, a vendor-backed interoperability group, keeps growing.
EHR giant Epic Systems Corp. is the notable non-participant, even defending its decision to stay out of CommonWell in a recent Senate hearing, but th…READ MORE
FDA makes a deal with online patient group to study patient-reported drug safety data
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 23 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is teaming up with the largest online patient network to collect and study patient-reported drug safety data. The research agreement between PatientsLikeMe, an online network of more than 350,000 patient members, and the FDA was announced at the Drug Infor…READ MORE
A shift to value-based payments and benefit designs is underway — accelerating, even– despite the significant obstacles, a health policy brief from the Brookings Institution has found.
The piece is co-authored by a heavyweight: Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D, senior fellow and director of the Healt…READ MORE
Practice Fusion CEO talks market share in solo practices and relationship with bigger vendors
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jun 17 2015
Ryan Howard, the 40-year-old founder and CEO of cloud EHR vendor Practice Fusion Inc., certainly doesn’t lack for confidence.
In some ways, Howard’s brash charisma resembles that of a market nemesis, Jonathan Bush, president and CEO of athenahealth Inc.
Practice Fusion, athenahealth and …READ MORE
Cerner CEO Neal Patterson tells Senate committee of wife's interoperability dilemma
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 16 2015
Neal Patterson, CEO of EHR vendor Cerner Corp. — a founding member of CommonWell Health Alliance — has a personal reason to pull for CommonWell to realize its goal of greater health IT interoperability. Patterson’s wife, Jeanne, has been a breast cancer patient for eight years and keeps paper copi…READ MORE
New research: FDA-regulated digital health devices could save U.S. healthcare billions
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jun 15 2015
Last year, the FDA seemed to lean toward deregulation of wellness, wearable and mobile devices when it downgraded — from Class III high-risk to Class I low-risk — mobile device data systems, which include app-tethered wellness devices.
But recent research from Accenture, an IT services company,…READ MORE
“Struck by Orca” is by no means the most obscure or unintentionally humorous entry in the voluminous catalog of new ICD-10 codes for medical conditions.
But it is, indeed, the memorable Twitter handle of the publisher of an illustrated guide to ICD-10, an entertaining roadmap for the much-del…READ MORE
Switching to cloud-based EHRs reduces data breach concerns for most small practices
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 9 2015
Significantly fewer physicians that deploy cloud-based EHR systems in solo or small medical practices are worried about their system’s security than their counterparts that use server-based EHRs. More than 80% of users of server-based systems are fearful their system or hosted files may be breached,…READ MORE
In Texas, regulators dig in on the other side of telemedicine
Posted in Health IT Pulse by klee34 last updated Jun 4 2015
Telemedicine can and will do a lot of good when it comes to improving patient care and saving money. But lawmakers in Texas are pushing back, making it more difficult for telemedicine technology companies to provide their services in the state, such as Teladoc, the Dallas-based telemedicine provider…READ MORE