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.
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 — 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
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
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
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
ICD-10 survey results show many testing efforts put on hold
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Oct 6 2014
The healthcare industry is making progress in its drive toward ICD-10 readiness, but some tasks — including those related to testing — are slipping into 2015. The ICD-10 delay granted extra time to make the coding transition, but according to responses to a survey conducted by the Workgroup for El…READ MORE
AHIMA formalizes health information governance principles
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Oct 2 2014
The age of information governance (IG) is upon us.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has jumped out ahead of this emerging reality with a set of eight “foundational principles” for health information governance based on best practices developed across all industri…READ MORE
Number of data breach response teams rises along with threats
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Sep 30 2014
The most effective efforts to limit the damage inflicted by a data breach start before an incident occurs. This is something that security pros in many industries, including healthcare, have observed. Their desire to proactively temper the effects of security incidents is reflected in findings in th…READ MORE
White hat hackers test Healthcare.gov data security
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Sep 29 2014
Which do you want first on federal health insurance exchange sites initiated through the Affordable Care Act? The good news, or the bad news?
It turns out that the feds employed white hat hackers to test the data security of exchanges, according to a report from the HHS Office of the Inspector Ge…READ MORE
For providers working on stage 2 meaningful use attestation who have questions on criteria such as summary of care documents, clinical quality measures (CQMs) or when their EHR incentive checks will be in the mail, good news: CMS clarified these and some other questions via its FAQ page.
CMS regula…READ MORE
How wearable devices are building an EHR ecosystem
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Sep 25 2014
Guest post by Zach Watson, content manager, TechnologyAdvice
Gathering reliable physiological data from patients has been one of the main targets of healthcare innovators for some time now. Now that EHRs are used by a majority of office-based physician practices, the foundation for such a data in…READ MORE
Patient portals work for family practices, journal study concludes
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Sep 24 2014
“By directly engaging patients to use a portal and supporting practices to integrate use into care, primary care practices can match or potentially surpass the usage rates achieved by large health systems.”
That conclusion was reached by 11 medical researchers whose new report on the success …READ MORE
Morton in, Fridsma out in separate ONC staff transactions
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Sep 23 2014
Months after restructuring its internal organization, the ONC now has to adjust to two recent major staff changes. U.S. Navy Capt. Alicia Morton was announced as the next director of the ONC Health IT EHR Certification Program in an email sent to ONC staff from Steve Posnack, director of the ONC’s O…READ MORE
Department of Homeland Security branch implements eClinicalWorks
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Sep 22 2014
Medical professionals who manage care at all 23 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities are now using eClinicalWorks’ cloud EHR. The Massachusetts-based healthcare IT vendor was selected after a competitive bid process. According to the Federal Business Opportunities webs…READ MORE
Republican congressman entertains hosts from across the health IT political divide
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Sep 18 2014
Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D., is something of an anomaly: a Republican politician who more or less supports adoption of electronic health records and meaningful use.
The key words here are “more or less.” One could say that the Texas lawmaker, who went into politics after 30 years as a p…READ MORE
Secure texting in healthcare: Four emerging trends
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Sep 18 2014
Guest post by Jose Barreau, M.D., CEO and co-founder of Doc Halo
As new technology erases many of the fears that providers had about data privacy, text messaging is growing as a form of communication in healthcare.
With a secure texting system such as the Doc Halo app, physicians exchange info…READ MORE
Report documents health data security HIPAA compliance issues
Posted in Health IT Pulse by MonicaVallejo last updated Sep 17 2014
Data security consultant and research firm the SANS Institute estimates that millions of healthcare IT systems are compromised and fail to meet HIPAA’s network security requirements in its Health Care Cyberthreat Report. The report was developed based on data related to healthcare organizations in t…READ MORE
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even by-the-book objective journalists can get behind the idea of patient advocacy and consumer engagement. No matter how fair, balanced and disengaged one can be, in the end we’re all patients.
That’s why National Health IT Week — a citywide event that can only be described …READ MORE