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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.


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PHI at core of new HHS and EEOC corporate wellness rules

April 22, 2015 - The government continues to watch electronic protected health information (PHI), and it’s not just HIPAA enforcers who are doing it. Both HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) declared this month, within days of each other, that corporate wellness programs are OK. That is, the agencies said in new...... READ MORE


PHI at core of new HHS and EEOC corporate wellness rules
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Apr 22 2015

The government continues to watch electronic protected health information (PHI), and it’s not just HIPAA enforcers who are doing it.

Both HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) declared this month, within days of each other, that corporate we…READ MORE


HIMSS mobile survey shows link between patient engagement and mobile tech
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 21 2015

Last week was the most significant one of the year for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. In the midst of its health IT mega-conference, HIMSS 2015, the group made time to publish the results of the 2015 HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey.

Of the 238 respondents to the HIMSS m…READ MORE


HIMSS 2015 delightfully chaotic
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Apr 16 2015

CHICAGO — Overheard on the show floor at HIMSS 2015: “Hey, I like that analytics engine.”

HIMSS 2015 was a health techie’s wonderland, with plenty of partying, delightful chaos among hundreds of vendors and more than 43,000 attendees hoofing it across the vast expanses of the McCormick Pla…READ MORE


It's feet first for all HIMSS 2015 attendees
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Apr 15 2015

This morning as I came down the hotel elevator for breakfast, it stopped at a floor and in came a young guy carrying two stuffed bags and sporting a HIMSS 2015 badge.

“You ready to walk another 10 miles today?” the fella asked. “My feet are in pain. I told my boss no offense, but I’m not wearing …READ MORE


Proposal would shrink 2015 meaningful use attestation period
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 14 2015

Following through on a promise made earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services released a proposal to relax meaningful use reporting requirements in 2015. A major piece of the proposal would shrink the meaningful use attestation period for eligible professionals from a full ye…READ MORE


HIMSS 2015 attendees just want to find their way
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Apr 13 2015

When I got into the taxi to catch my plane from Boston to the HIMSS 2015 conference, my cabbie didn’t know how to get to Logan Airport. He needed a GPS to guide him.

Then, in Chicago, the conference shuttle bus driver’s first words to those of us boarding for Sunday’s sessions: “I’m lost.” He had…READ MORE


With a punch list in hand, CMS readies for ICD-10
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Apr 8 2015

The march toward ICD-10 is on in earnest.

Along with apparent solid congressional and industry support for ICD-10 after last year’s surprise one-year delay in stepping up medical coding from ICD-9, it appears that CMS is addressing some of the last technical details before the planned Oct. 1 sw…READ MORE


External testing stats stick out in ICD-10 preparedness survey
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Apr 7 2015

The ICD-10 deadline hasn’t changed since a delay was signed into law more than a year ago. Just as the ICD-10 implementation date hasn’t budged since then, so too has the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) in its belief that the healthcare industry may not be ready for the new coding s…READ MORE


Joint Commission issues warning on EHR safety
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Apr 2 2015

EHR errors can cause serious problems.

The Joint Commission, the independent healthcare accreditation agency that functions as a quasi-governmental body, issued that warning in the days before the giant HIMSS 2015 (Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society) event, which is the health …READ MORE


Patients favor physicians over technology and online medical resources
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 31 2015

Many patients acknowledge there is a place for technology in their healthcare, but the majority of them still value face-to-face interaction with their physicians above all else.

A 3,000-person survey given to residents of the U.S., U.K. and Germany by Nuance Communications, Inc. provided more ev…READ MORE


Pages and pages of stage 3 rules -- and moving on from stage 2; population health's ties to machine learning; UIs hamstring VNAs
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Mar 30 2015

Spring break sure sounds good to me after CMS dropped 700-plus pages of proposed regulatory rules for stage 3 meaningful use and EHR certification for the healthcare IT industry to study up on. Opinions quickly flew around the Web about the most important parts of the proposals.

Reporter Shaun Su…READ MORE


Halamka and Tripathi take aim at meaningful use stage 3
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 26 2015

The health IT world reeled when CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT unleashed more than 700 pages of proposed rulemaking for meaningful use stage 3 for healthcare providers and EHR vendors.

Now two of health IT’s leading thinkers and innovators  — Beth Israel De…READ MORE


Patients confident, healthcare pros unsure of value of mHealth apps
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 24 2015

Perhaps in response to users’ near-universal satisfaction with health apps, approximately half (46%) of healthcare professionals plan to integrate mobile apps into their practices within the next five years. Currently, only 16% of healthcare professionals use mHealth apps during patient care. All of…READ MORE


CHIME leads renewed push for national patient identifier
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 19 2015

Creating a national patient identification system has long been a goal for many healthcare system CIOs and other health IT leaders.

Now the leading health IT CIO organization, the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME), is throwing its considerable intellectual capital behind…READ MORE


Premera cyberattack shows medical info at risk
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 18 2015

The devastating cyberattack on Premera Blue Cross shows that medical information is becoming a top target for cybercriminals.

To avoid attacks such as the breach involving more than 11 million people’s medical information, hospital systems, other healthcare providers and insurers should ensure …READ MORE


Nurses would trade time spent on medical devices for patient care
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 17 2015

Nurses would spend more time at patients’ bedsides if they could cut down on how often they have to operate medical devices. That sentiment was shared by 91% of 526 nurses that took part in a survey commissioned by Gary and Mary West Health Institute and conducted online by Harris Poll. More than tw…READ MORE


Why I'm more worried about EHR theft today than I was last week
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Mar 13 2015

I had not been convinced about the dangers of one’s EHR getting stolen in a data breach — until now.

If a cyberthief robs you of your financial information, that clearly brings long-term risk of fraudulent charges to a credit card or identity theft.

But I was dubious about what illicit acts s…READ MORE


Cloud clarity and the road to future patient care
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Mar 12 2015

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

Increasing at a rate of 48% per year, healthcare data is one of the fastest-growing segments within the digital universe. The growth rate of healthcare data eclipses the 40% figure representative of the…READ MORE


HHS unveils "Next Generation ACO Model"
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 11 2015

One of the more interesting but lesser known offspring of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the accountable care organization (ACO), appears to be holding strong as a model of how healthcare will be delivered in the future.

ACOs have depended heavily, perhaps more than any other form of healthcare p…READ MORE


Healthcare spending, EHR market share divulged in survey
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 10 2015

ICD-10 and population health management are more than just buzzwords for healthcare providers in 2015. More healthcare systems are projected to invest in those two areas than in any others, according to a survey conducted by peer60. The polled group represents 25% of the American hospital market, an…READ MORE


Brookings Institution scholars give meaningful use good marks, but say it needs more work
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Mar 5 2015

Meaningful use has overall been a positive force for digitizing U.S. healthcare, but the EHR incentive program and its federal overseers still must overcome major problems if the promise of health IT is to be fulfilled.

That’s the core message embodied in a succinct Brookings position paper pub…READ MORE


Common data visualizations for healthcare organizations
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Mar 4 2015

Guest post by Zach Watson, content manager, TechnologyAdvice

For large healthcare organizations, aggregating and analyzing data isn’t sufficient to improve business and care performance. Accountable care organizations, patient-centered medical homes, and other new models of care delivery require …READ MORE


End-to-end ICD-10 testing mostly free of coding errors
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Mar 3 2015

Only 3% of ICD-10 claims submitted to CMS during a nine-day test were rejected. There were 661 providers, clearinghouses and billing agencies that participated and 1,400 were registered to test the soon-to-be implemented medical coding set. Here is a statistical breakdown of CMS’ ICD-10 testing, whi…READ MORE


Federal healthcare leaders: Let technology loose in precision medicine battle against cancer
Posted in Health IT Pulse by Scott Wallask last updated Feb 27 2015

In talking to researchers at pharmaceutical companies and universities, you’ll often hear them describe cancer treatment as the prototype for precision medicine because there are so many variations of the illness.

Looked at another way, cancer cases offer up a lot of medical data.

So it’s no s…READ MORE


FDA takes hands-off approach to wellness devices
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Feb 25 2015

If you have a pacemaker in your chest, the FDA wants to make sure the device works correctly. But if you want to wear a Fitbit, the agency will leave you alone.

In another sign that the FDA intends to assume a markedly hands-off policy when it comes to the wellness devices and programs that are p…READ MORE


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