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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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Amid staff changes and departmental reshufflings, the ONC can point to one sustained national health IT success: Physician adoption of e-proscribing software. All U.S. states have physicians e-prescribing through EHRs at a rate greater than 40%. The national average for e-prescribing is 70% — a per…READ MORE
Two-factor authentication a must for cloud health IT
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jul 11 2014
Two-factor authentication – using a second identifier beyond a password to access data, be it a smartphone text code, retinal scan, fingerprint, DNA sample or other pound of flesh — has been discussed as a mandate in meaningful use for years, the latest in 2013 as federal advisory committees mull…READ MORE