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  • August 25, 2016 25 Aug'16

    Members of CommonWell will enable patients to access health data

    If you're a patient of a hospital or physician that is using the technology of a CommonWell Health Alliance member—including Cerner Corp., athenahealth, Inc., and McKesson Corporation, to name a ...

  • August 19, 2016 19 Aug'16

    Many health and fitness apps lack privacy policies

    A recent study by the Future of Privacy Forum found that the top health and fitness apps lag behind other types of apps in terms of privacy policies -- only 70% of the top 100 health and fitness ...

  • August 17, 2016 17 Aug'16

    E-prescribing of controlled substances on sharp rise

    Electronic prescribing of controlled substances, or EPCS, such as opioids increased dramatically in 2015, according to Surescripts Inc., the national pharmacy IT network. ECPS is now allowed in all ...

  • August 12, 2016 12 Aug'16

    Karen DeSalvo, M.D., out as ONC national coordinator to focus on HHS

    In the waning days of the administration, ONC national coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., leaves ONC to focus full time on her other post as acting assistant HHS secretary for health.

  • August 10, 2016 10 Aug'16

    Dentists and meaningful use

    It may be time for dentists to sink their teeth into meaningful use. Dentists, while theoretically eligible for the federal EHR incentive program, have for the most part stayed away because there ...

  • August 05, 2016 05 Aug'16

    MHealth apps too complicated for vulnerable populations

    There's no denying that mHealth apps have the potential to help patients better manage their health. But according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San ...

  • July 29, 2016 29 Jul'16

    Intermountain becomes telehealth provider in a big way

    Utah's Intermountain Healthcare, one of the country's biggest health systems, has become a major provider of telehealth services, including direct to the consumer.

  • July 29, 2016 29 Jul'16

    Gender pay gap among health IT workers grows wider

    Female health IT professionals in the U.S. are paid less than their male counterparts, and the wage gap between the two has only grown larger over the past decade. In 2006, the average female ...

  • July 28, 2016 28 Jul'16

    Healthcare IT topics: Cloud, consumerization, wearables are hot

    Among the trending topics in health IT are cloud technology, consumerization of healthcare services and wearable devices, says SearchHealthIT editorial director Scott Wallask.

  • July 27, 2016 27 Jul'16

    Most hospitals say they have EHR disaster recovery plans

    While about a third of U.S. hospitals reported to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services that they don't have HIPAA-compliant EHR disaster recovery ...

  • July 22, 2016 22 Jul'16

    CMS releases overall hospital quality data

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing to unleash some stark numbers on care quality at individual hospitals across the country. But before CMS publishes those star ...

  • July 21, 2016 21 Jul'16

    Under HIPAA audit program, 167 healthcare organizations to be audited

    OCR has emailed notices to 167 healthcare organizations that they will be scrutinized under the HIPAA program for compliance with the law's privacy and security rules.

  • July 13, 2016 13 Jul'16

    Epic EHR installation a challenge for Massachusetts hospitals

    Challenges of Massachusetts hospitals' adoption of an EHR from Epic Systems Corp. and a federal health privacy official's Fitbit experience discussed in HIT Squad podcast.

  • July 06, 2016 06 Jul'16

    OCR gets tough with business associates

    With its levy of a $650,000 fine on a service provider of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into what appears ...

  • July 01, 2016 01 Jul'16

    ONC sets MACRA interoperability measures

    Responding to Congress' call last year to define health IT interoperability measures that Medicare providers must meet to receive reimbursement under new value-based models, ONC has published the ...

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