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August 20, 2014
CMS brings the Open Payments site back online after an ID mix-up involving physician data prompted a review; some data won't be made public pending further investigation.
August 05, 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services went live with a site that has materials to guide patients through every step of the care process, from researching to scheduling a visit to following up.
July 28, 2014
State medical boards' varying policies, beholden to state legislatures, make telemedicine licensure a complicated science. At least for companies who want to extend practice beyond their home state.
June 27, 2014
We sat down with outgoing ONC Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts, who may surprise you with perspectives on health data security, patient privacy and her next act, post-ONC.
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The Blue Button initiative is a national program that allows patients to access and download personal health information into a simple text file or PDF that contains all of the personal medical data or it can be separated by data class or by date ... Continue Reading
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The ONC's outgoing Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts granted us an exit interview, and pulled no punches discussing very real health data security risks everywhere, including mobile health apps. Continue Reading
An ACO survey shows ACOs are mostly physician-run; they're doing well, but still have workflow and data analytics challenges to overcome. Continue Reading
Building off providers' knowledge of social media tools could lead to more collaborative care and boost ACO participation. Continue Reading
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National health IT coordinator Karen DeSalvo lays out the challenges facing public health and how data analytics can help conquer them. Continue Reading
Karen DeSalvo, the National Health IT coordinator, talks about what brought her to the ONC and how her experiences will inform her tenure there. Continue Reading
Physician EHR incentives for using health IT paved the way for new healthcare trends aimed at improving health and lowering costs. Continue Reading
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Read why providers should act now and not stall their ICD-10 implementation plans just because the deadline was extended another year. Continue Reading
Healthcare analytics is making headway but organizations can do more to adopt big data technology and embark on quality improvement initiatives. Continue Reading
In stretching out deadlines for stage 2 and delaying the stage 3 start, ONC benefits vendors, providers and itself. Continue Reading