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Tagging technique keeps more sensitive portions of an EHR more private

State and federal privacy laws rigorously restrict sharing of mental health and other highly sensitive patient records.  A technique called “data tagging” may be key in facilitating health care providers’ compliance with these requirements. Via Modern Healthcare: Using off-the-shelf content

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ONC: no caps on per-provider EHR incentive payments

National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari has announced there is no cap on how much individual providers may receive in meaningful use incentive payouts, as long as they meet the requirements for the EHR incentive payments program.  According to

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EHR hackers turn to extortion

Hackers recently struck a small medical practice in suburban Chicago, encrypted the facility’s digital medical records, and then demanded a ransom payment in exchange for allowing the facility to regain access to its records. Medical industry observers note that this

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Advisory panel submits recommendations to HIT Policy Committee regarding health data exchanges

On August 19, 2010, the “tiger team” advisory panel submitted a letter to the HIT Policy Committee, established pursuant to the HITECH Act, proposing new safeguards for personally identifiable information on health information exchanges.  Via Bloomberg Business Week:       The recommendations

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Wall Street Journal on EMRs and HIEs

On April 13, 2010, the Wall Street Journal published two fascinating articles on health information technology issues.  In “Can Technology Cure Health Health Care?” author Jacob Goldstein examined the complexities and major risks of adopting electronic medical records.  Goldstein also suggested

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Obama administration announces $975M in HIT grants

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, appearing with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, announced the Obama administration will release almost $1 billion set aside in the stimulus bill in order to aid implementation of health information technology. Secretary Sebelius announced $386 million in grants

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n the news: Blumenthal on “meaningful use,” new health information management jobs, etc.

Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health IT, gave an update on the Obama Administration’s efforts to define “meaningful use” and to further adoption of EHRs nationwide.  Blumenthal did not reveal any new details regarding the upcoming regulations on

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Maryland awards $10M for CRISP, a health IT exchange

The State of Maryland awarded $10 million to support the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), a newly created health information technology exchange organization.  Some of  the biggest players in Maryland’s health care industry, including Johns Hopkins, MedStar and

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Study finds dramatic increase in operational HIEs

eHealth Initiative, an affiliation of organizations devoted to improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare through information technology, released its 2009 survey on Health Information Exchange (HIE), titled “Migrating Toward Meaningful Use: The State of Health Information Exchange.” The survey found many positive

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