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EHR vendor loses ONC certification for two of its records systems

This week health care organizations were startled and not a little concerned to learn of the ONC’s unprecedented action with regards to a California health software company.  The agency is decertifying electronic health records systems which initially met ONC requirements for

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IT staffing shortage a chronic issue for health industry

The healthcare industry continues to face a greater deficit than ever in terms of qualified professionals to fill its ever-expanding information technology staffing needs. Via Modern Healthcare: Many U.S. healthcare companies – about 67% — report that they’re struggling to

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“Health IT Law” blogger Steven J. Fox featured in “Healthcare Informatics” article

Negotiating favorable contracts with IT vendors requires skill and determination on the part of healthcare providers, on a playing field that currently favors vendors.  Blawger Steven J. Fox and three healthcare IT leaders share their insights in this in-depth article. See

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Health care digitization enriches software industry

The health IT industry’s pitch to Congress, and to the public, was that health care would be transformed through digitization, and that the shift to electronic records would result in huge health care savings.  Four years after the passage of ARRA

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Family doctor EHR use up although use varies by location

The Annals of Family Medicine reports that although use of electronic health records has not increased significantly in all regions, it has risen dramatically nationwide in the last few years. Via Modern Healthcare: The number of family physicians who have

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Mostashari urges HIT vendors to conduct themselves ethically

Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, believes most HIT vendors operate in good faith.  At a recent meeting, however, Mostashari stated that he will be testing organized peer pressure as a means of bringing more ethically problematic vendors into line,

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HIPAA Transaction Rules Compliance Enforcement Delayed Until April 2013

HHS has announced a long-awaited omnibus final rule that implements a number of provisions of the HITECH Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the “Stimulus Bill,” to strengthen the privacy

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EHR access lost during Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy this week tested East Coast health care systems’ electronic infrastructure.  Emergency preparedness plans were implemented fairly successfully for most health care facilities, allowing them to continue to operate adequately.  Others, however, were negatively impacted, including some which lost access

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Public-private group, eHealth Exchange, to oversee development of health info network

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is passing management of the Nationwide Health Information Network to a coalition of public and private health care organizations. Via Modern Healthcare: Following last month’s announcement that “now is not

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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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ONC announces five organizations to serve as EHR certifiers

In preparation for the launching of ONC’s permanent EHR system testing and certification program, part of the EHR incentive payment initiative, ONC has authorized five groups as permanent EHR certifiers. Via Modern Healthcare: Even though the new regime for testing

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Cybersecurity risk management by boards and senior executives: 12 recommendations

According to Forbes, a recent Carnegie Mellon study has found that corporate boards “are not actively addressing cyber risk management.”  The researchers collected data from corporations worldwide and across all industrial sectors, and found that while boards actively attend to risk

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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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Patient-accessible electronic medical records may increase preventive care

Patients increased their preventive care significantly after being given access to their medical records online in a recent study.  These health care consumers’ use of preventive care measures such as cancer screenings, and immunizations, were higher than those of consumers

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