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Meaningful use program Stage 3 inches nearer to approval

The draft regulatory language of Stage 3 of the meaningful use program, scheduled to start in 2017, has been submitted for review to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. The rules, submitted

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Human-computer interactions: what happened during September’s Texas Ebola misdiagnosis?

A new report on what went wrong in the processing of the late Thomas Eric Duncan upon his first visit to the emergency room proposes that a combination of human and computer errors was responsible. A team of medical informaticists

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Medical info now 10 times more valuable than financial data on the black market

Credit card numbers have dropped precipitously in value in recent years as PHI replaces it on the underground market. Why? Cyber criminals use the PHI to engage in medical fraud which, because of its complexity, may continue undetected for years.

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FDA issues final guidance to medical device makers on cybersecurity

In its final guidance issued last week, the Food and Drug Administration is requesting that device makers assess what information hackers might target in connection with their devices, how hackers might attempt to access the information, and how device makers

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Techies invade HIT market: is their unfamiliarity with healthcare industry obstacle or advantage?

Until recently, healthcare software has been developed by IT professionals grounded in the healthcare industry. The latest arrivals to HIT development come from a range of non-healthcare industries. The vendor of one new product currently on the HIT market last

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Billions at risk as providers face Stage 2 hurdle

An impressive number of healthcare providers met Stage 1 requirements and qualified for EHR payments in 2011 and 2012 – some 170,000. Of these providers, who are therefore eligible to continue in the EHR incentive program, only about 4% appear

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ONC’s EHR security provisions inadequate says OIG

Healthcare providers cannot attest to meaningful use unless they use certified EHR software. Providers purchasing certified EHR software tend to assume that a certified EHR has been rigorously tested and can be counted on to ensure protection of patient data.

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New report: EHRs not immune to technical, human error; rigorous monitoring essential

A report just published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association asserts that even if EHRs were not still relatively new, they are not exempt from the glitches all software can be prone to.  Researchers evaluated data from

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Stage 2-ready software delays prompt CMS to postpone Stage 2 deadline

While vendors were able to supply the software needed for healthcare providers to comply with Stage 1 of the EHR incentive program, they are experiencing delays in developing the software needed for Stage 2 meaningful use compliance.  In response to

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Rural providers cope with HIT staffing deficits

If compliance with ONC regulations is challenging for healthcare providers in urban areas, with high concentrations of IT professionals, it is especially challenging for rural providers where IT resources in the form of human capital are scarce.  The federal government’s

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Software to ease ICD-10 transition: providers consider the options

Congress’ decision this spring to delay the ICD-10 deadline has given healthcare providers some extra breathing space to make the transition, but many are seeking additional help in the form of new “language-to-code” translation software. Via Modern Healthcare: Despite the

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Telemed regs currently discourage telemed, say stakeholders

A group made up of accountable care organizations, telehealth technology vendors, and professional associations has issued a statement to the Department of Health and Human Services decrying the lack of cohesion in the body of regulations governing telemedicine at the

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Montana hospital one of first to sue vendor in court over non-compliant EHR system

Healthcare providers face many challenges in trying to keep up with ever more rigorous requirements for EHR software compliance.  EHR software vendors seem to be struggling, too, in many cases causing their clients to fail the federal EHR certification requirements, thereby

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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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HHS Inspector General: Medicare EHR incentive program lacks adequate safeguards against error and fraud

The HHS Inspector General this week reported the results of its recent investigation to “verify the accuracy of professionals’ and hospitals’ self-reported meaningful-use information, as well as eligibility and payment amounts.”   The investigation reviewed payments issued from May through December

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