Health IT Pulse:

July, 2010


July 30, 2010  12:31 PM

Breach notification final rule withdrawn from OMB review

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
breach notification, HIPAA violations

Health care officials have been waiting months for federal officials to finalize the breach notification final rule. That wait will continue, though...

July 29, 2010  10:00 AM

New AHRQ site provides publications, resources on medical home model

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, Telemedicine

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced the launch of a new website dedicated to providing objective information about the medical home model to policymakers and researchers. The AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Home...

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July 28, 2010  9:23 AM

FTC, HHS tag-team on Rite Aid for HIPAA violations

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
FTC, FTC Act, hhs, HIPAA, HIPAA violations, privacy, Rite aid, Security

Rite Aid Corp. agreed to pay $1 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for HIPAA violations stemming from it tossing pill bottles containing patient information into unsecured dumpsters outside its...


July 27, 2010  8:12 AM

Medical homes and meaningful use — one and the same?

JeanD Profile: JeanD
AHRQ, Meaningful use, medical home

Health information technology has a role to play in establishing and maintaining the medical home model, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is exploring what that role might be. The agency has created the patient-centered...

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July 26, 2010  7:50 AM

Microsoft Amalga HIS, we hardly knew ye

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
hospital information systems, Microsoft Amalga

Microsoft's hospital information system, Amalga HIS, is dead, reports John Moore of Chilmark Research. For a number of reasons, Moore is not surprised -- Amalga HIS has a whopping six customers...


July 22, 2010  1:06 PM

ONC announces effort to strengthen health IT security

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
data breaches, Data Loss Prevention, EHR security, health IT security, ONC

This week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology announced it has launched a set of initiatives to improve the overall state of health IT security. The ONC's...


July 21, 2010  10:55 AM

CIOs: Meaningful use final rule will qualify more for incentives

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ARRA, CHIME, CMS, Compliance, CPOE, EHR, electronic health records, EMR, health care, Healthcare, hhs, hitech, incentives, Meaningful use, meaningful use final rule, medicaid, medicare

Like all stakeholders in the health care world who are rolling out or upgrading electronic health record (EHR) systems, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is still parsing the 1,100 pages of


July 20, 2010  8:34 AM

Cost of health information exchange? Nothing more than an iPhone app

JeanD Profile: JeanD
health information exchange

How much will it cost to implement health information exchange processes? According to one federal council, not that much, really. Compared with the billions the...


July 19, 2010  6:40 AM

Cloud-based Verizon HIE arrives, ready for all takers

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Cloud Computing, health information exchange, Verizon

Last week Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications, rolled out its cloud-based Verizon health information exchange (HIE), which it is ready to roll out nationwide. The...


July 15, 2010  1:45 PM

ONC leader optimistic about achieving EHR meaningful use

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
CMS, electronic health records, meaningful use final rule, ONC

This week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology released the final rule for demonstrating EHR meaningful use in order to receive incentive funds under the American...


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