Health IT Pulse:

August, 2011


August 31, 2011  11:50 AM

ANSI opens EHR certification; AHIMA, ANSI ally on HIT standards

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AHIMA, ANSI, EHR, EHR certification, EMR, Meaningful use

At long last, permanent EHR certification is on track. Vendors, hospitals and ambulatory physicians now know the process has begun in earnest -- a key step in unlocking all those...

August 30, 2011  12:32 PM

No time like the present to create a health care social media policy

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
CDC, patient data security, social media, Veterans Affairs

Last week's East Coast earthquake proved the power of social media to report disasters, as millions took to Twitter and Facebook to report that they felt the earth move under their...


August 25, 2011  12:23 PM

Comments requested for federal plan to reduce disparities in health IT

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
Health IT, health IT disparities, health IT strategic plan

Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) unveiled its 80-page health IT strategic plan, which states that the...


August 24, 2011  11:59 AM

AAFP patient portal service for small physicians goes live

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
AAFP, AHRQ, CAHPS, patient portal, quality reporting

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant Small practices across the country face many challenges in meeting meaningful use requirements. Separated from large hospitals or research institutions, these...


August 23, 2011  11:57 AM

Ten tips for improving mobile device security in hospitals

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, Meaningful use, mobile health, mobile health technologies, Privacy and security

In order to comply with HIPAA and the HITECH Act, it's imperative to combat mobile device loss, theft and physical damage. Rebecca Herold, an information privacy, security and compliance consultant who runs Rebecca Herold & Associates LLC,...


August 22, 2011  12:22 PM

Quality reporting standards nearly set for stage 2

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Health IT Standards Committee, LOINC, quality measure reporting, RxNorm, SNOMED CT

The Health IT Standards Committee is prepared to recommend a set of so-called vocabulary standards for the quality reporting measures required for demonstrating the meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems. According to


August 19, 2011  10:52 AM

Insulin pump hack reveals lack of medical device security

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
medical device security, medical devices, wireless medical devices

A security researcher who presented at this year's Black Hat security conference caused quite a stir when he showed audience members that he was able to hack into his own insulin pump. Jay Radcliffe is a cyber threat...


August 17, 2011  11:38 AM

Universal patient identifiers: Get them done, now

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR system, Patient ID, universal patient identifiers

My name is Don Fluckinger. My pals and work colleagues will likely confirm that I am, er, a unique individual. Last I checked, I'm the only Don Fluckinger on Facebook, which makes me a popular guy, a conduit for all the John Smiths I went to school with looking to friend our mutual pal Jim...


August 16, 2011  11:38 AM

Barriers persist in harmonizing EHR systems with substance use disorders

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR, electronic health records, Interoperability

In terms of coordination of care and health information exchange, the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) are not on the same level as mainstream health care. However, the development of harmonized electronic health record (EHR) systems could help level SUD coordination, according to a


August 15, 2011  1:05 PM

Don’t forget to train medical students on EHR use

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR implementation, EHR security, HIMSS, workflow analysis

Medical students working in a hospital setting must be trained on many things, but one job requirement that is often forgotten is electronic health record (EHR) use. The consequences of neglecting this training reach far and wide, from medical errors to data breaches (unintentional or...


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