Health IT Pulse:

October, 2012


October 31, 2012  10:22 AM

Users and designers should get involved in EHR usability, data output

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR systems, HIE, Interoperability and health information exchange, Uncategorized

CAMBRIDGE, MD -- Like many people I know, work friends can't be Facebook friends. I save my Facebook account for personal screeds on politics and religion and for sharing family pictures with interested friends and relatives separated by geography. Occasionally, however, the discussion turns to...

October 30, 2012  2:29 PM

Join SearchHealthIT’s mHealth policy session at the mHealth Summit

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIPAA Compliance, mHealth, mHealth Summit

Register for the SearchHealthIT.com media breakfast panel at the mHealth Summit in DC, Creating a Digital Policy for the New Mobile Health Ecosystem! Date: Wed, Dec. 5 Time: 7:30am -...


October 25, 2012  12:00 PM

Meaningful use regulation is on its way to becoming a partisan issue

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
CMS, EHR incentives, hhs, Meaningful use, Regulations

Here we go again. A group of four Republican Senators recently sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for a meeting to go over concerns they have with the meaningful use program. This...


October 24, 2012  12:46 PM

Medical devices next frontier for hackers, HIPAA security

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
health IT security, HIPAA, medical devices

Our HIT crystal ball has been flashing brightly lately, signaling the need for some sort of overhaul for FDA medical device regulations:

  • First, a few months back, a source mentioned in an interview that he's not as concerned about HIPAA compliance with Wi-Fi enabled medical devices that...


October 23, 2012  3:45 PM

Health information management funding continues to grow

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, health information management, mobile health, ONC

Many companies are transitioning their data online while exploring ways to keep costs to a minimum, which is aided by investing in health information management (HIM). To that end, health care IT venture capital funding continued its steady upward trend in the third quarter of 2012, with investors...


October 18, 2012  3:45 PM

Providers are still distracted by the ‘holy grail’ of EHR integration

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR implementation, EHR vendors, Integration

Health care providers may be enticed by a single vendor's ability to offer a complete, fully integrated IT system, but ultimately these systems may not offer the advantages doctors believe they will and may not exist in the first place. Last month I reported on the myth of


October 17, 2012  10:58 AM

State HIE: Where are we going with this, anyway?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
blasphemy, HIE, state HIEs

In Massachusetts style – which usually involves muskets going off and other shot-heard-round-the-world noise – Gov. Deval Patrick launched his state's HIway health information exchange Tuesday by sending his own...


October 16, 2012  11:51 AM

OIG: CMS fails to meet medical data breach reporting standards

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, Data breach, health care data breach, HITECH Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) failed to meet the HITECH Act’s standard for timeliness in reporting medical data breaches to beneficiaries in seven of 14 cases over a two year period, according to an Office of Inspector General report. CMS did notify all beneficiaries...


October 11, 2012  3:42 PM

Patient engagement provisions could raise security concerns

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Data breach, Data-security, HIPAA, Meaningful use, patient engagement

The requirements for physicians to offer patients online access to their records are among the most talked-about additions to the stage 2 meaningful use rules. But they could also carry the mother of all unintended...


October 10, 2012  10:48 AM

U.S. House leaders endanger patient safety with EHR incentive gambit

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use

In the fourth scene of the first act of Hamlet, Marcellus remarks that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. In examining the context, scholars feel Shakespeare didn't mean "state" in the sense of Danish geography. Instead he was referring to the rulers inhabiting Elsinore, the...


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