Health IT Pulse:

December, 2012

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December 20, 2012  2:42 PM

Two reports fault CMS HIT initiatives for waste and inefficiency

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
CMS, gao, OIG, Pioneer ACO Model

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is having a bad week, as government watchdogs found fault with their HIT initiatives. On Monday the Government Accountability Office issued a report saying that the CMS Innovation Center needs to...

December 19, 2012  2:51 PM

ECRI Institute: Mixing up EHR data still top 2013 patient safety risk

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR data, EHR implementation, HIE, ONC, patient safety

"Many care decisions today are based on data in an EHR or other information  system," according to an ECRI Institute report on patient safety risks, "and incorrect data can result in incorrect treatment, potentially resulting in patient harm." "In addition, as EHR data flows through health...


December 18, 2012  12:52 PM

Accountable care organization model in the works by EHR-certifier

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
accountable care organizations, ACO, CCHIT, EHR certification, ONC

An IT model for accountable care organizations (ACOs) is being developed by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). CCHIT is authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to certify electronic health record products.


December 14, 2012  2:48 PM

No holiday cheer for compliance pros until HHS publishes HIPAA omnibus

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
HIPAA, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA security rule, HITECH Act, Meaningful use

Well here we are, nearing the end of a busy year in health IT. And while there have been many major developments in the industry over the last 12 months, one bit of unfinished business still hangs unresolved: the final HIPAA omnibus rule,


December 13, 2012  11:55 AM

ONC launches mobile-device HIPAA compliance guidance page

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
BYOD, HIPAA, mHealth, mobile device management, mobile health, ONC

At this week's ONC Annual Meeting, federal health IT authorities unveiled a new site offering guidance for physicians and hospitals to deal with HIPAA compliance in the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era. Smartphones, tablets and laptops might make administering health care more convenient and...


December 11, 2012  1:16 PM

Health care data breach history suggests future need for protection

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

Nearly 500 total data breaches, each affecting at least 500 patients have been reported in the past three years as required by the HITECH Act, according to


December 7, 2012  2:23 PM

Value may be most important consideration in mHealth adoption

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
mHealth, mHealth Summit

On the exhibition floor of the mHealth Summit, which wrapped up this week in Washington, DC, there were numerous app developers and device designers offering products promising to connect patients to their doctors, empower individuals to take better care of themselves and in the process lower...


December 6, 2012  5:02 PM

ONC, CMS issue revisions to meaningful use stage 2

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CMS, EHR certification, Meaningful use, meaningful use stage 2, ONC

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) along with CMS issued an interim final rule (IFR) this week – setting off a 60-day public comment period – making


December 4, 2012  12:53 PM

E-prescribing software use on the rise across the U.S.

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
clinical decision support, CMS, e-prescribing, mHealth

Nearly half (48%) of U.S. physicians are using e-prescribing software, up from only 7% of physicians in December 2008. All 50 states have had an increase in e-prescribing technology over that time,


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