Health IT Pulse:

January, 2013


January 31, 2013  5:49 PM

EHRs aren’t ready for quality reporting, undermining reform efforts

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
ACO, clinical quality measures, EHR, health reform, Meaningful use, quality reporting

Currently available electronic health record systems are not capable of accurately capturing and reporting clinical quality data, according to a new comment letter from the College of Healthcare...

January 30, 2013  4:08 PM

HIPAA enforcement: Can Google be liable as a business associate?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA violations

What do attorneys and compliance experts have to do between now – just weeks after the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the new HIPAA enforcement rule – and...


January 29, 2013  1:24 PM

Robots in health care: FDA approves monitoring device

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
telehealth, Telemedicine, telemedicine technology

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the “first autonomous navigation remote presence robot” for use in hospitals. The robot was jointly created by iRobot Corp. and InTouch Health. The robot, known as RP-VITA, will foster remote patient consultations and give doctors the ability to...


January 25, 2013  2:15 PM

AAMI and FDA jointly issue device interoperability breakdown

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
AAMI, device interoperability, FDA, Interoperability, medical device security

In their report “Medical Device Interoperability: A Safer Path Forward,” the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) garner information from the 2012 AAMI and FDA Interoperability Summit to address safety issues in connecting...


January 24, 2013  3:38 PM

Health care providers have few secure file sharing sites

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Data breach, file sharing, HIPAA, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA security

Medical professionals need ways to share files with one another. The problem is that popular file sharing sites like Dropbox and email...


January 23, 2013  5:13 PM

HIPAA omnibus rule’s comment responses shed light on rulemaking

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, OCR, Office for Civil Rights

As first reported in our story on the HIPAA omnibus rule earlier this week, if patients ask to have their health data sent via unencrypted email, it's not the health care...


January 22, 2013  11:55 AM

Doctors offer critical opinion of online physician review

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, health IT workforce, ONC, Physician ranking

Only 12% of physicians believe websites where patients can review doctors are useful and should be made more available to patients, according to a study by the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). A majority...


January 18, 2013  12:29 PM

CMS publishes meaningful use for specialists tipsheet

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
CMS, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use, specialist

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognize that “not every meaningful use measure applies to every provider,” and some of the original policy architects have noted that the criteria were written with primary care more in mind than specialties. To help specialists understand...


January 17, 2013  4:36 PM

Stage 3 meaningful use proposals draw criticism, applause

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
american hospital association, american medical association, CHIME, meaningful use stage 3

The comment period for the Health IT Policy Committee's stage 3 meaningful use recommendations passed this week. Several professional groups took...


January 16, 2013  4:04 PM

HIMSS Analytics stats show meaningful use program is working

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, HIMSS Analytics, Meaningful use

The research wing of the Health Information Management Systems Society, HIMSS Analytics, released new stats that show the EHR incentive program is doing what it set out to do -- increase adoption of EHR systems among U.S. physicians. This is good news


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