Health IT Pulse:

February, 2013


February 28, 2013  4:08 PM

OIG: Too many hospitals have weak PHI security, HIPAA compliance

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Encryption, HIPAA Compliance, OIG, PHI, Security

While few health care providers intentionally put protected health information (PHI) at risk, many are careless and fail to take adequate measures to actively protect sensitive data, leading to HIPAA compliance problems. That is the message of a

February 27, 2013  12:21 PM

Study reveals docs’ poor meaningful use adoption

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, Meaningful use, meaningful use incentives

Preliminary results from a study on meaningful use adoption published in the Feb. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reveal some startling results, none more than the 12.2% adoption rate among the country's half-million eligible physicians, including single-digit attestation...


February 26, 2013  12:09 PM

CMS hands out nearly $300 million for health care innovation awards

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
ACO, CMS, HIE, RHIO, state HIEs

Nearly $300 million will be awarded to states as the first recipients of the state innovation model awards, funded through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services....


February 22, 2013  2:25 PM

Cerner, McKesson CEOs to hold court at HIMSS 2013

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Cerner, EHR vendor, HIMSS 2013, Interoperability, mckesson

Putting two and two together, we're guessing that we're about 10 days away from the announcement of a historic Cerner-McKesson interoperability agreement. Something's afoot


February 21, 2013  2:27 PM

EHR market to face major disruption before year’s end

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Cerner, EHR vendor, Epic, mckesson, Meaningful use, Vendor selection

The EHR industry could be at a turning point, as a new survey from Black Book Rankings indicates that many current users are unhappy with their systems and are considering swapping vendors. Where the industry goes from there is anyone's guess, but it could have long-lasting implications for the EHR...


February 20, 2013  2:29 PM

Kinect use in health care might yield cost savings

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Microsoft Kinect, Telemedicine, telemedicine technology

Microsoft Corp.'s Kinect gaming system allows people to jump, throw darts, slay droids with lightsabers and participate in real-time Zumba dance classes, but a new report points out the device might also be a cost-saving boon to the practice of telemedicine. Telemedicine systems can cost tens of...


February 19, 2013  11:48 AM

Children’s EHR format guides developers, policymakers alike

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
AHRQ, children's EHR, CHIPRA, CMS, EHR

There’s a new EHR data standard in town. Last week, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a child-specific EHR format that outlines functionality items...


February 14, 2013  2:57 PM

Patient-generated data standards: Stage 3 meaningful use?

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Doug Fridsma, health IT policy committee, Meaningful use, meaningful use stage 3, ONC

The Health IT Policy Committee put patient-generated data on the agenda when it included a provision in its stage 3 meaningful use request for...

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February 12, 2013  12:38 PM

Health care fraud program recovered over $4 billion in 2012

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, health care fraud, health care social media, hhs, social media, upcoding

The government recovered $7.90 for every $1 they spent on health care fraud over the past three years. The three year average return on investment is the highest in the history of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program,


February 7, 2013  4:54 PM

Mostashari warns of tighter EHR regulations if vendors don’t improve

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Farzad Mostashari, health IT policy committee, Meaningful use

U.S. National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, M.D., has a message to EHR vendors who put profits ahead of care quality: stricter EHR regulations may be...


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