Health IT Pulse:

August, 2013

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August 29, 2013  10:58 AM

Mobile devices driving healthcare desktop virtualization growth

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
BAA, business associate agreement, desktop vitualization, HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, HIT cloud, VDI

The number of server-hosted virtual desktops in healthcare is up 39% compared to last year, and server-based computing is up 23%. Furthermore, 30% of 211 IT leaders responding to a survey from Imprivata indicated that they

August 27, 2013  1:12 PM

Missouri announces opening of state HIE

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIE, NHIN, state HIEs

More than 7,000 physicians, 62 hospitals and 350 clinics in Missouri and neighboring states will have access to its newly opened statewide HIE. The announcement, made by the Missouri Health Connection (MHC), details the state's vendor-neutral approach to data exchange, which allows physicians to...


August 20, 2013  2:19 PM

HIMSS requests extension to meet requirements for stage 2 of meaningful use

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Farzad Mostashari, HIMSS, Kathleen Sebelius, Marilyn Tavenner, meaningful use attestation, meaningful use stage 2

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is asking  healthcare officials to extend the attestation period for stage 2 of meaningful use to 18 months, instead of the planned timeframe of a year. A formal


August 15, 2013  2:51 PM

Google Glass in healthcare? Maybe once cultural, privacy issues fixed

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Google, Google Glass, HIPAA

The Rock Health annual healthcare venture capital tech confab in San Francisco included a presentation on Google Glass's potential as an assistive technology for surgeons and other physicians. At first blush, it seems like an...


August 14, 2013  11:00 AM

CMS solicits comment on publicizing physician Medicare reimbursements

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR safety, medicare, Medicare payments, medicare reimbursement, sequester

CMS has issued a request for public comment on how to create "the most appropriate" policies for disclosing individual physician Medicare reimbursement payment data. Earlier this year, A Florida federal district court lifted an injunction from 1979 that prevented the Department of Health,...


August 9, 2013  11:06 AM

Dr. Mostashari, care coordination really stinks in my city

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
care coordination, Farzad Mostashari, Interoperability and health information exchange

Federal HIT coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D. made waves this week, announcing his resignation effective this fall. Tributes and accolades, all deserved, are rolling...


August 6, 2013  11:49 AM

MaineHealth closing down its eICU for lack of reimbursement

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
eICU, telehealth, Telemedicine

MaineHealth announced the closing of its VitalNetwork electronic intensive care unit (eICU) program, effective Oct. 1. The critical care remote monitoring system was used by nine Maine hospitals. The...


August 1, 2013  11:56 AM

ACO dropout rate concerning but it’s alpha testing healthcare’s future

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
accountable care organization, Affordable Care Act, Pioneer ACO Model, population health management

CMS announced that several Pioneer accountable care organizations (ACO) participants are changing their status to lower-risk, lower-reward plans, or even dropping out altogether. While many news outlets covered the story, the


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