Health IT Pulse:

May, 2014

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May 29, 2014  10:53 AM

Healthcare data breaches give providers a bad name, poor grades

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
data breaches, health care data breach, HIPAA omnibus rule

Healthcare has the lowest-rated security ranking of four major industries -- including retail, utilities and finance -- according to analysis done by BitSight Technologies. On a scale of 250 to 900, healthcare ended the first quarter of 2014 with a security score of 660 -- its highest valuation...

May 23, 2014  10:47 AM

Certified EHR technology to gain flexibility from ONC, CMS proposal

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
certified EHR technology, EHR, EHR certification

Beginning late last year, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) began publicizing their ideas for


May 20, 2014  2:44 PM

ONC renews deal with healthcare technology certification accreditor

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR certification, health IT certification, health IT standards, ONC

Between the ICD-10 delay and EHR certification becoming an annual process, change has ruled the last few months in health IT. A recent announcement may buck that trend and bring some continuity to the healthcare technology certification process.


May 15, 2014  11:00 AM

Home health technology to top $12 billion by 2016

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
mobile health technologies, remote patient monitoring, smartwatches, telehealth

Remotely monitoring patients and allowing more self-management of chronic conditions has been made possible by recent developments in home health technology. The trend is just beginning, if a recent market prediction...


May 7, 2014  3:07 PM

Dr. Google is in: Physicians consult search engines to support medical decisions

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
doctor-patient communication, Google

Many physicians are turning to the same place patients do when they have a medical query: search engines. Search engines are the Web-based resource most commonly consulted by physicians, according to a survey done by MedData Group. The survey distinguished between which Web resources were used to...


May 2, 2014  12:07 PM

Looks like ICD-10 delay will be until Oct. 1, 2015

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
AHIMA, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation

The final date for the U.S. healthcare system switching over to ICD-10 looks to be Oct. 1, 2015, if CMS's signaling it will write that into an interim final rule proposal this week. The...


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