Health IT Pulse:

June, 2014

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June 27, 2014  1:53 PM

Was your EHR vendor late? Applying for hardship exceptions ends soon

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
athenahealth, EHR, hardship exceptions, Meaningful use, meaningful use attestation

Sometimes, for us word people, government-speak sounds like a foreign language and looks just plain absurd. Here's the latest, get this: The hardship exception application deadline is...

June 25, 2014  4:08 PM

Ponemon-Informatica survey pinpoints health data breach worries, security strengths

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
data architects, Data breach, sensitive data

Relatively few healthcare IT leaders think patient data is at risk, according to a sizeable slice of respondents to a new Ponemon Institute global


June 24, 2014  11:01 AM

FDA guidance steers clear of regulating medical device data systems

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
FDA, medical device regulation, medical devices, mobile medical apps

Healthcare providers can breathe a sigh of relief after the FDA passed up a chance to throw another health IT requirement their way. The FDA issued draft guidance saying they will not enforce any regulations that apply to medical device data systems (MDDS), medical image storage devices, and...


June 20, 2014  12:40 PM

2014 so far a bumpy stretch for Cerner Corp.

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
EHR, EHR implementation, EHR systems

These have been turbulent times for Cerner Corp. The Kansas City-based health IT monolith’s latest predicament unfolded behind closed doors when Ventura County, California grand jurors found that Cerner knew the county...


June 18, 2014  3:58 PM

CMS releases more granular meaningful use stage 2 attestation numbers

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Karen DeSalvo, meaningful use attestation, meaningful use stage 2

CMS released more vendor-specific numbers on meaningful use stage 2 attestation, after


June 17, 2014  3:14 PM

Letters to HHS secretary push for approval of telemedicine services

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIMSS, Sylvia Burwell, Telemedicine

Two letters addressed to Sylvia Burwell sent more than congratulations to the recently-confirmed HHS secretary. Both messages urge Burwell and HHS to remove restrictions that limit...


June 13, 2014  11:45 AM

Meaningful use stage 2 attestations creep forward

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
ICD-10, meaningful use attestation, meaningful use stage 2, meaningful use stage 3

According to CMS numbers publicized at a June Health IT Policy Committee meeting, meaningful use stage 2 attestation is happening. How deep into the U.S. healthcare provider market it will penetrate is still up for speculation and debate. But there's no denying it's underway, and the...


June 12, 2014  10:45 AM

DeSalvo’s 10-year health data interoperability plan: Can it work?

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo

Let’s see what impact, if any, national health IT coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D.'s ambitious 10-year health data interoperability plan has on healthcare providers, consumers and IT vendors. The...


June 11, 2014  10:49 AM

Health IT tops healthcare investment list for 2014

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR implementation, Health IT

Hospitals have health IT at the top of their to-do lists in 2014, as evidenced by responses of executives to an online survey. Nearly half (49%) of C-suite executives, representing 112 hospitals in 32 states, stated that their facilities'


June 4, 2014  1:59 PM

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT reorganizes departments

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HITECH Act, Karen DeSalvo, ONC

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is consolidating 17 offices down to 10 that will report to the National Coordinator for Health IT,


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