Health IT Pulse:

July, 2014


July 31, 2014  1:53 PM

Behavioral health providers lobby Congress for meaningful use inclusion

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AMA, behavioral health, certified EHR technology, EHR incentive program

While some lobbyists and healthcare associations such as the American Medical Association are using meaningful use rollouts, schedules, criteria and incentive program administration as a political battering ram this summer, behavioral health providers are knocking on the door of the federal EHR...

July 30, 2014  12:48 PM

VNA CIO discourses on future of telehealth

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Data Analytics, homecare, smart beds, telehealth

Hugh Hale, CIO and senior vice president, information technology, of Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a veteran of three decades in the healthcare and tech businesses, says about the pace of technological advancement in telehealth and medical care today: "This...


July 29, 2014  1:01 PM

Physician licensure compact revisions accommodate rise of telemedicine

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
mHealth, Telemedicine, telemedicine services

The Federation of State Medical Boards, a nonprofit organization representing all of the 70 medical and osteopathic boards across U.S. states and territories, released an


July 25, 2014  2:59 PM

Congress puts ICD-10 delay under scrutiny

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR safety, EHR usability, ICD-10, ICD-10 delay

Meaningful use and EHR safety are in Washington lawmakers' sights, as we've highlighted recently in a story and a


July 24, 2014  11:58 AM

EHR safety battle could be looming

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CDC, EHR, EHR safety, interoper

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Senate are examining the matter of EHR safety and preventing errors. That's nothing new. But, as they tie into matters of meaningful use, these fresh


July 23, 2014  12:08 PM

Substance abuse research comes to social media

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data Analytics, drug diversion, drug tracking

For those trying to track and shut down the spread of illicit drugs, there may be no need to hit the streets. A developing product, the National Drug Early Warning System, will help health experts scan social media to spot and combat...


July 21, 2014  4:04 PM

American Medical Association blasts meaningful use guidelines

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AMA, EHR attestation process, Meaningful use

The American Medical Association is blasting the federal government's proposed changes to the EHR meaningful use incentive program for 2014. "The proposed rule does not address our overarching concern with the MU program, which is the "all-or-nothing" mandate on physicians, James Madara, M.D.,...


July 16, 2014  2:13 PM

Doctors must register now to dispute Open Payments info

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
conflicts of interest, Open Payments, sunshine act, Transparency

It’s decision time for doctors. At least it is for those docs and teaching hospitals that will dispute or think they may want to dispute public postings of certain payments or items of value given to them by drug manufacturers and makers of medical and biomedical devices as stipulated by the


July 16, 2014  12:28 PM

National use of e-prescribing software hits 70%

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
e-prescribing, e-Rx, ONC

Amid staff changes and departmental reshufflings,...


July 11, 2014  12:02 PM

Two-factor authentication a must for cloud health IT

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
cloud implementation, EHR security, HIT cloud, Meaningful use, multifactor authentication, Two factor authentication

Two-factor authentication – using a second identifier beyond a password to access data, be it a smartphone text code, retinal scan, fingerprint, DNA sample or other pound of flesh -- has been discussed as a mandate in meaningful use for years, the latest in 2013 as federal advisory committees...


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