Health IT Pulse:

August, 2014


August 28, 2014  3:04 PM

CMS releases EHR “randomizer” for meaningful use stage 2 criteria

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
CCDA, EHR, meaningful use stage 2

CMS and ONC are encouraging providers to use the provider user guide for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) EHR Randomizer software, a tool that aims to help providers meet the

August 27, 2014  1:52 PM

Study: Data analytics for population health management still in infancy

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Chilmark Research, Data Analytics, population health management

The hot field of using data analytics to divine medical trends as part of population health management, while seeing strong growth, is still in its formative stages, according to a new report from Chilmark Research. The Cambridge, Massachusetts firm...


August 26, 2014  1:15 PM

Todd Park expected to leave U.S. CTO post by end of 2014

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Blue Button, healthcare.gov, Todd Park

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is expected to step down by year's end -- according to a report from Fortune.com. Park has served in his position since 2012 when he was appointed by President Barack Obama, replacing Aneesh Chopra....


August 22, 2014  10:26 AM

When will U.S. healthcare learn to safeguard patient data?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
data breaches, health data security, HIPAA, patient data, patient privacy

The revelation this week that a Community Health Systems, Inc. patient data breach affected 4.5 million people was difficult to accept. What's...


August 20, 2014  4:15 PM

FDA issues gender guidance in medical device testing

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
demographic reporting, draft guidance, FDA, medical devices

The FDA has waded into gender issues in studying the safety of medical devices. The agency – which effectively deregulated consumer health...

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August 19, 2014  10:19 AM

Protected health information breach exposes data of 4.5 million patients

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data breach, PHI

Hackers compromised the protected health information of 4.5 million patients of Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, Inc. in April and June of...


August 13, 2014  1:36 PM

Office of Civil Rights readies second round of HIPAA audits

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA compliance audits, OCR, Open Payments

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of Human Rights is preparing to launch a second, more ambitious round of HIPAA audits. For the first time the audits will include business associates of HIPAA covered entities. They also could result in enforcement penalties for...


August 12, 2014  4:12 PM

New site to collect feedback on healthcare interoperability plan

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
health information exchange, health IT policy committee, Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo

In an act of teamwork in line with their goal of industry-wide cooperation, Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the national coordinator for health IT, and Erica Galvez, the ONC's interoperability and exchange portfolio manager, co-authored a blog post introducing an interactive Website built to solicit public...


August 7, 2014  11:02 AM

The potential of mHealth apps — in stats

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
mHealth, mHealth applications, Mobile technology

BOSTON -- Adam Landman, M.D., chief medical information officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is convinced of the potential of mHealth apps. He's also in favor of establishing strong...


August 6, 2014  10:24 AM

Bipolar disorder most popular health mobile search

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
bipolar disorder, desktop search, mobile search

Mobile searchers look for information about bipolar disorder more often than any other medical issue, according to new research by Internet marketing firm PageScience. Mobile searchers look for information about bipolar disorder more often...


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