Health IT Pulse:

September, 2014


September 30, 2014  1:54 PM

Number of data breach response teams rises along with threats

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data breach, Data-security

The most effective efforts to limit the damage inflicted by a data breach start before an incident occurs. This is something that security pros in many industries, including healthcare, have observed. Their desire to proactively temper the effects of security incidents is

September 29, 2014  3:07 PM

White hat hackers test Healthcare.gov data security

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Affordable Care Act, health care data breach, health data security, healthcare.gov

Which do you want first on federal health insurance exchange sites initiated through the Affordable Care Act? The good news, or the bad news? It turns out that the feds employed white hat...


September 25, 2014  3:23 PM

CMS FAQs clarify meaningful use attestation rules

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
CQMs, EHR incentive program, EHR incentives, meaningful use attestation, meaningful use stage 2

For providers working on stage 2 meaningful use attestation who have questions on criteria such as summary of care documents, clinical quality measures (CQMs) or when their EHR incentive checks will be in the mail, good...


September 24, 2014  3:09 PM

Patient portals work for family practices, journal study concludes

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Annals of Family Medicine, family practices, Meaningful use, patient portals

“By directly engaging patients to use a portal and supporting practices to integrate use into care, primary care practices can match or potentially surpass the usage rates achieved by large health systems.” That conclusion was reached by 11 medical researchers whose new


September 23, 2014  12:14 PM

Morton in, Fridsma out in separate ONC staff transactions

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Alicia Morton, CCHIT, Doug Fridsma, Karen DeSalvo, National Health IT Week, ONC

Months after restructuring its internal organization, the ONC now has to adjust to two recent major staff changes. U.S. Navy Capt. Alicia Morton was...


September 22, 2014  8:34 AM

Department of Homeland Security branch implements eClinicalWorks

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
EHR, EHR systems, health information exchange

Medical professionals who manage care at all 23 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities are now using eClinicalWorks' cloud EHR. The Massachusetts-based healthcare IT vendor...


September 18, 2014  3:43 PM

Republican congressman entertains hosts from across the health IT political divide

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
FDA, Interoperability, m-health, Meaningful use, ONC

Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D., is something of an anomaly: a Republican politician who more or less supports adoption of electronic health records and meaningful use. The key words here are “more or less.” One could say that the Texas lawmaker, who went into politics after 30 years as a...


September 17, 2014  9:46 AM

Report documents health data security HIPAA compliance issues

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
health data security, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA data breach

Data security consultant and research firm the SANS Institute estimates that millions of healthcare IT systems are compromised and fail to meet HIPAA's network security requirements in its Health Care Cyberthreat Report....


September 16, 2014  1:06 PM

National Health IT Week’s opening DeSalvo

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo, National Health IT Week, patient advocacy, Regina Holliday

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Even by-the-book objective journalists can get behind the idea of patient advocacy and consumer engagement. No matter how fair,...


September 16, 2014  10:56 AM

ONC releases final 2014 EHR certification criteria

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
certified EHR technology, EHR certification, EHR standards, Karen DeSalvo

Providers and technology developers working towards meeting 2014 Edition electronic health record certification standards now have revised and optional criteria to fit into their agendas, after the ONC released a final rule that updates 2014 requirements. The ONC also decided not to wholly adopt...


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