Health IT Pulse:

November, 2011


November 14, 2011  9:52 AM

Franken wants stricter health care data breach penalties

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
data breaches, HIPAA audits, HIPAA violations, PHI encryption

Two years ago, the HITECH Act toughened health care data breach penalties significantly. It seemed HIPAA finally had enough teeth for the industry to take it seriously. Perhaps not....

November 10, 2011  12:46 PM

OCR to begin random audits for HIPAA compliance

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
HIPAA audits, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA violations, Office for Civil Rights

Until recently, a health care organization's HIPAA compliance was put to the test only when a patient specifically filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  But the


November 9, 2011  1:02 PM

10 things you need to know from the IOM HIT safety report

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
adverse event reporting, EHR security, FDA, IOM, ONC

Research is inconclusive about how safe health IT is for patients overall -- and poorly designed software can cause errors in an already complex national system of health care delivery -- making government oversight of HIT safety and serious adverse events (death serious injury and unsafe...


November 8, 2011  12:38 PM

HIPAA mandates the catalyst for increased IT budgets, more technology

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
health information exchange, health IT security, HIPAA

The fourth annual HIMSS Security Survey showed that half of respondents spend 3% or less of overall IT budgets on


November 7, 2011  1:37 PM

Permanent EHR certification program delayed

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
EHR certification, Meaningful use, ONC-ACTB

The permanent EHR certification program has been delayed, ONC has announced, stating that there would not be enough accredited EHR software testing laboratories to move forward as planned on Jan. 1,...


November 3, 2011  12:36 PM

Take this EHR and shove it: Why EHR training is important

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
EHR implementation, EHR training, EHR usability

The conversion from paper to electronic health records (EHRs) taking place in the U.S. health care industry is a massive undertaking that's bound to have some fallout. One of the most unfortunate forms of this fallout is the loss of physicians who are too close to retirement to bother with the...


November 2, 2011  10:54 AM

CHIME, HIMSS surveys gauge nation’s meaningful use prep

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR adoption, EHR attestation process, EHR incentive program, EMR, HIMSS, HIMSS Analytics

Feeling left behind in the Health IT rat race? Don't. Two new surveys of hospital CIOs show that few hospitals are really ready for meaningful use, but most are striving to get there. They also provide a yardstick from which you can measure your own facility's progress. The College of Healthcare...


November 1, 2011  9:55 AM

Protection for Medicare, Medicaid physicians to increase EHR adoption?

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
EHR, EHR adoption, HIE, medicaid, medicare

Liability concerns among physicians is a key issue when it comes to implementing electronic health record (EHR) systems since workflow changes undoubtedly occur. However, Medicare and Medicaid physicians who've gone through implementation could be in line for protection if those concerns...


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