Health IT Pulse:

June, 2012

June 29, 2012  3:18 PM

HIPAA audit process suddenly less mysterious as OCR releases template

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA audits, HIPAA Compliance, OCR

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights (OCR) - main enforcer of HIPAA patient data privacy and security laws - lifted the veil on its HIPAA audit process for health...

June 26, 2012  8:53 AM

Patient data breach crisis outline can aid behavioral orgs

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
behavioral health, Data breach, health care data breach, Office for Civil Rights

Although behavioral health clinics often have limited staff and resources, when a patient data breach strikes organization is the key to restore order. One way to do this is...

June 22, 2012  1:12 PM

Prescription drug monitoring programs get a boost from health IT

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
health data exchange, health information exchange, prescription drug monitoring program, workflow analysis

The number of deaths in the U.S. related to prescription drug overdose has reached epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This emerging epidemic has led to the advent of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) -- statewide...

June 20, 2012  12:12 PM

AHRQ develops Health IT Hazard Manager HIT safety reporting tool

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AHRQ, HIT safety, Risk management

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announced the completion of its

June 19, 2012  11:21 AM

Points to keep in mind for meaningful use stage 1 as stage 2 looms

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
Meaningful use, meaningful use incentives, meaningful use stage 2

To the chagrin of listeners during a June 2012 National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) webinar on how to achieve meaningful use stage 1, Robert Anthony, health insurance specialist in the Office of E-Health...

June 14, 2012  10:43 AM

Helping caregivers, consumers understand patient portals

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget

With patient engagement expected to play a key role in the meaningful use stage 2 final rule, patient portals could provide robust opportunities for the provider-patient dynamic,...

June 13, 2012  2:06 PM

Halamka: What HIE implementation is going to take

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIE, HIE implementation

NORWOOD, MA - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, M.D. wears more than just that one hat: He's also co-chair of the ONC's HIT Standards Committee and the chair of the New England Health Exchange Network (NEHEN), the organization charged with erecting a "network of networks"...

June 12, 2012  3:07 PM

Survey lists top HIE vendors for 2012

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
accountable care organizations, health information exchange, HIE vendors, Interoperability

By Greg McInerney, Editorial Assistant

The Florida-based research company Black Book released its 2012 State of the Enterprise Healthcare Information...

June 11, 2012  2:42 PM

Using a team-based approach in health care to reduce lab errors

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
barcode technology, ECRI Institute, lab errors, patient safety, patient safety organizations

Despite what "The Non-Fat Yogurt" episode of Seinfeld would have us believe, the majority of lab errors in the health care industry do not actually occur in the lab. Errors can happen any time during the preanalytic,...

June 7, 2012  12:55 PM

Of taxicabs, Square, drchrono and the future of iPad EHRs

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
drchrono, ipad, ipad ehr, Meaningful use, mHealth, ONC-ACTB, square

Earlier this week in Washington D.C. after a long day at Datapalooza, colleague Jenny Laurello and I needed to grab separate cabs to return to our respective hotels. We both...

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