Health IT Pulse:

July, 2016

July 29, 2016  10:53 AM

Gender pay gap among health IT workers grows wider

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
HIMSS, IT gender roles

Female health IT professionals in the U.S. are paid less than their male counterparts, and the wage gap between the two has only grown larger over the past decade. In 2006, the average female

July 27, 2016  1:59 PM

Most hospitals say they have EHR disaster recovery plans

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Disaster Recovery, HIPAA, HIPAA audits, OCR

While about a third of U.S. hospitals reported to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services that they don't have HIPAA-compliant EHR disaster recovery plans, most hospitals told OIG they have comprehensive plans to recover patient data after a...

July 22, 2016  1:57 PM

CMS releases overall hospital quality data

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing to unleash some stark numbers on care quality at individual hospitals across the country. But

July 20, 2016  2:30 PM

Virtual reality in healthcare helping prep for surgeries, training staff

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
Virtual Reality

In the gaming world, virtual reality is a clear hit among users. Just look at the explosive success of Pokémon Go! Ok, so that's technically augmented reality. But you catch my...

July 13, 2016  11:34 AM

HHS releases guidance on ransomware attacks

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
hhs, Ransomware

Maybe your healthcare organization has experienced a ransomware attack recently. Well, you certainly are not alone. Ransomware attackers have mounted 4,000 daily attacks against healthcare...

July 6, 2016  7:03 PM

OCR gets tough with business associates

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA audits, HIPAA business associate, OCR

With its levy of a $650,000 fine on a service provider of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Department of...

July 1, 2016  3:03 PM

ONC sets MACRA interoperability measures

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Interoperability, Meaningful use, ONC

Responding to Congress' call last year to define health IT interoperability measures that Medicare providers must meet to receive reimbursement under new value-based models, ONC has published the measures.The new measures are now part of

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