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August 25, 2017  2:07 PM

EHR adoption rates increased with passage of HITECH Act

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
EHR adoption, HITECH Act

After the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, EHR adoption rates for eligible hospitals rose from 3.2% to 14.2% and EHR adoption rates for ineligible hospitals rose from just 0.1% to 3.3%, according to a report in the journal...

December 8, 2015  11:37 AM

HIMSS Value Score to quantify worth of health IT

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
health IT standards, HIMSS, HITECH Act

It's difficult to predict how adopting health IT will change an organization's productivity or quantify how well a technology measured up to its expectations. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) hopes to demystify that process and assign a

May 5, 2015  2:05 PM

Senate health committee leaders form bipartisan EHR improvement group

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR adoption, EHR standards, EHR usability, HITECH Act, Reboot

A member of a Republican group that previously targeted the meaningful use program has crossed party lines to work with Democrats on a mission to improve the use of EHRs. Lamar Alexander (R- Tenn.), chairman of the

June 12, 2014  10:45 AM

DeSalvo’s 10-year health data interoperability plan: Can it work?

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo

Let’s see what impact, if any, national health IT coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D.'s ambitious 10-year health data interoperability plan has on healthcare providers, consumers and IT vendors. The...

June 4, 2014  1:59 PM

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT reorganizes departments

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HITECH Act, Karen DeSalvo, ONC

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is consolidating 17 offices down to 10 that will report to the National Coordinator for Health IT,

April 3, 2013  2:57 PM

Marking a decade of the HIPAA privacy rule

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA enforcement, HIPAA omnibus rule, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act

This year, the April Journal of AHIMA marks the HIPAA Privacy Rule's 10th birthday with a cover story. In the piece, many heavy-hitters of the healthcare world weigh in, none heavier than Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health and Human...

March 13, 2013  11:39 AM

At executive conference, PHI security experts preaching patient advocacy

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA Compliance, HITECH Act, patient advocacy, PHI

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Here at the Protected Health Information (PHI) Protection Network's first conference -- attended by senior health system IT leadership, HIPAA legal authorities and vendor privacy executives -- a theme is emerging in healthcare leaders'...

December 14, 2012  2:48 PM

No holiday cheer for compliance pros until HHS publishes HIPAA omnibus

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
HIPAA, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA security rule, HITECH Act, Meaningful use

Well here we are, nearing the end of a busy year in health IT. And while there have been many major developments in the industry over the last 12 months, one bit of unfinished business still hangs unresolved: the final HIPAA omnibus rule,

December 11, 2012  1:16 PM

Health care data breach history suggests future need for protection

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data breach, health care data breach, HITECH Act

Nearly 500 total data breaches, each affecting at least 500 patients have been reported in the past three years as required by the HITECH Act, according to

October 16, 2012  11:51 AM

OIG: CMS fails to meet medical data breach reporting standards

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, Data breach, health care data breach, HITECH Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) failed to meet the HITECH Act’s standard for timeliness in reporting medical data breaches to beneficiaries in seven of 14 cases over a two year period, according to an Office of Inspector General report. CMS did notify all beneficiaries...

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