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September 22, 2016  9:15 AM

ONC: More hospitals than ever making information available to patients electronically

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
EHR, health data exchange, ONC

Efforts to make health information available to patients are paying off, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

September 16, 2016  3:57 PM

HHS awards over $87 million to encourage adoption of health IT

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
Health IT, hhs, Meaningful use

The Department of Health and Human Services is awarding over $87 million in funding to more than 1,300 health centers in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to support health IT enhancements. Ultimately, the purpose of this funding is...


September 7, 2016  12:35 PM

To delay MACRA or not is the question

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
CMS, hhs, MIPS

Eight high-ranking congressmen are calling on federal healthcare officials to consider "flexibilities" in administering the new MACRA healthcare law, particularly as it applies...


September 1, 2016  9:36 AM

ONC Blockchain Challenge winners show health IT uses

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Blockchain, nist, ONC, PHI, precision medicine

A wide range of possible use cases for blockchain in healthcare are revealed in 15 papers chosen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as the...


August 17, 2016  3:40 PM

E-prescribing of controlled substances on sharp rise

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
e-prescribing, e-prescriptions, Surescripts

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances, or EPCS, such as opioids increased dramatically in 2015, according to


August 10, 2016  2:41 PM

Dentists and meaningful use

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
certified EHR technology, e, EHR, EHR adoption, meaningful use attestation

It may be time for dentists to sink their teeth into meaningful use. Dentists, while theoretically eligible for the federal EHR incentive program, have for the most part stayed away because there were no penalties for...


August 5, 2016  10:46 AM

MHealth apps too complicated for vulnerable populations

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
Uncategorized

There's no denying that mHealth apps have the potential to help patients better manage their health. But according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, mHealth apps are


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 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...


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