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Boston Children's CIO joins P&S forum

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:53

The 47th and final speaker to join the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum in Boston Sept. 8-9 has quite a tale to tell.

Boston Children’s Hospital Senior Vice President and CIO Daniel Nigrin, MD, confirmed Sept. 2 that he will speak at the forum. He’ll discuss his experience defending the hospital’s network last spring against cyber attacks by the renowned hacker group Anonymous.

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Google Glass startup lands $8M

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:51

A startup that plans to take Google Glass to healthcare and other markets has landed $8.4 million in venture capital.

San Francisco-based Wearable Intelligence describes itself as a technology company dedicated to building enterprise solutions using wearable computing hardware -- such as Google Glass.

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Protect your network! HIPAA isn't enough

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 10:24

At first glance, a look at the numbers from HIMSS Analytics' database would seem to offer some encouraging news about U.S. healthcare providers' privacy and security preparedness.

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New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:13

Friday was my one day of summer vacation, enabled by the large number of people taking a long Labor Day weekend.

Some things are worth interrupting your vacation.

Friday afternoon, CMS published he long awaited final rule on Meaningful Use flexibility.

Here’s my interpretation:

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MU Stage2 offers 2014 flexibility

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 12:29

The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use August 29 that offers hospitals and physicians flexibility for 2014.

The new rule allows eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition of certified EHR technology or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition for the 2014 Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs,

Come 2015, all eligible providers will be required to use the 2014 Edition if certified EHR technology.

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Blues go public with data exchange

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:55

Two large health insurers are hoping a new "public utility" patient data sharing service will improve one of the most pernicious problems in American healthcare.

Blue Shield of California and WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue Cross, are investing a combined $80 million to start the California Integrated Data Exchange, as a “next generation” health information exchange service for providers, payers and patients.

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Attendee Highlights - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 08:38

Healthcare IT News' Erin McCann speaks with attendees of the 2014 Privacy & Security Forum in San Diego about key takeaways and reactions to the conference.

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Accountable care driven by data

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:35
Accountable care driven by data

Clinical Decision Support Systems, or CDSS, can inform physicians while improving the rate of preventive services and patient engagement. While some physicians balk at the notion of a machine dictating treatment protocol and health management plans, the primary role of CDSS is informing doctors to make better decisions.

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NIH issues genomic data sharing rules

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 11:08

The National Institutes of Health has issued a final policy it hopes will promote genomic data sharing as a way to improve health while still protecting the privacy of research participants.

[See also: Genomics come to HIE]

The NIH Genomic Data Sharing policy traces back to the Human Genome Project, which necessitated rapid and broad data release during its mapping and sequencing of the human genome, officials say.

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New DEA rule means changes to eRx

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:37

A restrictive new rule change from the Drug Enforcement Administration, making it more difficult for physicians to prescribe opioids, will necessitate some changes to e-prescribing products and practices.

[See also: DEA: They want a new drug]

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Everyone wants a piece of pop health

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:05

Healthcare organizations are struggling to get a handle on population health, according to a new report from Chilmark Research.

Chilmark's 2014 Analytics for Population Health Management Market Trends Report reveals a market that, while seeing strong growth of interest, is still very much in its infancy.

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Gerry Hinkley - Privacy & Security Forum 2014 San Diego

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:22

Gerry Hinkley, a partner in Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's health care practice in San Francisco, provides advice on HIPAA preparation and planning for and responding to a breach.

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Top security needs philosophical shift

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 08:01

If you knew that assailants or robbers had continuous access to your house, how would that change the way you manage home security? And if the door and window locks, fences, even the big-ticket alarm systems were not enough?  

One option: You might assume every time you walk inside that someone is lying in wait.

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Brainwave technology breakthrough?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:23

In a project that could be a boon for ALS patients, and potentially others with neurodegenerative conditions, Philips and Accenture have developed proof of concept software that enables users to control devices using brainwaves.

The idea is to combine the wearable Insight technology Emotiv, a wireless headset that monitors brainwaves and can translate them into meaningful data, with devices developed by Philips to offer more autonomy to patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and potentially other debilitating diseases. 

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Could ICD-10 delay spur innovation?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:22

The Protecting Access to Medicare law enacted earlier this year is rather ignominiously known for delaying the inevitable ICD-10 conversion, but it could also speed up a part of the health system that's just as sorely needed.

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'Final' ICD-10 date to heat things up

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:20

Even before the Department of Health and Human Services posted the final rule declaring Oct. 1, 2015 as the compliance deadline, industry analysts were convinced that it would be a hard-fast date.

"Yes," is what CTG Health Solutions consultant Cecil Bohannon said when asked if this would be the true launch date after several delays.

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Costs of HealthCare.gov fiasco near $1B

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:18

It's official. The Government Accountability Office today affirmed what the general public knew this past October: the launch of the HealthCare.gov website was a poorly-planned and mismanaged disaster – one that cost the federal government a pretty penny.

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Health IT's social media nightmare

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:17

Few healthcare IT policies these days are as delicate, sensitive and potentially emotionally explosive as efforts to restrict or regulate employee social media activity. And yet hospital hierarchies are routinely stepping on these political minefields as providers try to protect their reputations.

Consider a recent incident at the 2,478-bed New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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Whither ONC?

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:16

Increasingly, it seems Capitol Hill may be starting to get skeptical about the efficacy and long-term mission of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

With stacks of hefty incentive checks already mailed out for Stage 1 meaningful use – $23.7 billion as of June – but providers clearly struggling with the measures of State 2, the agency appears to be at something of an impasse. 

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OIG: Certified EHRs aren't so secure

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:14

It turns out, ONC's electronic health record certification process has some serious shortcomings – chief among them security practices that are wholly insufficient to adequately protect patient health information, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.

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