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CMS drops final EHR meaningful use rule

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 17:18

It's final. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and ONC have released final rules for the EHR Incentive Programs, which they say will ease reporting requirements for providers and allow for 90-day reporting periods. They also announced major news on Stage 3 of the program. 

The 2015 rule builds on 2011 and 2014 and is reflective of input from industry stakeholders, according to Karen DeSalvo, MD, national coordinator for health IT and acting assistant secretary for Health at HHS.

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ONC reveals final interoperability roadmap

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 16:15

ONC on Tuesday finalized its eagerly awaited interoperability roadmap.

"Data needs to be free," said national coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD. "If we're going to change the care model we need an information model to support it."


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OCR's new site for app developers highlights HIPAA problems

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:04

The Office for Civil Rights has launched a website designed to help app makers and innovators maneuver through the regulatory landscape – but the real problem might be regulations as they exist today.

"A major obstacle to realizing the benefits of mobile health technology has been uncertainty around HIPAA," said Morgan Reed, executive director of ACT | The App Association.

That's because HIPAA was passed in 1996, long before smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices were ubiquitous.

Privacy & Security

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Most Americans don't trust their health data is secure against hackers

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:03

To all the healthcare info security folks out there: You may have a big trust issue on your hands. As, according to a new survey, the lion's share of adults are seriously worried about the security of their health records.

In fact, data from the survey, which was conducted by University of Phoenix College health professions school, shows that an overwhelming 76 percent of U.S. adults expressed concern over the vulnerability of their health data when it comes to cyberattackers.

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5 tips for fighting cybercrime

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:15

If you want to know how well a health system is protecting against cybercrime, you would have better luck talking to the criminals than asking the C-suite.

That's according to noted security expert Brian Krebs.

Privacy & Security

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Behavioral telehealth key for ACO success

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 08:42

Using telehealth to connect mental and physical health and achieve the ACO triple aim


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Digital Guardian acquires Code Green

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 06:42

Data security firm Digital Guardian has acquired Code Green Networks, which provides data loss prevention technology for the network, cloud and mobile devices.

The Code Green acquisition provides Digital Guardian with added heft and breadth in the market, executives told Healthcare IT News, and it also adds to Digital Guardian's healthcare business.

Both companies are privately held, and their leaders did not release the financial terms of the deal.

Mergers & Acquisitions

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Harvard Pilgrim join forces on population health

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:33

A trio of hospitals teamed up with insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to establish a new company that will enable customers to analyze clinical and financial data. 

Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Elliot Health System and Frisbie Memorial Hospital are joining with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to create a new analytics company to manage the clinical and financial data across the organization.


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HHS unwraps new platform and tools for disaster preparedness

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:24

With Hurricane season officially underway, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services introduced a new disaster preparedness platform. 

In an effort to provide health and emergency management workers with more up-to-date information with which to prepare for and respond to disasters, the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a national resource center. 

Population Health

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GAO: 5 barriers to interoperability

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:21

A report from the Government Accountability Office details five barriers to interoperability, while at the same time raising criticism by a former ONC official, who calls the GAO report "incomplete."


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AMA presses CMS for meaningful use hardship exemption

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:44

In the continued absence of a meaningul use final rule, physicians have been left hanging, according to the American Medical Association, which is calling for an "automatic hardship exemption" to protect docs from circumstances outside their control.

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ICD-10 update from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:31

The ICD-10 go live date came and went on Oct. 1, with many organizations reporting small, if any, hiccups. One of those organizations was Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, with CIO John Halamka, MD, reporting on his team's first few days. 

ICD-10 & Coding

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Healthline spin off to tackle analytics, risk adjustment

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:27

Healthline Networks announced on Monday that it has formed a new company called Talix.


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A tour of the Dark Web: home of the cyber-criminal

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:03
A tour of the Dark Web

This is part 2 of a 3-part series on cyber-risks. Read Part 1 here.

Privacy & Security A tour of the Dark Web: home of the cyber-criminal Most people navigate the World Wide Web via well-known search engines such as Google or Bing. Underneath the publicly accessible web, however, is the "Deep Web," the part of the web that is not indexed by common search engines. Healthcare IT News blog/tour-dark-web-home-cyber-criminal

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Patient advocates reveal what doctors should know about engagement

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 08:07

As much as the discussion about patient engagement relates to how tricky it is for doctors, just imagine what it feels like for the patients.

Patient Engagement

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Wounded warrior to headline National Health IT Week

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 08:02

While serving as the platoon leader to the 3rd Infantry Division during his deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Army Capt. Nathan Wayne Waldon sustained burns and lost his leg to an improvised explosive device.

During the 18 months of recovery, Waldon was determined not to succumb to the additional loss of his life-long identity as an athlete. He became active in a variety of adaptive sports programs.

During the process, he said he went from saying "I can't do that," to "how can I do that."  

Policy and Legislation

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Imaging files at risk on mobile devices

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 10:27

The proliferation of mobile device technology has given physicians the freedom to assess and diagnose disease from wherever they may be, but they also need to be cognizant of potential security breaches while viewing images in public, risk management specialists say.

[See also: Imaging IT heads toward new phase]

Privacy & Security

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Northern Arizona Healthcare expands telehealth program

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 10:20

Northern Arizona Healthcare has broadened the scope of its home health monitoring program, Care Beyond Walls and Wires. The trend of expanding the rollouts of telehealth initiatives and remote care management continues to grow.


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Philips, MIT take on brain injuries

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 10:15

Royal Philips has teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to research the use of Philips ultrasound technology and MIT physiological modeling as a less invasive way to measure intracranial pressure.

Intracranial pressure measures are essential in managing patients with brain injuries.


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ICD-10: Top 5 articles ever

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 10:10

To say that the journey to ICD-10 compliance deadline was long and arduous is something of an understatement. It has been a tortuous road, indeed.

Now that ICD-10 is here, however, it's a good time to recount some of Healthcare IT News most popular stories on the code set conversion. We culled the list to spare readers the articles about repeated delays since those are now old news.

Here goes:

ICD-10 & Coding

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