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CMS Seeks to Broaden Use of Health IT Reports

December 31, 2012 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is asking hospitals and electronic health record vendors for advice on how hospitals can use EHRs to electronically submit required reports measuring the quality of clinical services. In a request for information filed Friday in the Federal Register, CMS says it wants hospitals ...

Health IT investigation finds ‘gaping security holes’

December 28, 2012 The health-care industry’s headlong rush into information technology and wireless services has significantly increased its vulnerability to hacking, partly because the industry is slow to address known risks, the Washington Post reported after a year-long investigation. “I have never seen an industry with more gaping security holes,” Avi Rubin, technical ...

Feds resolve to facilitate health data exchange in 2013

December 27, 2012 Easing the way of a nationwide health information network will be a major priority for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in 2013, with a new funding opportunity announcement issued late last week paving the way. With the Dec. 20 announcement, ONC declares its intention to collaborate ...

HHS moves toward safer electronic health records

December 26, 2012 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a road map for making electronic health records and other health IT safer for patients. The Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan was released Friday by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). The draft ...

Privacy group asks HHS to regulate the cloud

December 21, 2012 An advocacy group that endorses giving patients control over sensitive health information is asking the Office of Civil Rights for the Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidelines for regulating cloud computing. “Health providers will benefit from such guidance as they consider moving to cloud services and patients ...

Outlook for telehealth market: Global warming

December 19, 2012 Revenue for the global telehealth market is expected to grow by 55 percent in 2013 as hospitals work to reduce readmissions and to cost-effectively manage the care of newly insured patients, according to a new report by the market analysis firm InMedica. Revenue from telehealth devices grew only 5 percent ...

Health insurance exchange extension?

December 18, 2012 States are unlikely to meet the Jan. 1, 2014, deadline for implementing health insurance exchanges, a long-shot scenario that will require the Health and Human Services Department to extend the deadline, predict industry analysts. “I think we should absolutely expect a delay,” Scott Lundstrom, vice president of the IDC Health ...

GAO analyzes federal health IT incentives

December 14, 2012 Hospitals that received Medicaid incentive payments in 2011 for achieving meaningful use of electronic health records typically were nonprofit, independent acute-care facilities in Southern cities, according to a report released Thursday by the General Accounting Office. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act requires GAO to ...

New tools secure mobile health data

December 12, 2012 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today released several online tools to help health-care providers use mobile devices such as smartphones, tablet computers and laptops without risking breaches of patient health information. The tools are part of an HHS education initiative to help providers and other health-care organizations ...

Health care providers leave patients' data vulnerable

December 10, 2012 Data breaches plague the vast majority of health care providers, with 94 percent of health organizations reporting at least one breach of patient information in the past two years, a new survey shows. In addition, 45 percent of 80 organizations that responded to the Ponemon Institute Patient Privacy & Data ...