Government & Policy

arcane regulations health IT
By John Andrews 09:31 am January 23, 2017
Legal expert says that the federal government and Health and Human Services should take into account the challenges and opportunities that new technologies present and how those impact old laws. 
Mostashari value based care
By Farzad Mostashari, MD 01:11 pm January 20, 2017
Former National Coordinator for Health IT: "Even though EHRs have proliferated, we have yet to achieve the interoperability, usability and full utility of them."
By Jessica Davis 11:18 am January 19, 2017
The settlement is related to the 2011 theft of a USB drive that contained the ePHI of 2,209 members from the life insurance company's IT department.
Price meaningful use precision medicine
By Mike Miliard 10:52 am January 19, 2017
The HHS nominee decries a law that has turned physicians "into data entry clerks." Meanwhile, genomics represents a "brave new world," he said – but "the challenges of how we afford to be able to make that available to our society are real."
IT vendors HIPAA compliant

Business associate agreements are a great start but putting a vendor monitoring program in place is what made Inspira’s risk of a data breach lower, Francois Bodhuin said. 

By Tom Sullivan 09:43 am January 19, 2017
Inspira Health Network established a vendor-monitoring program that not only protects data but also improved the system’s ability to share it. Information security officer Francois Bodhuin’s advice: Keep it simple but thorough. 
By Jack McCarthy 10:28 am January 18, 2017
Chairman Roger Neal said that a payer mandated its providers work with a competing exchange, which essentially drove CCO out of business. 
CMS IQR meaningful use

Kate Goodrich, MD

By Mike Miliard 02:39 pm January 17, 2017
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also plans to modify 2017 requirements for eCQM data reporting, in response to some hospitals' challenges with EHR upgrades and replacements.
Tom Price HHS Senate
By Healthcare IT News 12:12 pm January 17, 2017
The Republican lawmaker ws grilled over his positions on the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Medicaid and his past interests.
superbugs spectrometry

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – MRSA – causes a range of illnesses, from skin and wound infections to pneumonia and bloodstream infections that can cause sepsis and death. Photo: CDC. 

By Bernie Monegain 12:03 pm January 16, 2017
Spectrometry, developed in the 1940s, has been re-engineered and is back in the spotlight with new uses.
patient centered care coordination

MiHIN executive director Tim Pletcher (right). Credit: Michigan Medicine via YouTube.

By John Andrews 08:47 am January 16, 2017
Michigan Health Information Network executive director Tim Pletcher says that effectively linking patients to providers starts with a dynamic health directory. 

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