Government & Policy

Carequality Epic interoperability

Dave Cassel, who leads the Sequoia Project's Carequality initiative, said that health information exchange among competing EHRs is no longer a promise and that it is here today and working under the Carequality Interoperability Framework. 

By Bernie Monegain 08:01 am August 16, 2016
The framework will make interoperability work happening today widespread as more and more EHR vendors, HIEs and providers join the network, according to an Epic executive.

National Coordinator for Health IT Vindell Washington, MD

By Jessica Davis 11:16 am August 15, 2016
This past Friday, Karen DeSalvo, MD, officially stepped down as National Coordinator, passing the baton to her second-in-command, Vindell Washington, MD. The former principal deputy national coordinator has been with ONC since January 2016.
Bon Secours breach
By Mike Miliard 11:11 am August 15, 2016
Reimbursement specialist R-C Healthcare Management, a business associate under HIPAA, left patient information accessible on the web for four days.
Karen DeSalvo ONC
By Mike Miliard 11:24 am August 12, 2016
DeSalvo made her way from New Orleans to Washington and while serving as National Coordinator, she realigned ONC and delivered visionary strategic plans for interoperability and health IT, before President Obama nominated her to a key HHS post.

(Infographic: HRSA)

By Jessica Davis 11:06 am August 12, 2016
Rural healthcare is receiving a $16 million boost for telehealth and quality improvement activities from the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources & Services Administration, it was announced Thursday.
Hillary Clinton Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton on Thursday vowed to create an affordable public health insurance option. (Source: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia)

By Tom Sullivan 05:34 pm August 11, 2016
The Democratic nominee also promised to institute a public health insurance option, paid family leave, affordable childcare and cracked a one-liner about using Trump’s Estate Tax amount to care for 3 million children. 
Zika Miami Clinton

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton called on Congress to return from its vacation and take action to pass legislation that funds research and testing for Zika treatments. Source: Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

By Jessica Davis 11:04 am August 11, 2016
The democratic nominee urged Congress to return and hammer out a new compromise as ZIka cases rise to 121 infected people.

MGMA President and CEO Halee Fischer-Wright is concerned that "far too much of a practice’s IT investment is tied directly to complying with the ever-increasing number of federal requirements."

By Jessica Davis 10:52 am August 10, 2016
The 2016 MGMA Cost and Revenue Report also found technology costs have increased 40 percent from 2009 to 2015, corresponding with the 2009 HITECH Act.
HHS Hologic
By Bernie Monegain 09:29 am August 10, 2016
The diagnostic and imaging company will use the funding to advance development of technology for testing blood supplies for the Zika virus.
DoD security Army EHR

The Army medical center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington is one of the sites that the Department of Defense plans to audit the Army's EHR security controls. 

By Jack McCarthy 07:00 am August 10, 2016
The Pentagon will be looking to determine if the Army has implemented effective ways to protect its electronic health records and personally identifiable information. 

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