Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

By Erin McCann 12:00 am December 20, 2013
The numbers were underwhelming. Ten years ago, just 17 percent of doctor's officers and 31 percent of hospital EDs had basic electronic health records, according to Centers for Disease Control data. Only 4 to 15 percent of hospitals used CPOE.
By Erin McCann 12:00 am December 20, 2013
Healthcare privacy and security 10 years ago was, according to many industry officials, nascent and altogether lacked any teeth.
By Bernie Monegain 12:00 am December 20, 2013
Healthcare is coming up on the 10 year anniversary of then President George W. Bush's call to action – in his 2004 State of the Union address – to finally transform a paper-mired healthcare system into a digital-age industry that operates more like other sectors of the economy.
By Mike Miliard 12:00 am December 20, 2013
Remember the old days? Way back before 2009? Healthcare had some catching up to do. But no one quite knew just how to do it.
Report spotlights OCR security failures
By Erin McCann 08:31 am December 10, 2013
It's an ironic story. The Office for Civil Rights, the division of HHS responsible for investigating HIPAA privacy and security violations, is now facing scrutiny after its own security practices failed to meet federal requirements.
By Jeff Rowe 02:27 pm December 04, 2013
Unless you've just beamed in from another planet, you know there's a bit of a debate underway about the current state and future of certain healthcare reform efforts. But when it comes specifically to the health IT transition, some stakeholders are still feeling downright upbeat.
By Mike Miliard 10:31 am December 04, 2013
Whether it's guarding against "malicious insiders" or ensuring C-suite execs are scared straight about the risks and regs they face, the coming year poses big challenges to healthcare according to Kroll's annual Cyber Security Forecast.
By Anthony Brino 09:54 am November 26, 2013
As 2013 nears its end and shortly after the final HIPAA Omnibus rule went into effect back in September, many groups are giving the Office of the National Coordinator an earful about implementing the HIPAA Accounting of Disclosures provision.
Docs feel brunt of Anthem breach
By Erin McCann 08:23 am November 22, 2013
When a medical privacy breach occurs, it's most often the patient who gets notified that their personal information was compromised, not the provider. But that's not always the case.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
By Erin McCann 10:57 am November 21, 2013
Currently, mental health providers are not eligible to receive federal electronic health record incentive payments under the meaningful use program. One U.S. Senator, however, is working to change that.

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