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

AMIA looks to workforce of the future
By Neil Versel 06:32 am November 21, 2013
If hospital chief information officers and vendor hiring managers think it's tough to find qualified health IT workers now, just wait until technology implementation moves beyond EHR installation, data capture and moderate interoperability to a full-blown effort to transform a broken healthcare industry.
By Mike Miliard 11:03 am November 14, 2013
Nearly 60 percent of ambulatory providers surveyed for a new IDC Health Insights report say they're unsatisfied with their electronic health records, citing frustrations with usability and workflow.
personal health information
By Mike Miliard 11:01 am November 13, 2013
As patient engagement gains momentum, and technology enables easier access to personal health information, many providers still charge money for copies of records. That's allowed under HIPAA and HITECH. But is it wise?
By Mike Miliard 12:00 am November 10, 2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has settled with Affinity Health Plan, a New York-based managed care plan, for HIPAA violations to the tune of $1,215,780 after a photocopier containing patient information was compromised.
By Diana Manos 12:00 am November 10, 2013
The Health IT Policy Committee, an advisory panel to the federal government, was divided over the start date for Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, voting 12-5 June 8 to delay Stage 2 by one year – from 2013 to 2014.
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By Erin McCann 10:42 am November 05, 2013
When in the realm of healthcare privacy and security, electronic health records may facilitate easier data exchange and data viewing, but the systems' audit trails make catching unauthorized viewers all the more simple, too.
By Jeff Rowe 07:19 am October 29, 2013
"mHealth didn't become a major feature of the HITECH Act, because the technology was still limited." But according to Jonathan Javitt, MD, mHealth is starting to demonstrate its potential to help deliver on the requirements of accountable care. "In 10 years, connected patients will be taken for granted."
By Anthony Brino 10:55 am October 24, 2013
As HHS Office for Civil Rights finalizes rules for accounting of disclosures as part of the HITECH Act, the Health IT Policy Committee's Privacy and Security Tiger Team is crafting recommendations based on stakeholder input. So far, there are diverging views on the proposed rule.
By Mike Miliard 03:10 pm October 22, 2013
In addition to making for better, more coordinated patient care, one of the imperatives of health information exchange is to show a positive return on investment. But for that to ever happen, there's a different ROI strategy that needs to be squared away first.
By Diana Manos 10:51 am October 21, 2013
The healthcare IT job market has been on upswing since the adoption of the federal stimulus bill in 2009 and its accompanying HITECH Act. Today, people seeking jobs in the field continue to find a welcoming market.

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