Erin McCann | November 20, 2014 | 11:03 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
A report from the Office of Inspector General outlines the top challenges faced by the Department of Health and Human Services in FY 2014. Among them: meaningful use and interoperability. OIG also highlighted several area HHS continues to struggle with... More
Erin McCann | November 19, 2014 | 11:13 AM | Mobile/Wireless, Telehealth, Interoperability
Digital healthcare is no longer a reality of the future. It's happening now. And, as the industry moves toward full digitization, previously resistant clinicians are slowly, but gradually, getting on board with embracing new digital technologies. More
BOSTON | Erin McCann | November 18, 2014 | 11:06 AM | Electronic Health Records, Privacy and Security
What are the responsibilities of covered entities when an encrypted laptop or device is stolen, but the passcodes are handed over in the theft as well? A recent robbery reported by Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital may shed some light on these... More
Erin McCann | November 17, 2014 | 11:02 AM | Data Warehousing, Cloud Computing
Due in part to evolving regulatory and health IT landscapes, the cloud market is poised for a double digit growth phase, new analysis suggests. Don't be fooled, though. Some big time barriers remain and have in many ways stymied the industry's shift... More
Erin McCann | November 14, 2014 | 11:02 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
The former chief financial officer of a now-closed Texas hospital is one step closer to a potential five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to wrongly claiming EHR incentive money. More
Erin McCann | November 13, 2014 | 10:50 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Interoperability
The federal government's electronic health record incentive money appears to be working well for hospitals and physician practices, both of whom have seen double-digit growth in EHR adoption. But how are those care providers who didn't qualify for... More
Erin McCann | November 12, 2014 | 10:38 AM | Network Infrastructure, Privacy and Security
A state insurance plan subcontractor is at the center of a serious security incident after hackers gained three months of unfettered access to its computer system, compromising thousands of members' health records. More
WASHINGTON | Erin McCann | November 10, 2014 | 11:08 AM | Electronic Health Records
In emergency situations like the Ebola crisis that reached American soil this fall, do covered entities need to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule? New guidance put out by the Department of Health and Human Services sheds light on how exactly organizations... More
WASHINGTON | Erin McCann | November 6, 2014 | 11:08 AM | Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Records, Policy and Legislation
The EHR audits are coming. The Office of the Inspector General will continue to pay closer attention to the healthcare industry's use of electronic health records -- in particular HIPAA security, EHR incentive payments and fraud, according to the office... More
Erin McCann | November 5, 2014 | 10:30 AM | Privacy and Security
Healthcare industry, listen up: You've got a consumer distrust issue on your hands. The majority of American consumers continue to have serious doubts over the privacy and security of their medical records -- so much so that a sizable number of them... More
CLEVELAND | Erin McCann | November 3, 2014 | 10:57 AM | Data Warehousing, Electronic Health Records, Interoperability
You want genomic analysis and big data to take off? Don't count on it until interoperability becomes more than just a plan tossed about in federal HIT policy meetings. It actually needs to come to fruition, said Cleveland Clinic's Chief Information... More
Erin McCann | October 31, 2014 | 09:37 AM | Mobile/Wireless, Privacy and Security
Mobile health wearables and sensors present myriad opportunities for improving patient care and increasing patient engagement. They also offer the chance to better manage chronically ill patients remotely. The only problem? It's not that these wearables... More