Privacy and Security

As more providers are using digital data, privacy and security issues have become a greater concern. Protecting confidential patient information is also a priority for IT vendors, who are interested in offering solutions that come equipped with heightened security features. The industry-wide transition to HIPAA 5010 code set comes with heightened emphasis on privacy of patient data content in provider transactions, since 5010 aims to ensure that only the "minimum necessary" personal health information required for business purposes is included in a transaction.

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Although so many health IT-related discussions tend to focus on large organizations across the country, it's important to remember the smaller practices whose needs tend to differ. We asked Shahid Shah to offer his two cents about outfitting these organizations with the right health IT.
October 26, 2011
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RelayHealth, McKesson's connectivity business, has been awarded a $50,000 prize as the winner of the VA's "Blue Button for All Americans" personal health record contest.
October 25, 2011
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The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates is using WebChart EHR from Medical Informatics Engineering to collect, track and manage medical information gathered from field physicals on eight U.S. military bases throughout Area Support Group Kuwait.

October 21, 2011
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Some 26 percent of CIOs say their organizations have qualified to receive stimulus funding under the HITECH Act, and others expect to qualify in ensuing years, according to a recent survey from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
October 21, 2011
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Nearly half of physician practices do not meet national standards to qualify as a medical home, according to a study led by University of Michigan Health System.
October 20, 2011
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In the midst of economic uncertainty, IT decision-makers in the healthcare industry report expected growth in overall IT budgets and hiring, according to the latest CDW IT Monitor.
October 20, 2011
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The American College of Physicians, which represents 132,000 internal medicine specialists, is proposing a privacy rule that says researchers should maximize appropriate uses of information to achieve scientific advances without compromising ethical obligations to protect individual welfare and privacy.
October 19, 2011
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The deadline for HIPAA 5010 - Jan. 1, 2012 - is approaching faster than many providers, payers and vendors would like. And, confusion abounds about what “readiness” means, says the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA).
October 19, 2011
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Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc. (ECHN) is building an HIE, and the health system has tapped MobileMD to help get the job done, signing a five-year agreement.
October 18, 2011
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Social media is a way to "go where people are," says the co-author of a new whitepaper from CSC that aims to show healthcare organizations why they shouldn't take the "wait-and-see approach."
October 17, 2011
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A social media guide for physicians is being released Monday by Avvo at the Third Annual Health Care Social Media Summit, which kicks off at the Mayo Clinic.
October 17, 2011
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Within the past month, 14 critical access hospitals have joined the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII), Nebraska's statewide health information exchange.
October 14, 2011
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