Molly Merrill is the Associate Editor of Healthcare IT News. She covers physician practice IT issues and national breaking news.
By Molly Merrill 03:20 pm September 12, 2011
Eighty-five community health center programs, located in 15 of the 17 Beacon Communities nationwide, were awarded $8.5 million on Monday to aid with the adoption of health IT to support long-term improvements in quality of care, health outcomes and cost efficiencies.
By Molly Merrill 10:48 am September 12, 2011
According to a statement from Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, the breach that exposed the medical records of 20,000 emergency patients "was not caused by the hospital and responsibility has been assumed by a contractor working with the vendor."
By Molly Merrill 10:51 am September 09, 2011
The American Medical Association and 81 physician organizations submitted comments Aug. 9 on the proposed rule on Medicare data for performance measurement, requesting that CMS ensure physicians have the opportunity to review their data for accuracy and to appeal any errors before information is made public.
By Molly Merrill 09:18 am September 09, 2011
The DoD-VA virtual lifetime electronic record is on track to implement health information exchange at 11 centers, and to partner with DoD, private healthcare entities by this fall.
By Molly Merrill 05:11 pm September 08, 2011
Patient data lost while in the hands of a business associate becomes "extraordinarily" difficult to track, says one expert, who identified data-centric protection as a way to safeguard information like that recently exposed at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
By Molly Merrill 04:22 pm September 08, 2011
The Medical Group Management Association is calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to withdraw its proposed HIPAA “accounting of disclosures” rule, due to the burden it would put on practices to provide such a report – and the possibility that it might deter them from implementing new technology.
By Molly Merrill 04:18 pm September 08, 2011
Thanks to a growing list of physician networking sites, healthcare professionals have more platforms to choose from that can provide them with new contacts and avenues for collaboration that ultimately serve to improve the care they deliver.
By Molly Merrill 04:05 pm September 08, 2011
The Physicians Foundation has awarded a two-year $750K grant to aid in the development of a Web-based projection model that will be designed to be continually updated with new data to track ongoing physician workforce needs across the country.
By Molly Merrill 10:37 am September 08, 2011
The pilot for the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER), which enables sharing of veterans' health records will be expanded, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday.
By Molly Merrill 10:08 am September 08, 2011
Seventy-five percent of individuals working at U.S. healthcare provider institutions use social media for professional purposes, according to a new survey.