Government & Policy

Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Cheriss May/Getty Images)

By Kat Jercich 02:51 pm December 23, 2020
Digital health advocates expressed mixed feelings about the colossal bill, which also authorized funding for telehealth work and rural hospital operations.
A Departement of Health and Human Services building
By Mike Miliard 10:05 am December 23, 2020
The Office for Civil Rights' 13th such settlement in the past year-plus comes on the heels of new proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule that prioritize patient access.
A patient speaks with a doctor via laptop
By Kat Jercich 09:14 am December 22, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis prompted an enormous uptick in virtual care use from patients and providers – but it has also raised a number of questions about telehealth's security, accessibility and longevity.

Credit: HIMSS TV 

By Sara Mageit 03:20 am December 22, 2020
Despite it being a challenging year, 2020 marked a unique opportunity for HIMSS TV to bring you the latest news and interviews in the digital health world, from the comfort of your own home.
Abortion pills

Abortion pills by VAlaSiurua, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

By Kat Jercich 03:58 pm December 21, 2020
If the bill is signed by Gov. Mike DeWine, Ohio would become the 20th state requiring a prescribing clinician to be in the presence of a patient when providing a medication abortion.
Guest Matt Fisher in front of an old-timey microphone and radio setup represents our weekly digital health podcast.
By Healthcare IT News 03:44 pm December 21, 2020
Healthcare lawyer Matt Fisher breaks down how the changes could affect patient privacy and access.

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By Ahmed El Sherif 01:26 am December 21, 2020
According to the latest GE Global Innovation Barometer, the Gulf country is a global leader in creating an “innovation-conducive environment”, with the majority of those surveyed believing that healthcare outperformed all other sectors with respect to innovation progress.
Roger Severino

OCR Director Roger Severino (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty)

By Kat Jercich 03:52 pm December 18, 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights outlined several circumstances in which the disclosures of protected health information with public health authorities are permitted under HIPAA.
A shadowy figure looking at a computer screen
By Kat Jercich 03:05 pm December 15, 2020
Breached network management software vendor SolarWinds has also listed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Blue Cross Blue Shield as customers.
A telehealth consultation via laptop
By Kat Jercich 10:21 am December 14, 2020
In lieu of permanent policy change, industry groups urged legislators to extend temporary telehealth flexibilities through the end of 2021.