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

By Mike Miliard 11:03 am October 15, 2013
Venture investment in health IT continues to go gangbusters, with a record-setting Q3 seeing more than 150 separate deals that hauled in nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars.
Breach has hospital embracing encryption
By Erin McCann 10:39 am October 10, 2013
A Tennessee-based healthcare provider is notifying thousands of patients that their protected health information has been compromised following a privacy breach due to unencryption. The incident has prompted the hospital to move its records to an encrypted cloud-based server.
Patients still ill-informed about EHRs
By Mike Miliard 10:55 am September 30, 2013
Large majorities of Americans have concerns about the security of their electronic health records, and more than two-thirds of patients say their physicians have not adequately explained the switch to digital records, a new poll shows.
standardized coding
By Jeff Rowe 10:32 am September 24, 2013
Updating hardware and implementing software programs are perhaps the most visible elements of the digital transition, but an equally important shift is happening more or less behind the scenes in the world of coding.
By Doug Barbin 12:00 am September 20, 2013
In 2013 we’ve seen a significant uptick in the requests for both gap analysis and attestations against the HIPAA security rule, and the driving force appears to be the Omnibus Final Rule announced in January. This rule set forth a deadline of Sept. 23, 2013, for compliance with the relevant components of HIPAA and HITECH.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
By Tom Sullivan 10:49 am September 19, 2013
The federal government could do a better job helping to transform the nation's healthcare system, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said at a Capitol Hill press conference Sept. 18. The conference was part of the HIMSS HIT Policy Summit held during National Health IT Week.
ONC guidance meaningful use
By Mike Miliard 11:09 am September 10, 2013
As it works to broaden health information exchange capabilities across the care continuum, the Office of the National Coordinator has drawn up a certification guidance aimed at technology developers serving specialized providers who are ineligible for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments.
ONC chief Farzad Mostashari
By Anthony Brino 07:06 am September 05, 2013
Much of the challenge nationally for bringing healthcare into the digital age, says outgoing ONC chief Farzad Mostashari, will be "getting to a common base of capabilities around the country, so that these providers...have some common assumption of what the capabilities of the systems will be around interoperability."
By Bernie Monegain 10:50 am August 29, 2013
As the healthcare CIOs responsibilities multiply, the CIO pay -- typically six figures -- lags, according to new survey data. However, for healthcare CIOs, it's not just about the money; it's about the pressure and the help they need -- help that is often hard to find.
Consumer Partnership for eHealth
By Mike Miliard 10:28 am August 27, 2013
Arguing that IT offers the opportunity to help "every American" lead a full and healthy life, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient and labor organizations, has published an action plan designed to ensure that disparities of care are a critical focus of Stage 3 meaningful use.

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