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Cloud Computing Accounts for Just 1% of HHS’ IT Budget, GAO Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 13:28

Federal policy directs agencies to invest in more cloud-based services, but a new Government Accountability Office report finds that HHS’ spending on cloud computing services in fiscal year 2014 accounted for just 1% of its IT budget. Further, the report finds that the agency’s cloud computing services have failed to produce significant savings. Health Data Management, GAO report.

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ACA Driving Growth in Telemedicine by Insurers, Employers

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:51

The Affordable Care Act’s emphasis on reducing health care costs and emergency department visits has spurred the growth of telemedicine companies. One such company, called Teladoc, says that its revenue grew by 100% last year and that it has garnered significant investments in funding. Fortune.

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HIMSS Analytics Sees Progress in Hospitals’ Advanced EHR Adoption

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:41

New data from HIMSS Analytics show that hospitals have made some progress in adopting electronic health records in the first two quarters of 2014. The increase comes after a lull in EHR adoption and advancement in 2013. EHR Intelligence, HIMSS Analytics chart.

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House Bill Would Allow ACOs To Expand Use of Telehealth Services

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:12

Last week, Reps. Diane Black and Peter Welch introduced the ACO Improvement Act, which would allow accountable care organizations to expand their use of telehealth services, including remote patient monitoring and store-and-forward technologies. Becker’s Hospital Review‘s “Health IT & CIO Review” et al.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of September 26, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:35

Doug Fridsma, former chief science officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, has been named president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association. Hospital chain HCA will acquire PatientKeeper, a software developer for physicians, for an undisclosed sum.

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ICD-10 Delay Hurt Health Care Industry’s Preparedness, WEDI Warns

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:31

A recent Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange survey finds that the federal government’s delay to the ICD-10 compliance date has negatively affected the preparedness of providers, insurers and vendors. In a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, WEDI raises concerns about the slow preparation among providers, particularly small providers. FierceHealthIT et al.

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HHS OIG Identifies Security Vulnerabilities in Ky., N.M. Exchanges

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 13:15

An HHS Office of Inspector General report released earlier this week finds Kentucky and New Mexico’s health insurance exchange websites had security vulnerabilities that could put consumers’ personally identifiable information at risk. Meanwhile, a Bloomberg Government analysis shows HealthCare.gov has exceeded budget projections. Health IT Security et al.

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Surescripts Announces Major Expansion to Further Interoperability

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:59

Surescripts has announced that nearly 100 health systems have joined its network in the past year. The nation’s largest health information network also announced new partnerships with national pharmacy chains and electronic health record vendors to improve immunization registry reporting. EHR Intelligence et al.

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Survey: ACOs Struggle To Adopt Advanced Health IT Functions

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:56

A joint survey from Premier and the eHealth Initiative finds that accountable care organizations are struggling to implement advanced health IT functions. The ACOs cited high costs, interoperability challenges and a lack of a return on investment as barriers to health IT use. Modern Healthcare‘s “Vital Signs” et al.

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Medical Data Worth More on Black Market Than Credit Cards

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:55

Cybersecurity experts say that stolen medical information draws ten times more money on the black market than stolen credit card numbers. They also note that medical data theft often goes unnoticed longer, meaning thieves have more time to reap financial benefits. Reuters.

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Health IT Jobs Come With Big Salaries, High Job Satisfaction

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:48

A survey conducted by HealthITJobs.com finds that about 80% of health IT workers are satisfied with their jobs. Further, the survey finds that health IT professionals tend to have above-average salaries but that salaries vary based on workers’ experience level, gender and location. Healthcare IT News, Clinical Innovation & Technology.

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Lawmakers, Stakeholders Urge CMS To Fix Meaningful Use Glitch

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:38

In letters to CMS, lawmakers and stakeholders urge the agency to fix a technical glitch in the meaningful use program that could inappropriately penalize physicians who recently adopted electronic health records. However, CMS says it cannot make changes until its final rule is effective on Oct. 1. Modern Healthcare, Politico‘s “Morning eHealth.”

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Study: Mobile Health Apps Need Risk Assessment, Framework

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:19

Researchers at Warwick Medical School in the United Kingdom find that a mobile health application risk assessment model and a framework for supporting clinical use is needed to ensure patient safety and physician reputation. They outline risks associated with mobile health apps and variables that affect such risk factors. FierceHealthIT, Journal of Medical internet Research.

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Online Doctor Ratings Affect Parents’ Physician Choices, Study Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:02

A study by University of Michigan researchers finds that many parents consider online physician ratings when selecting a physician for their children. However, the study finds that just 6% of parents reported posting a physician review online, which could suggest that online ratings might not give a complete picture of a doctor’s care. Medscape et al.

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HealthCare.gov Gets Revamp; OIG Finds Critical Security Flaws in Site

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:22

The Obama administration announced that it is overhauling HealthCare.gov to ease the enrollment process for first-time applicants and that it has extended its contract with QSSI through March 2015. Meanwhile, an HHS Office of Inspector General report shows that hackers hired by HHS found critical security flaws in the federal health insurance exchange website. New York Times et al.

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Workflow, Training Key to Critical Access Hospital’s EHR Adoption

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:11

A College of Healthcare Information Management Executives case study shows that a Nebraska-based critical access hospital successfully attested to Stage 1 of the meaningful use program in part by studying its work processes before selecting an EHR vendor and ensuring adequate staff training. However, the hospital is facing challenges attesting to Stage 2 of the program and transitioning to ICD-10. FierceEMR et al.

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Billing Dispute Prompts Vendor To Block Practice’s Access to EHRs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 13:03

A medical practice in Maine is working to regain access to patients’ electronic health records after its vendor blocked access to the data over $20,000 in unpaid bills. Legal experts say the case highlights why EHR contracts should consider what happens if the system stops working correctly, the provider struggles financially or the parties have a falling out.  Boston Globe.

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Lawmakers Urge HHS To Clarify HIPAA Rules for App Developers

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:52

In a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Reps. Tom Marino and Peter DeFazio urge the agency to update and clarify HIPAA regulations for mobile application developers. They note that HHS has failed to keep up with changes in the mobile health industry and that available guidance does not address the modern technologies vendors are using. Health Data Management et al.

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Observers Say Price Transparency Alone Might Not Cut Health Costs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:55

Stakeholders say that public data on the prices of specific medical procedures need to be combined with financial incentives to change consumer behavior. However, others caution that the lack of publicly available quality data does not allow consumers to properly assess the value of care. Kaiser Health News.

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White House CIO To Help USAID Leverage Tech in Ebola Outbreak

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:53

On Friday, the Obama administration announced that White House CIO Steve VanRoekel will join USAID as chief innovation officer of its Ebola response team. VanRoekel will help the response team improve its use of technology and data analytics in addressing the outbreak. Modern Healthcare at al.

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