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Charging that the federal regulatory environment has not kept pace with the exploding mobile health sector, Reps. Tom Marino and Peter DeFazio have sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell calling on HHS to clarify and update HIPAA guidance given new mHealth technologies.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has named Alicia Morton, R.N., as director of the HIT certification program, succeeding Carol Bean who now is at Stanford University School of Medicine.  more »
The HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued guidance on application of specific HIPAA privacy rule provisions following last year’s Supreme Court ruling that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.  more »

The federal government will not finalize a rule that would adopt criteria for an optional 2015 Edition of electronic health records meaningful use certification.

Not all decisions pay off for health information management leaders, but many bring lasting benefits.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not fully developed plans for using Medicare Advantage encounter data--information on the services and items furnished to enrollees.

Cognizant’s $2.7 billion acquisition of insurance software vendor TriZetto significantly increases its footprint in the healthcare industry, but the price is very steep considering the acquired company has about $700 million in annual revenue.

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The age of wearable technology took a huge step forward on Sept. 9 as Apple introduced Apple Watch, available in early 2015.

In response to a Health and Human Services final rule issued late last month, HIMSS has voiced its opposition to the full-year meaningful use reporting requirement for 2015 using 2014 certified EHR technology.

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) from standards development organization Health Level Seven is gaining momentum as an open healthcare data standard.

Providers hoping the new final rule making modifications to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program will open the door to getting exemptions from participating are in for disappointment.

The ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus is an example of the way transitioning to ICD-10 can benefit the ability of public health officials to respond to global pandemics, according to an executive at 3M Health Information Systems.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not fully developed plans for using Medicare Advantage encounter data -- information on the services and items furnished to enrollees.

Former Allscripts CEO Glen Tullman, now a founding partner of investment firm 7wire Ventures, has launched Livongo Health, which offers a suite of services to support management of chronic conditions, starting with diabetes.

Enterprise content management is liberating unstructured data for some providers.

With over 90 percent of US hospitals attesting for meaningful use of an EHR last year, most hospital information system vendors reported continued growth in annual revenue for 2013. So how did your vendor fare in the race for these HITECH dollars?

With America’s aging population and changing demographics set to outpace the number of available primary care providers, the Federal Communications Commission sees broadband technology as a saving grace for the nation’s increasingly overburdened healthcare system.
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