The highly regulated health care industry must contend with an ever-changing array of mandates from the state and federal governments. In this section, stories cover a broad range of laws that affect privacy and security of health information, the use of medical devices, and initiatives requiring data reporting for quality purposes. In addition, health care reform topics such as accountable care organizations and health insurance exchanges are covered here.
An online survey of hospital chief information officers reveals that despite progress in electronic health records adoption providers continue to experience problems with EHR usability and reliable information retrieval at the point-of-care.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued guidance on the distinctions between medical device recalls and medical device enhancements.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has funded a study to investigate the impact of electronic health records and meaningful use criteria on emergency department workflow at two New York City hospitals.
Patient portals have a lot of room for improvement as evidenced by the fact that providers do not have a high level of enthusiasm for their organizations current offerings from vendors.
The electronic health records system at 28-provider United Regional Physician Group was not working well with high levels of dissatisfaction among clinicians and staff members.
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) today announced that it is winding down all operations, effective immediately, with all work slated to end by November 14, 2014. According to CCHIT, customers and business colleagues have been notified and its staff is assisting in the transition.
A Medical Group Management Association survey of more than 1,000 physician practice members finds very high levels of dissatisfaction with three major federal quality reporting programs: Physician Quality Reporting System, EHR Meaningful Use and the Value-Based Payment Modifier Program.
With last weeks announcement that National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., has left ONC and Deputy National Coordinator for HIT Jacob Reider, M.D., will depart next month, the American Medical Association has expressed its concerns that their departures are creating a leadership gap which is putting at risk the agencys progress in addressing critical challenges such as interoperability.
With the HHS Office for Civil Rights expected to begin random HIPAA audits in 2015, covered entities should take another look at the expanded penalties for privacy and security violations under the updated HIPAA Omnibus rule that went into effect in September 2013.
Johns Hopkins Medicine has been tasked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lead a group designing an interactive web-based learning program that will guide healthcare workers, nurses and physicians through government-approved protocols to aid clinicians as they care for patients who may be at risk of contracting the Ebola virus.
Soon after the announcement that Karen DeSalvo was leaving the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, deputy national coordinator Jacob Reider announced that he soon is returning home to Albany, N.Y.
Recommendations adopted last week calling on the government to re-align the EHR meaningful use program to expand interoperability are getting kudos from industry stakeholders.
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the national coordinator for health information technology, is leaving the office immediately to become Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services.
A new four-year federal initiative backed with $840 million in funding is designed to aid 150,000 physician practices in transforming their operations to improve the efficiency, quality and coordination of care, supported with information technologies.
A $15 million project, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to define an application programming interface for electronic health records, could turn EHRs into effective public health tools at the point of care in fighting Ebola.