This section includes coverage of the federal governments EHR incentive program for health care providers under the meaningful use umbrella. Topics include: EHR certification news, incentive attestation updates and lessons learned from medical groups and hospitals seeking to participate.
The American Hospital Association concurs with many concerns from six Republican members of the U.S. Senate who recently called for a pause to the EHR meaningful use program and re-examination of its strategies.
The Dent Neurologic Institute in Amherst, N.Y., experienced a breach of protected health information on May 13 and issued a public notice on May 14.
A hacker accessed personal and credit card information for patients of at least two health care organizations in North Carolina, coming in through the facilities Web sites built by the same vendor, E-dreamz Inc. in Charlotte.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights has scheduled four Web seminars to explain the omnibus final HIPAA rule to modify the privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules.
Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital is notifying about 10,300 patients after an employees password-protected but unencrypted laptop was stolen from a car on April 9. It is the third major breach for a university facility since August 2011.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission will host a free 90-minute Web seminar on May 30 to walk through using the Direct Project secure messaging protocols to comply with Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use measures.
An orthopedic clinic in North Carolina recently reported a major data breach when X-ray films were stolen for their silver content, and El Centro Regional Medical Center in California has just reported a similar breach.
Regional Medical Center at Memphis, known as The MED, is notifying nearly 1,200 patients of a breach of protected health information that includes Social Security numbers, reports WREG, the local CBS affiliate.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued guidance on how health information service providers and health information organizations can support providers in meeting the electronic health records meaningful use criteria for transition of care measures.
Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic in North Carolina is notifying approximately 17,300 patients of a breach of their protected health information after the clinic apparently was the victim of a scam.
Meaningful use certifications, mobile job searches, a new telemedicine product and a new name for an established firm are among recent announcements from health information technology vendors:
Disputing that physicians are purposely using electronic health records to generate higher Medicare billings and gaming the system, the American Medical Association says federal policies themselves put providers in a Catch-22 situation. One fix, according to the AMA, is to reconsider Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, in a letter to six U.S. Senators, strongly defends the electronic health records meaningful use program, while calling for a one-year extension of Stage 2 before Stage 3 begins.
As the feds ramp up enforcement of privacy and security rules, providers look to fill protection gaps.
Here is a tutorial from the Cleveland Clinic on maximizing proof of HIPAA privacy/security rule compliance through organized documentation by making a Book of Evidence.