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.
Six more software vendors recently had electronic health records products certified for meeting some or all requirements of revised Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, called the 2014 Edition. They include:
Stephen Imrie, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon in solo practice in San Jose, is offering about 8,900 patients a year of identity protection services from AllClearID after a password protected laptop was stolen from his home in September.
Protected health information for about 32,500 patients of Cottage Health System could have been exposed on the Internet for up to four years.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights is doing an inadequate job of enforcing the HIPAA security rule by conducting audits, and has not properly secured its own related information systems, a report from the HHS Office of Inspector General contends.
Kaiser Permanente has notified about 49,000 patients of Anaheim Medical Center that a flash drive containing protected health information is missing from the nuclear medicine department.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is offering 839,711 members a year of paid credit and identity protection services from Experian after two password-protected but unencrypted laptop computers were stolen.
Houston Methodist Hospital learned on Dec. 5 that an encrypted laptop and some paper files were stolen, and began notifying patients, local media and federal officials on Dec. 6.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has added a third year to Stage 2 of the EHR meaningful use program and has delayed the start of Stage 3 until 2017. Providers with at least two years of participation in Stage 2 can start Stage 3--the criteria of which remains in development--in 2017.
At first read, the CMS/ONC announcement that Stage 2 of EHR meaningful use will be extended by a year appears to give providers more time to get ready for their first reporting period. But that is not the case, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is offering new guidance on identifying unsafe conditions with electronic health records.
Many radiologists in private practice may want to take a wait-and-see approach to meaningful use, despite missing out on the federal financial incentives for adopting electronic health records.
Three provider organizations recently have reported serious breaches where protected information was purposely accessed by unauthorized personnel, but only one is offering protection to patients:
Four industry organizations are asking Congress to push for Stage 3 requirements for expanding interoperability of electronic health records, including data generated from remote patient monitoring systems.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a four-page guidance sheet to aid eligible professionals in meeting Stage 2 meaningful use requirements covering a summary of care, clinical summary and patient electronic access to their medical record.
Cloud security, automated syndromic reporting and a private network for the autism community highlight recent announcements from health information technology vendors: