Biography for Dan Bowman
Dan Bowman serves as senior editor of all of Fierce's Health IT publications (FierceHealthIT, FierceMobileHealthcare, FierceEMR and FierceMedicalImaging), and contributes to Fierce's other healthcare publications. Prior to joining FierceMarkets in 2008, Dan worked as a sports copy editor for several newspapers, including the Washington Post and the Washington Times. He's a huge basketball fan (playing and watching), religiously follows the Knicks and loves a good book. He's based at FierceMarkets' main office in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow his tweets @FierceHealthIT and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Dan Bowman
All too often, cybersecurity is treated as a feature that can be added on to healthcare technology as a separate entity, when instead, it should be built into such tools, according to health IT analyst Shahid Shah.
While the both proposed rule for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use and the accompanying certification rule emphasize the use of application programming interfaces for sharing health information with patients, that outlined proposal doesn't go far enough, according to Ashish Jha, a professor of international health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Information technology and the interoperability of electronic patient data will be critical components to President Barack Obama's new Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network initiative, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said at a kickoff event for the effort on Wednesday.
As details continue to emerge following the recent hack attacks on payers Anthem and Premera--in which information for close to 90 million consumers combined may have been put at risk--perhaps the most disturbing revelation of all is that, in both instances, neither entity appears to truly take security seriously.
In the wake of the recent Premera data breach, in which information for roughly 11 million consumers was compromised, legal and financial fallout looms large both from the company's perspective and a consumer perspective, according to Ken Dort, a partner at national law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath's intellectual property practice group.
An audit report received by Premera three weeks before the Mountlake Terrace, Washington-based health payer's systems were breached warned of looming network security issues. The health insurer revealed this week that a "sophisticated cyberattack" led to the personal information for 11 million customers to be put at risk.
Security must be a priority from the outset of medical device creation, as opposed to a tacked on afterthought, a new report published this week stresses.
Phase II of the federal HIPAA audit program remains "under development," Joceyln Samuels, director of the Health and Human Services Department's Office for Civil Rights, said Monday at the 23rd National HIPAA Summit in the District of Columbia.
As reimbursement for telehealth care grows more ubiquitous, hospitals increasingly are taking advantage of the technology to improve patient care. Case in point, New York-based Mount Sinai Health System this week announced the launch of several telehealth initiatives to extend care beyond its walls.
Technology will play an integral role in deployment of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "Next Generation Accountable Care Organization" model announced Tuesday, several health IT stakeholder organizations say.