Midway through her first year as national coordinator for health IT, Karen DeSalvo, no doubt, has put her stamp on ONC.
With stricter HIPAA audits on the horizon, the threat of the Federal Trade Commission also cracking down on breaches and the notorious Heartbleed bug looming, you would think the healthcare industry--and provider organizations, in particular--would take any measures necessary to ensure, or at least improve, privacy and security. That, however, does not appear to be the case, if news reported within the past few months is any indication.
As the use of technology in healthcare becomes more ubiquitous, one question that deserves more attention is that of the role of nurses in making development and implementation decisions; essentially, what should that role be?
As if data breaches weren't already painful enough for hospital CIOs with the new HIPAA rules, now it appears that government regulation may not end with the Office for Civil Rights.
Last spring, I wrote in this space that telemedicine was poised for a mainstream breakthrough. While that prediction hasn't exactly come to fruition--according to the American Telemedicine Association, as of Jan. 3, 2014, 13 states still have yet to propose any sort of telehealth legislation or even examine its effectiveness via a taskforce--I still believe that significant groundwork has been laid since that time.