The National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework would be "more useable and more prescriptive" for healthcare entities if it gave more specific guidance on implementation, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's Lee Kim.
The local environment affects a provider's ability to adopt and use interoperable health IT, according to an Urban Institute study recently released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society reached out to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week to create a plan to address health IT issues facing the nation's healthcare system.
Legislation introduced to Congress on Tuesday would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow eligible hospitals and providers looking to attest to Meaningful Use in 2015 a 90-day window to do so, as opposed to a 365-day reporting period.
HIMSS has joined a growing number of stakeholders decrying the federal government's Meaningful Use flexibility final rule requiring 365-day reporting using 2014 certification criteria in 2015.
HIMSS has presented three "Congressional Asks"--formal requests to Congress to accomplish specific goals to advance health IT.
For true interoperability to occur in the healthcare industry, stakeholders must recognize the barriers, according to Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of Informatics for HIMSS.
As threats quickly change in healthcare, those looking to a career in privacy and security in the industry should "be like a sponge," says Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
Clinical application support continues to be a major hiring need for healthcare organizations, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's second annual workforce survey.
Both the HIMSS and the AMA have weighed in on CMS' proposed rule allowing some flexibility in Meaningful Use attestation for 2014, welcoming the concept but expressing concern that they're not sufficient to help providers out.