New risks have upped the ante for HIPAA security and privacy officers and increased fines have many on edge. Particularly in the aftermath of the Community Health Systems (CHS) breach, which put 4.5 million patient records at risk across 29 states and 206 hospitals, last year's risk assessments look woefully inadequate for many healthcare systems and practices. What's worrying privacy and security officers this year?
Interoperability and Meaningful Use efforts need to be aligned with other healthcare regulatory and industry initiatives, according to the eHealth Initiative, which on Thursday unveiled its 2020 roadmap for transforming health IT.
It's an exciting time for healthcare, and technology is the key to better care, but there's still work to do, according to Robert Wah, president of the American Medical Association.
In part 1 of an exclusive interview with FierceHealthIT, Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst talks about ONC's ongoing leadership trials and tribulations, as well as the Meaningful Use program.
FiercePracticeManagement talks to J eb Shepard, senior government affairs representative of the Medical Group Management Association, about the highlights of this year's Washington Update at the MGMA annual conference.
Hospital CIOs expressed concern that the sudden announced departures of National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider potentially leave federal health IT efforts in limbo.
At the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange's annual fall conference in Reston, Virginia on Tuesday, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo reiterated the challenges and goals associated with implementing ubiquitous interoperability throughout the healthcare industry.
Health industry groups expressed optimism following the Oct. 15 meeting of the federal government's Health IT Policy and Standards committees to discuss a draft interoperability road map unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In particular, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Health Level Seven International (HL7) viewed the road map as step in the right direction.
Various federal legislators and other healthcare leaders gathered to share their thoughts on the importance of technology's evolving role in improving patient care at the HIMSS National Health IT Week press conference in the District of Columbia on Thursday afternoon.
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo made no bones about the direction she and ONC would like to see federal health IT efforts take in a keynote address at the HIMSS Annual Policy Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.