Electronic Health Records

Telecommunication Policies May Have Unintended Health Care Consequences

Location:
Health Affairs Blog, 7500 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD, 20814, United States
Recommendation:
3

Reverting back to a voluntary approach to network neutrality potentially threatens the well-being of many people, particularly those at risk for health disparities due to low income or rural residency.

Health IT: HHS Should Assess the Effectiveness of Its Efforts to Enhance Patient Access to and Use of Electronic Health Information

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

The Department of Health and Human Services wants all Americans to be able to access their health records electronically.

The future of health information technology in a Trump presidency

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Under Trump’s Administration, no other sector will undergo as many fundamental changes as healthcare. President-elect Trump’s healthcare policies have been particularly vague; although he is intent on repealing Affordable Care Act, we are not certain about his solutions for replacing it, other than the proposal to allow health insurers to compete in multiple states.

Cyberattacks on personal health records growing ‘exponentially’

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

In 2015, 113 million electronic health records were breached, a major leap over the 12.5 million the year before. In 2009, the number was less than 135,000.

No surprise doctors dislike electronic health records

Location:
American Medical Association, 515 N. State Street, Chicago, IL, 60654, United States
Recommendation:
3

If there was a wearable that could alert you and your doctor if you were in danger of having a heart attack, would you want it? I sure would. But apparently, not everyone feels the same way.

Electronic Health Records Company Settles FTC Charges It Deceived Consumers About Privacy of Doctor Reviews

Location:
Practice Fusion, San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Practice Fusion, a cloud-based electronic health record company, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it misled consumers by soliciting reviews for their doctors, without disclosing adequately that these reviews would be publicly posted on the Internet resulting in the public disclosure of patients’ sensitive personal and medical information.

US, Canada issue joint alert on 'ransomware' after hospital attacks

Location:
cci, United States
Recommendation:
2

The United States and Canada issued a rare joint cyber alert, warning against a recent surge in extortion attacks that infect computers with viruses known as "ransomware," which encrypt data and demand payments for it to be unlocked.

Why hackers are going after health-care providers

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Here's what you need to know about how health-care providers became the latest digital battleground.

Rural Healthcare's Broadband Gap Widens

Location:
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 74078, United States
Recommendation:
3

Healthcare institutions in non-metro counties have significantly slower broadband than metropolitan institutions do, a new study shows. And the gap is getting bigger.

A Hospital Paralyzed by Hackers

Location:
Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, 1300 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027, United States
Recommendation:
2

A cyberattack in Los Angeles (CA) has left doctors locked out of patient records for more than a week. Unless the medical facility pays a ransom, it’s unclear that they'll ...

Groups Support Calls for FCC To Update Rural Health Care Program

Location:
Personal Connected Health Alliance, 4300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Personal Connected Health Alliance have sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission supporting calls for the department to modernize the Rural Health Care Program.

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Time for the FCC to Modernize the Rural Health Care Program

Every day, broadband is playing a bigger and bigger role in health care. Broadband can play a role in eliminating disparities in health care between urban and rural areas, and telemedicine can significantly lower the costs of care for everyone. But gaps in broadband availability, especially in rural areas, are preventing video-based diagnoses, remote patient monitoring, and electronic health record operability. When Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, it gave the Federal Communications Commission broad authority to address broadband needs of rural health providers to remedy these disparities. But nearly 20 years later, Congress’ vision remains unrealized. In a recent filing, the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (“SHLB”) Coalition and a consortium of health care providers asked the FCC to initiate a rulemaking to modernize the Commission’s Rural Health Care program so it can help improve the quality of health care available to patients in rural communities and ensure that rural health care providers have access to telecommunications and broadband services.

$750,000 HIPAA settlement emphasizes the importance of risk analysis and device and media control policies

Location:
Cancer Care Group, PC, 6100 West 96th St , Indianapolis, IN, 46278, United States
Recommendation:
1

Cancer Care Group, PC agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Meaningful Use impact on physician EHR adoption 'weak'

Location:
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), Oxford, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
1

The Meaningful Use program and its incentive payments lack "statistical significance" on physicians' adoption rates of electronic health records, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA).

HITPC approves recommendations that drive better understanding of big data's privacy issues

Location:
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), 200 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20201, United States
Recommendation:
1

More understanding of the privacy and security issues surrounding big data is needed to advance a learning healthcare system, according to the Health IT Policy Committee’s Privacy & Security Work Group. Stanley Crosley, of Drinker Biddle & Reath law firm and co-chair of the group, presented the work group’s recommendations to the committee during its Aug. 11 meeting.

Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices

Location:
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD, 20899-1070, United States
Recommendation:
1

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) has released a draft for public comment of the first guide in a new series of publications that will show businesses and other organizations how to improve their cybersecurity using standards-based, commercially available or open-source tools.

OPM Database Storing 4 Billion Employee Health Records Needs Security Upgrades

Location:
Office of Personnel Management (OPM), 1900 E Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20415, United States
Recommendation:
2

the Office of Personnel Management is preparing to go live with a database of health claims to aid agency planners in conducting cost analyses that will contain just that type of detailed health information on federal workers. Meanwhile, the OPM Office of the Inspector General, which operates under separate statutory authority from the agency writ large, does, in fact, maintain a massive database of employees’ health information.

Vast data warehouse raises HealthCare.gov privacy concerns

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
2

A government data warehouse that stores personal information on millions of HealthCare.gov customers is raising privacy concerns at a time when major breaches have become distressingly common.

President Obama admits HealthCare.gov was a ‘well-documented disaster’

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

President Barack Obama is again acknowledging critics of his signature health-care initiative as the government continues to grapple with new, technologically complex demands.

VA Demos Prototype for New Patient Record System

Location:
Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20420, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Department of Veterans Affairs is designing a new platform that can pull patient records from disparate hospital systems into one virtual place, potentially giving physicians a more complete look at a patient's history.

Tech Rivalries Impede Digital Medical Record Sharing

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Since President Barack Obama took office, the federal government has poured more than $29 billion into health information technology and told doctors and hospitals to use electronic medical records or face financial penalties. But some tech companies, hospitals and laboratories are intentionally blocking the electronic exchange of health information because they fear that they will lose business if they share information on patients with competing providers, administration officials said.

Washington State Enacts Telehealth Parity Law

Location:
Washington State Legislature, 106 Legislative Building, Olympia, WA, 98504, United States
Recommendation:
1

In April, Washington state enacted legislation requiring coverage of medical services delivered through telehealth technology, making it the latest State to join the growing consensus that telehealth is an important component of efficiently delivering health care.

HHS announces $1 million in new grant programs to help improve sharing of health information

Location:
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), 200 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20201, United States
Recommendation:
2

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., announced the availability of $1 million in grant funds to support community projects for the Community Interoperability Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program.

IBM Creates Watson Health to Analyze Medical Data

Location:
IBM, 1 New Orchard Road, Armonk, NY, 10504-1722, United States
Recommendation:
3

IBM is taking its Watson artificial-intelligence technology into health care in a big way with industry partners, a pair of acquisitions and an ambitious agenda.

Obama Administration Report Slams Digital Health Records

Location:
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), 200 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC, 20201, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Obama Administration took vendors of electronic health records to task for making it costly and cumbersome to share patient information and frustrating a $30 billion push to use digital records to improve quality and cut costs.

Senators Want to Speed Adoption of Electronic Health Records Systems

Location:
Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pension, Constitution Avenue and 2nd Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
1

It could be years before patient health records flow seamlessly between hospitals, despite federal and state efforts to encourage information exchange. Lawmakers asked representatives from the private sector how they could speed up that process. During a hearing at the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) asked witnesses what could be preventing hospitals and health care providers from adopting electronic health recorrds (EHR) systems.

Accompanying Apple Watch, a medical surprise

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States
Recommendation:
1

In a surprise announcement that overshadowed the presentation of its new Apple Watch -- for the health care industry, at least -- Apple unveiled a new biomedical platform called ResearchKit. The platform, which will be available on the latest version of iPhone software in April, will allow any iPhone user to enroll in tests of new drugs and therapies by downloading apps from hospitals and providers who are recruiting patients.

Will the iPhone transform medicine? The FDA may have something to say

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States
Recommendation:
1

Apple's keynote seemed to imply that iPhones, and ResearchKit, would transform our smartphones into medical tricorders, ready to diagnose Parkinson’s disease or atherosclerosis at the tap of a screen. Not so fast. Oddly, not once in any of the announcement of ResearchKit did we see mention of premarket approval, 510k submission, or even investigational device exemptions.

Here's What the White House's First Chief Data Scientist Will Do

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

Not only is the Obama Administration hiring its first federal chief data scientist, it’s hiring the man widely credited with coining the term “data scientist”: DJ Patil.

Report Finds Jump in Electronic Health Record Awareness

Location:
National Partnership for Women & Families (NPW&F) , 1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20009, United States
Recommendation:
1

Digitization of medical records and histories and making them accessible via the Internet is viewed as a means of enhancing health and medical care, as well as cutting costs -- if carried out judiciously and with personal privacy and data security foremost in mind. As a study from the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPW&F) reveals, it can also lead to higher levels of interest and greater engagement on the part of patients.

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