HIM professionals of the early 1990s might not recognize the profession without paper, but they would understand the basic role -- and probably be proud of the new value it's bringing to American healthcare. That will be on display at the AHIMA convention next week.
With almost two million Americans falling victim to medical identity theft annually, California's Attorney General thinks prevention should be integrated into reform efforts, and she's offering a roadmap.
A number of vendors have had to go through several certification trials to meet the meaningful use requirements. And after a sharp drop in vendors attempting to certify their EHRs or modules earlier this year, the certification bodies are now starting to see more activity.
Hospitals, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, IT vendors and teaching hospitals are hoping to scale back proposed rules for telling patients how their data is used and by whom. Patient groups, on the other side of the battle, are digging in to defend what they see as essential rights being codified by HITECH.
While the shopping experience isn't seamless or entirely accessible online just yet, the products -- health plans -- are guaranteed to be available, affordable and comprehensive, helping prevent medical bankruptcy if not consumer impatience.
After a 16-day political game of chicken to the tune of a double-digit billion-dollar loss to the economy, the U.S. government is operational again. Here's what was missed at ONC and how it will impact the office's plans moving forward.
The omnibus HIPAA Final Rule, along with a near-constant stream of data breaches, has many folks thinking encryption is the only answer. But there are times when it's neither required nor particularly helpful.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was recently the center of an in-depth media investigation, revealing egregious stories of privacy and security breaches, and adding to an already stark account of the agency's stewardship in keeping veterans' health records safe.
As federal incentive dollars from HITECH Act start to peter out, private investment in health IT sector has stepped up to the plate, topping $737M in the third quarter as electronic health record adoption reaches critical mass, according to the new report from Mercom Capital Group.
If the ACA's goal of insuring every American is to be realized, states like Texas and Florida will have to expand Medicaid, Congress will have to amend the law, or states and HHS will have to craft waivers.