This week in Government Health IT: Reports expose state and local governments as ill-prepared, whether that be for Big Data or cyber-attacks. Also, think tanks talk patient-centered care for cost-savings.
A report examining the well-known Utah Department of Health data breach found an increasing correlation between people whose data has been breached and victims of fraud -- which is where financial institutions might be able to play a more proactive role.
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Tuesday kicked off the “Health Information Technologies” hearing series to discuss the critical role of technology in the health care industry and how federal regulations and taxes could impact patients, hinder innovation, and increase costs for consumers.
Saying that the ACA "is going to be an implementation disaster," that will "hurt our economy severely," Senators including Marco Rubio insist they will only agree to a bill funding the federal government if it contains cuts to spending on the health reform law.
A new report found that fewer patient records were compromised, but breaches spiked upward and the firm cautioned against complacency, saying that last year's attack on the Utah health department might be "the canary in the coal mine."
The Kaiser Family Foundation's annual survey of state Medicaid programs shows progress on interoperability and states mostly preparing to comply with the ACA's IT requirements, even if some are rejecting Medicaid expansion.