Healthcare IT News' top 10 list of the largest healthcare data breaches of 2012 should send a blaring message: Healthcare organizations are not taking the steps necessary to protect patients' personal health information.
The Michigan Health Information Network is partnering with software firm HIPAAT to bring HIEs and RHIOs throughout the state personal health information consent management programs, as more Michiganders enter EHR systems.
Millions of American consumers flocked to internet retail in the 2000s, as cloud services grew and web design blossomed. By the time the ACA was passed, a first generation of online HIXs had laid the IT groundwork.
A new report released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows modest state costs for implementing the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act compared to significant increases in federal funds, allowing some states to see net budget savings even as millions of low-income uninsured Americans gain health coverage.
Will overall “health literacy” lead to greater use of PHRs? With MU Stage 2 having incorporated an element of patient engagement into the latest criteria, that question is weighing more heavily on stakeholders’ minds.
Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), a provider of software development and support for VistA and vxVistA, today announced its subcontract award to support the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Integrated Electronic Health Record (iEHR) project. Led by prime contractor Systems Made Simple (SMS), DSS will help integrate disparate DoD and VA data onto a single architecture system, helping to standardize critical patient and financial information between the two departments for full interoperability and enhanced functionality.
Election uncertainty made holding off on a health insurance exchange or Medicaid expansion appealing to conservative Governors. And while many are still resisting, experts in the trenches believe that is on the verge of changing now that President Obama has been reelected.
The real revolution in healthcare is not so much in the ACA as health IT, some experts say, and the difficulties associated with implementing and meaningfully using EHRs will not get any easier just because President Obama will be in the White House for a second term.
Among more than a hundred ballot initiatives in 38 states, voters in conservative states passed symbolic constitutional amendments opposing the individual mandate, while Missouri's law limiting efforts to craft a state insurance exchange could have some unintended consequences.
GetWellNetwork, Inc., a provider of interactive patient care (IPC) solutions, announced today that the company has seen 125% growth through September 2012 compared to the same period in 2011 and is on pace for another record year. With patient engagement as a central component of recent regulatory and reimbursement changes, IPC solutions are being adopted at their fastest rate since their introduction more than ten years ago.
Kaiser Health News found that of eligible hospitals, 17 percent are receiving fines for readmissions, particularly for patients with heart attacks, heart failure, or pneumonia. And it's happening in 5 states more than elsewhere.