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The protected health information of 18,470 patients at Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) may have compromised by a data breach the system first discovered in October.

Optum, the consulting and services arm of health insurance giant UnitedHealth Group, announced at the launch of a $250 million venture capital fund investing in data analytics and digital health firms.

David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, asked a House committee to redirect $782 million of his agency’s budget to begin the switch from the VA’s legacy electronic health record system to a new Cerner platform.

Like most healthcare conventions this year, the 2017 meeting of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) featured plenty of talk about healthcare policy coming out of Washington, D.C. With much of the attention taken up by the Affordable Care Act’s future, AHIMA’s leaders were considering the future of a different law: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

All of Us, the precision medicine research program run by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will utilize data from the popular consumer wearable Fitbit, with 10,000 of the devices being provided to volunteers for one year.


Recent Headlines

House approves VA and Defense budget bill with HIT interoperability requirement

In what may be a signal of how serious legislators are about the need for health information technology (HIT) developers to advance interoperability in EHR systems at a faster pace, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and Defense Department appropriations bill that holds back HIT funding until progress on EHR interoperability is demonstrated.

Will new deadline set for ICD-10 stick?

The changeover to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) coding set has a new deadline, but after several such delays, uncertainty continues about the permanence of this deadline.

State medical boards issue telemedicine policy guidelines that favor video

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has updated its voluntary telemedicine policy guidelines to ensure that as communication technologies and care delivery systems evolve, patients are protected.

AHIMA conference concludes without new ICD-10 implementation date

Despite high hopes that Denise Buenning, acting deputy director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services, would use her appearance at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Washington, D.C., as a platform for revealing the new ICD-10 implementation date, the conference ended Wednesday with no further information from CMS on when the actual switch would happen.

Allina Health finds even small use of HIE can prevent care duplication, drug seeking

Minneapolis-based Allina Health’s division of applied research has published a study on its use of one health information exchange (HIE) tool that indicates that even when a HIE is used in a relatively limited fashion, it can help improve care.

Coalition urges CMS to name new ICD-10 transition date now

A broad group of healthcare industry stakeholders involved in the transition to International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD-10) coding system are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to name Oct. 1, 2015 — the soonest possible date for the transition — as the new date for the change.

CIOs workloads outpacing compensation

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) responsibilities have increased dramatically since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the HITECH Act) passed in February of 2009, and their compensation is not keeping up finds a survey of more than 200 healthcare executives conducted by search firm, SSi-SEARCH.

IOM recommends EHRs include social and behavioral information

An Institutes of Medicine (IOM) committee has issued new recommendations that electronic health records (EHRs) should include social and behavioral data on patients in addition to medical data. However, the IOM does not address the potential patients sensitivities and security issues in including this data.

ICD-10 delay increases transition costs and confusion

The proposal to delay the mandatory implementation of ICD-10 coding went from introduction to being passed by Congress in less than a week and left many hospital and health system CIOs, CMIOs and consultants across the country scrambling to figure out what their next steps should be.

HIPPA security? There’s an app for that

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a free app to help small to medium-sized outpatient healthcare providers conduct required security risk assessments.