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The American Medical Association (AMA) has announced a partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute to get a new clinical learning platform into medical schools, so students can gain experience with electronic health records (EHR) before beginning their residency. 

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has acquired the conference component of Health 2.0, focused on start-up digital technologies in healthcare.

If the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decides to ditch its in-house electronic health record (EHR) system for a commercial product, Cerner would be the best vendor candidate, according to a report from Black Book.

San Mateo County Health System in California may be adjacent to the technology hotbed of Silicon Valley, but you’d be wrong to assume it’s on the cutting edge of health IT. Instead, it has what the system’s chief information officer called a “spaghetti conundrum.”

The next head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be Donald Rucker, MD, a choice the industry was quick to praise once word of the pick leaked on March 31 due to an updated listing in the HHS employee directory.

 

Recent Headlines

HHS bends on Meaningful Use Stage 2

In a final rule published Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updated its requirement that eligible providers must use 2014 Edition certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs payments this year. Instead, they can now use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014.

FBI to examine ways to communicate cyber threat information more quickly

In the wake of the Community Health Systems (CHS) disclosure that hackers breached its computer system and accessed personal but not health data it held on 4.3 million people, a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) joined the monthly Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) cyber threat information call to discuss work being done to build a better public-private partnership on cyber threats facing the healthcare industry.

Study indicates improvement needed in EHR patient portals' display of test results

As healthcare systems implement EHR systems with patient portals for sharing test results and other health information in order to comply with Meaningful Use requirements, many have expressed concern that patients may be unable to comprehend their test results outside of a physician consult. A new study by University of Michigan researchers indicates that these critics may be right.

CHS confirms Chinese hackers accessed personal information on 4.5 million patients

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Community Health Systems (CHS), the nation’s leading for-profit publicly-traded operator of general acute-care hospitals, disclosed that this spring, a group likely originating in China was able to bypass its computer security measures and copy non-medical information on approximately 4.5 million individuals either treated at or referred to one of its facilities in the past five years.

CMS finally pins down new official ICD-10 deadline

As expected, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced late Thursday that Oct. 1, 2015, will indeed be the new transition date for the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD-10) coding system in healthcare claims — a date stakeholders have urged it to settle on for months.

Massachusetts attorney general wins $150,000 settlement from hospital that lost patient data

When computers or data-storage media with protected personal health information on them go missing, healthcare providers don’t just face the threat of federal fines and patient class action suits. Individual states also can sue if their residents were impacted.

MGMA joins in asking for greater Stage 2 Meaningful Use flexibility

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has joined other leading organizations, including the American Medical Association, in writing to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to ask for even more flexibility in how eligible providers can meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements for electronic health record technology under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

Recent court rulings could provide cover when computers with patient data are stolen

July decisions by courts in California and Illinois place limits on patient class-action suits when thieves steal computers containing protected personal health data.

Worries that hospitals will use EHRs to upcode may be overblown, new study finds

A study appearing in the latest issue of Health Affairs finds no evidence that hospitals are using new electronic health records (EHRs) to increase Medicare reimbursements.

Six powerful Congressmen push CMS for more ICD-10 implementation information

Exactly how ready is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to begin processing International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) coded claims now, and how much more does it need to do before October 1, 2015, the mandatory implementation deadline? Six of Congress’ most powerful legislators are demanding to know.

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