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Reducing funding to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from $60 million to $38 million, as the Trump administration has proposed, may hamper advancements in interoperability and the goals of 21st Century Cures Act, according to several leading health IT groups.

When it comes to tracking calories, wearables like Apple Watch and Fitbit often provide very inaccurate information, according to Stanford University researchers.

The worldwide ransomware attack using software known as “WannaCry” temporarily disrupted computers at the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, while U.S. healthcare organizations were largely spared, but CIOs and CISOs can still use this incident as a learning opportunity. 

The May 12 cyberattack that hit the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS), FedEx and other companies around the globe could have been limited if computers had been regularly applying security patches. John Christly, chief information security officer (CISO) at Netsurion and EventTracker, spoke to HealthExec about what made this ransomware attack unique and how healthcare CISOs can point to it to get others in the C-suite to prioritize cybersecurity.

NYC Health + Hospitals, the operator of public hospitals and clinic in New York, announced it will “implement new, advanced revenue cycle technology” from Epic at a cost of $289 million over the next five years.

 

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Interoperability of HIEs still lacking

Most stakeholders are concerned with the progress of health information exchanges and pessimistic that health record connectivity will be achieved within the next few years, according to a Black Book survey.

Two hospitals did not comply with Medicare billing requirements

Audits from the Office of the Inspector General found two hospitals failed to comply with Medicare billing requirements for Kwashiorkor, a form of severe protein malnutrition.

CMS videos explain ICD-10

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released two videos to explain the transition to updated medical codes and ICD-10.

Survey examines revenue cycle management for medical practices

Medical practices usually do not outsource their billing and collections processes, but revenue cycle management is becoming more popular, according to a recent survey of several hundred practices.

Google, Mayo Clinic forge partnership

Google and the Mayo Clinic announced a partnership aimed at providing more reliable and accurate healthcare information. The changes are expected to be unveiled on Feb. 17.

WEDI Survey: Few healthcare stakeholders find value in HPID transactions

Only 15 percent of all stakeholders report that they find any value in the use of unique Health Plan Identifier within electronic transactions adopted under HIPAA, according to a survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

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.

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