Privacy Expert McGraw to Join HHS Office for Civil Rights

June 17, 2015   |  David Raths
Health IT privacy policy expert Deven McGraw is joining the Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) as the deputy director for health information privacy.

Judy Murphy, R.N., on the Next Wave of Patient Engagement

June 17, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
It's time for consumers to become active members of their care teams, according to Judy Murphy, R.N., chief nursing officer and director, Global Business Services, at IBM Healthcare.

Are State Laws Holding Back Telehealth?

June 11, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
While there has been evidence showing the benefits of telehealth in the healthcare industry, the realization of those benefits may come to an abrupt stop at the state border.

Privacy Workgroup Prepares ‘Big Data’ Recommendations

June 8, 2015   |  David Raths
The Privacy and Security Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee is preparing a set of recommendations about how the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should approach “big data” issues.

AMA Backs Bill to Prohibit ICD-10

May 19, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The American Medical Association (AMA) is supporting the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, H.R. 2126, a proposed bill that would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10.

Criminal Attacks Surpass Negligence as Top Data Breach Source, Survey Finds

May 7, 2015   |  David Raths
In the fifth year of its annual survey about privacy and security issues facing healthcare organizations, the Ponemon Institute found that for the first time providers reported that the No. 1 root cause of their data breaches was criminal and malicious attacks.

House Bill Proposes Halt to ICD-10 Implementation

May 5, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
A new bill has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10.

Children’s Hospital Launches Telemedicine Program for Pediatric Obesity

April 22, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children's Hospital has announced that it will launch a telemedicine program aimed to tackle pediatric obesity.

ONC Updates its Privacy and Security Guide

April 20, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Last week during the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published a revised version of its “Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information.”

In Illinois, a Virtual Health Platform Has Become “The Facebook of Healthcare”

April 6, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Last year, the Chicago-based NextLevel Health Partners was awarded a contract to provide care coordination services to seniors, people with disabilities, and those newly eligible under the expansion of Medicaid under the ACA. A vital piece to that project was...

Making the Rounds: How Canadian Docs Have Embraced Social Networking

March 30, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
In the U.S., there is SERMO, a private social network exclusively for doctors, and Doximity, an online social networking service for physicians in the country. Canada, however, didn't have a social networking service until The Rounds came along. Now, the...

States to Investigate Premera Data Breach

March 26, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Insurance commissioners from multiple states are teaming up to investigate the massive data breach of health insurer Premera.
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