With many new gubernatorial administrations being formed across the country, observers expect quite a bit of turnover in state-level health IT coordinator positions. On Dec. 31, California’s deputy secretary for health information technology, Jonah Frohlich, announced he was leaving state government to take a position at Manatt, Phelps and Phillips as managing director in its Health Solutions consulting group.
On Jan. 13, Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, announced an interim replacement. She said Linette Scott, M.D., would continue the collaborative process to develop health information exchange capacity in California that has been spearheaded by Frohlich over the past two years.
Dr. Scott will also continue to serve as the deputy director for health information and strategic planning in the California Department of Public Health, a position she has occupied since January 2008.
Dooley noted that Scott been a leader in the e-health initiative in California over the past two years, representing public health throughout the statewide process. She will lead the statewide effort until a new deputy secretary for health information technology is appointed.
Eleven private insurers, including Aetna, Humana and Anthem, are urging the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to consider the experience of commercial insurers when evaluating the impact of telemedicine coverage in Medicare.
With the aim of improving patient safety monitoring, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently developing and testing an improved patient safety surveillance system.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $210 million to Seattle-based University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, with the funds going toward the construction of a new building to serve as the initiative’s hub.
More than half (56 percent) of healthcare professionals believe their organization could be doing more to educate employees on HIPAA compliance and the rules around sharing protected health information.
The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is partnering with DigitalGlobe to create the Health Equity Atlas Initiative (ATLAS), a platform that standardizes and maps population data in order to generate insights that address health inequities.