Of the 176 respondents, most said their organizations are in the early stages of implementing applications based on standards under consideration by ONCHIT and CMS. Nearly two-thirds said they were at least somewhat worried about their ability to implement standards-based applications and how that would affect meaningful use determinations for their organizations, while only 8.3 percent said they were not worried about achieving deadlines, says CHIME.
Respondents expressed serious concern that vendors won’t be ready to offer standards-based products that will enable providers to meet the deadline (21.6 percent listing vendor readiness as their top concern). According to CHIME, the need to deploy upgraded or new systems in order to comply was mentioned as the top concern by 14.8 percent of all respondents. Also mentioned as the top impediments were insufficient capital (15.3 percent), lacking staff with needed skill sets (10.2 percent) and insufficient staff (8.5 percent).
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Officials from Carequality have stated that there are now more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live on its network. These participants are also able to share health data records with one another, regardless of technology vendor.
While stolen financial data still has a higher market value than stolen medical records, as financial data can be monetized faster, there are indications that there is ongoing development of a market for stolen medical data, according to an Intel Security McAfee Labs report.
A phishing scam at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass. has potentially exposed the personal data of 13,000 patients, according to a privacy statement from the patient care organization and a report from MassLive.