AHIP and BCBSA have developed an implementation guide (“Implementation Guide for the Personal Health Record Data Transfer Between Health Plans”) containing technical standards, a data dictionary and operating rules for the transfer of PHR data elements between health insurance plans. Its use by health plans allows individuals to move PHR data when their health coverage changes, in compliance with state and federal privacy and security laws, they state.
AHIP and BCBSA have agreed to turn over long-term maintenance of the technical-standards components (of the Implementation Guide) to HL7 and ASC X12 for further development and balloting.
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.
Healthcare organizations are once again urging U.S. Senate and House leaders to protect the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from more budget cuts for 2017.
Accenture Federal Services (AFS) has announced two pilot demonstrations with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to determine how patient-generated health data can be used by care teams and researchers.