Salt Lake City-based Medicity, a health information exchange (HIE) software provider, says it saw acceleration in the number of HIEs being formed in the second half of 2011. The company says it signed a record number of HIE contracts in 2011, with 43 health information exchanges (HIEs) contracting for its solutions, including 22 new ones.
"Our growth confirms that health information exchange has gained traction and validates the success Medicity has had over the past 10 years in establishing the most extensive footprint of connected health care providers in the nation," Brent Dover, president of Medicity, said in a statement.
Medicity's 43 contracts include solutions for HIEs run by private health systems, community exchanges sponsored by third-party health information organizations and direct physician-to-physician exchange through Medicity's iNexx platform.
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.
In an update, DirectTrust reported significant growth in Direct exchange of health information and the number of trusted Direct addressed enabled to share personal health information (PHI) in the third quarter of 2016.
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.