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Report: 60 Percent of Healthcare Data Breaches in February Came From Within the Organizations

In February, hacking incidents only accounted for 12 percent of total healthcare data breach incidents, yet insiders were responsible for almost 60 percent of the total breach incidents during the month, which points to a troubling trend, according to the latest Protenus “Breach Barometer” report.

Venture Fund Targets Data-Driven Health Technologies

Seattle-based Biomatics Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on genomics, digital health and data-driven healthcare technologies, has announced the closing of its initial fund of $200 million, in excess of its target of $150 million.

AHIMA Issues Guidelines to Enhance HIM Practices for LGBT Populations

The Chicago-based American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has issued a practice brief that offers guidelines and recommendations for healthcare professionals and health information management (HIM) professionals to implement inclusive HIM practices for the LGBT community, as well as individuals on a spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities.

GAO Report: HHS Needs to Step Up Efforts to Encourage Patient Access, Use of EHRs

Health care providers that participated in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered nearly 9 out of 10 patients the ability to access their health information online. However, a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that relatively few of these patients accessed their records online, and patients typically did so in response to a medical visit.

American Heart Association Launches Cardiac Precision Medicine Data Platform

The American Heart Association developed a data discovery platform, the Precision Medicine Platform, which will allow researchers and physicians to access and analyze volumes of cardiovascular and stroke data.

PA Patient Safety Report: HIT Contributed to 889 Medication-Error Events in Six Months

In the first six months of 2016, Pennsylvania healthcare facilities reported 889 medication-error events that indicated health IT as a contributing factor, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

Report: NQF’s MAP Recommends HHS Remove Ineffective Quality Measures

The Washington, DC-based National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) on Thursday issued guidance to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommending significant improvements to measure sets used in federal programs.

UC Riverside Launches Telemedicine Pilot Project to Treat MS Patients

Researchers at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside have received a grant from Genetech, a biotechnology company, to develop and pilot-test a new home-based telemedicine program geared toward treating multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

MGMA Urges CMS to Immediately Release MIPS Reporting Information

In a letter to CMS, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has called for the immediate release of critical 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility information, including notifications about the low volume threshold exemption.

Study: Patients Typing Visit Agendas into EHRs Improves Communication with Physicians

Patients attending a safety-net primary care clinic in Seattle were interested and able to type their agenda into the electronic health record (EHR) visit note, and as a result, both patients and clinicians felt improved communication.

CMS Launches Chronic Care Management Education Initiative for Clinicians

Chronic care management (CCM) is a critical component of primary care that contributes to better outcomes and care, yet it often requires time and effort by clinicians to provide the between-appointment services that patients need to stay on track with their treatment plans.

UPMC, PinnacleHealth Sign Letter of Intent to Pursue Affiliation

PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg, Pa. and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) have signed a letter of intent to pursue an affiliation, making it one of the biggest deals ever of its kind in the region.

Eight Health IT Companies Upgrade to Second Version of EHR Developer Code of Conduct

Eight electronic health record (EHR) developers, including Cerner, Epic and Allscripts, have signed on to the second iteration of the EHR Association’s EHR Developer Code of Conduct.

Two Healthcare Non-Profits Focused on Patient Safety Announce Merger Plans

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) announced plans this week to merge their organizations, effective May 1.

Health IT Now Coalition Questions ONC’s Role in Letter to Secretary Price

The Health IT Now Coalition has written a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, M.D., calling out concerns the organization has with the ONC.

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