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ONC Updates SAFER Guides to Address EHR Safety

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published updated safety best practices, called the Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience (SAFER) Guides, to identify recommended practices to optimize the safety and safe use of electronic health records (EHRs).

Survey: Healthcare Organizations Remain Underprepared for MACRA

Two-thirds of healthcare providers report that they are “unprepared” or “very unprepared” for managing and executing Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) initiatives, according to a survey from Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc.

Premier: In Uncertain Healthcare Moment, System Leaders Focused on Costs, Data

Despite industry uncertainty about the future healthcare under the Trump administration and a Republican Congress, health system leaders are preparing for the changes ahead in five key areas, most of which involve health IT,

HL7 Publishes Release 3 of FHIR Standard

HL7 has published Release 3 of the its Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Standard for Trial Use. The new version incorporates enhancement requests received from implementation partners, including the Argonaut Project.

Study: Mobile Health Interventions are Effective in Improving Health Outcomes in Youth

Researchers found that mobile health interventions can be a viable health behavior change intervention modality for youth, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

BayCare Health System, Publix Partner on Telehealth Sites in Central Florida

BayCare Health System, based in Clearwater, Florida, is collaborating with Publix Pharmacy, headquartered in Lakeland, Fla., to create “telehealth sites” at Publix locations in four central Florida counties-Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk.

UNC Health Care Informs 1,300 Prenatal Patients of Possible Data Breach

The Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care is notifying patients of a potential data breach where personal information provided by prenatal patients at two obstetric clinics were mistakenly transmitted to local county health departments.

CMS to Further Delay Rollout, Expansion of Bundled Payment Programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying the start and expansion of some of its bundled payment programs as the agency said more time is needed for review, and for participants to fully understand the rules.

WEDI Releases Healthcare Cybersecurity White Paper Outlining Best Practices to Mitigate Risk

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has issued a cybersecurity white paper examining health IT vulnerabilities and how stakeholders can mitigate risk in the wake of record data breaches striking the healthcare industry.

Watson Health to Leverage AI-Based CDS Application for Head Trauma, Stroke Identification

IBM Watson Health is collaborating with an artificial intelligence (AI) healthcare startup with the goal to bring a clinical decision support application to imaging experts that will help doctors identify instances of intracranial bleeding as a result of head trauma and stroke.

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.

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