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The Attorney’s Role in Handling Breaches and Security Incident Response

The Attorney’s Role in Handling Breaches and Security Incident Response

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author, Lee Kim, Director of Privacy and Security, HIMSS. Data breaches are happening with increasing frequency. There may even be breaches that have occurred, which you may not have heard about. Many companies rely on their attorneys to help them make the decision on whether or not to report a breach. Indeed, some […]

May 26, 2015 | By More
Latest Provider Updates from CMS

Latest Provider Updates from CMS

CMS Weekly Check-up The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the Federal agency under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The CMS EHR Incentive programs are currently open programs for eligible professionals and hospitals to receive incentive payment for participation. Checking in on CMS will be a regular weekly post to keep up with communication coming from CMS on information about these and other related programs. Reforms to Medicare regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively […]

The Next Major Healthcare Product – Care Management System

The Next Major Healthcare Product – Care Management System

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. While meeting with a lot of people at HIMSS I started to think about what would be the next “must have” IT system that a healthcare organization would look at purchasing. When you look back at the history of IT purchases in healthcare, the Practice Management System (PMS or PM depending on your preference) was one of the first systems that most practices purchased. It was an easy buy […]

May 11, 2015 | By More
Everything Old is New Again – EHR Adoption

Everything Old is New Again – EHR Adoption

Can a new Senate committee to address EHR concerns actually achieve its goals? In January of 2015, a group of medical associations submitted a multipoint letter of concern regarding EHR adoption to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD. The letter raised concerns about EHR efficacy, security and interoperability, emphasizing a recommendation to separate the meaningful use program from EHR certification. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) included expansive financial commitment for the widespread adoption of electronic health records while subsequent […]

May 3, 2015 | By More
Engage Patients through Medication Education

Engage Patients through Medication Education

By Joy Rios, Health IT Consultant at Ask Joy Health IT Consulting Twitter: @askjoyrios Patient engagement was one of the main buzzwords at HIMSS this year. It’s the kind of topic that can ignite a passionate game of tug-of-war. Some folks define patient engagement to patients accessing their health records or securely messaging their doctors. Others consider patient engagement as medication adherence, a reduction in readmissions, or even the use of mobile health apps. From a patient’s perspective, a common place to “engage” is at the pharmacy, when they receive drug directions that […]

April 26, 2015 | By More
Some High Level Perspectives on FHIR

Some High Level Perspectives on FHIR

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. Before HIMSS, I posted about my work to understand FHIR. There’s some great information in that post as I progress in my understanding of FHIR (HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), how it’s different than other standards, where it’s at in its evolution, and whether FHIR is going to really change healthcare or not. What’s clear to me is that many are on board with FHIR and we’ll hear a […]

April 20, 2015 | By More
There’s More to HIPAA Compliance Than Encryption

There’s More to HIPAA Compliance Than Encryption

The following is a guest blog post from Asaf Cidon, CEO and Co-Founder of Sookasa, on behalf of our partner John Lynn at HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network The news that home care provider Amedisys had a HIPAA breach involving more than 100 lost laptops—even though they contained encrypted PHI—might have served as a wake-up call to many healthcare providers.  Most know by now that they need to encrypt their files to comply with HIPAA and prevent a breach. While it’s heartening to see increased focus on encryption, it’s not enough […]

April 6, 2015 | By More
The Potential Impact of the SGR Resolution on HIT

The Potential Impact of the SGR Resolution on HIT

Interoperability, EHR’s and compliance programs will be affected. The recent sustainable growth rate (SGR) resolution passed by the House is designed to positively affect the use of health information technology (HIT). On the upside, it will help to combine three important compliance programs: the EHR incentive program, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the value-based payment modifier (VBM) originally part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation would also reward improvements in clinical information exchange and encourage more readily accessible access to clinical advice.  This component could encourage […]

March 30, 2015 | By More
The Future Of…The Connected Healthcare System

The Future Of…The Connected Healthcare System

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner As I think about the future of a connected healthcare system, I get very excited. Although, that excitement is partially tamed by the realization that many of these connections could have been happening for a long time. A connected healthcare system is not a technological challenge, but is a major cultural challenge for healthcare. The Data Connected Healthcare System Implementation challenges aside, the future of healthcare absolutely revolves around […]

March 15, 2015 | By More