Edition Eighty-Two (01/23/12)
Framework Update, Vows Privacy Requirements This Year
Modern Healthcare, subscription required, 1/12/12
The Health Information Trust Alliance has released an
updated version of its Common Security Framework, adding
12 new security measures and removing one.
Q&A: Farzad Mostashari on Meaningful Use, Privacy
In an interview, Farzad Mostashari speaks about the
challenges his office faces, the importance of patients
being involved in their care, and how his office is
working to protect patient medical records.
EHR Incentive Payments Total $2.5 Billion
Modern Healthcare, subscription required, 1/10/12
Total federal incentive payments for the use of EHRs have
soared to just over $2.5 billion, according to the CMS.
Mostashari: Momentous Progress for HIT
Health Data Management, 1/9/12
In a new blog posting, Farzad Mostashari highlights 10
notable achievements in 2012, starting with launching of
the Meaningful Use incentive programs and certification
of more than 1,500 complete or modular EHR products.
HHS Launches Health I.T. Video Challenge
Healthcare Informatics, 1/9/12
ONC announced a nationwide, open call for entries in a
Healthy New Year Video Challenge, looking for
personal stories of patients and families using HIT to
AHIMA: 2012's Health I.T. Must-See List Revealed
Beginning in 2009 with ARRA and the decision to adopt ICD-10,
federal efforts to encourage health I.T. implementation
have formed a labyrinth of initiatives for health I.T.
professionals to navigate, according to the American
Health Information Management Association.
HHS Sets Standards for Electronic Funds Transfers
Modern Healthcare, subscription required, 1/5/12
HHS issued an interim final rule with new standards for
electronic funds transfers that the department says will
reduce provider paperwork and save billions in
EHNAC Finalizes 2012 Transactions Processing
Health Data Management, 1/4/12
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation
Commission, which certifies entities that process
transactions or exchange health information for meeting
best practices, finalized criteria for its 11 programs in
Nine Experts Weigh In on 2011 Health I.T. Progress, Hopes
Farzad Mostashari and eight other health I.T. experts
representing the provider, vendor, and patient advocate
community discuss health I.T. progress and missed
opportunities in 2011, and their hopes for 2012.
HIMSS on Why Public Health and HIE Need Your
Government Health IT, 1/3/12
Two new initiatives are well underway as part of the
Standards and Interoperability Framework project, an ONC-sponsored
collaboration open to all focused on solving
interoperability challenges critical to meeting
Meaningful Use objectives.
Illinois and Iowa
Start Building Statewide HIEs
Health Data Management, 1/6/12
Illinois and Iowa have recently selected vendors to build
and operate their statewide health information exchanges,
funded under the HITECH Act.
$2 Million in Reimbursements Awarded for EHRs
The Baltimore Sun, 1/5/12
Hospitals and other health care providers in Maryland are
receiving a total of $2 million in federal money to
reimburse them for investments they made in new EHR
AHIMA Offering Online
The American Health Information Management Association is
launching a range of online courses to help health I.T.
professionals prepare for the ICD-10 implementation
deadline of Oct. 1, 2013.
Google Helps Emergency Room Docs to Predict Flu Trends
A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins School of
Medicine finds that the Google Flu Trends website can
help researchers predict when emergency departments will
see a surge in influenza cases.
Health I.T. Leaders Launch eNurse Mentoring Program
HIMSS is kicking off a new mentoring program with a
website where experts can answer nurses' I.T. career
Electronic Health Records Improve Nursing
United Press International, 1/10/12
A new study published in the Journal of Nursing
Administration finds U.S. nurses who used EHRs
consistently saw improvements in patient care and
U.S. Docs Rate I.T. Benefits Lower Than Docs Around the
Healthcare IT News, 1/10/12
A survey finds 45 percent of U.S. doctors said health I.T.
would improve diagnostic decisions, compared with the
survey average of 61 percent.
Remote Patient Monitoring Shows Strong Growth
About 2.2 million patients worldwide were using remote
medical monitoring services at the end of 2011, according
to a report from Berg Insight.
Telehealth Market Projected to Hit Nearly $295M by 2015
Becker's Hospital Review, 1/5/12
Home healthcare and disease management for the remote
monitoring market is projected to reach $295 million in
2015 from $127 million in 2010, according to a Frost
& Sullivan report.
NCSL Ranks Healthcare Among State Legislators' Top 2012
Government Health IT, 1/4/12
The National Conference of State Legislatures published
its annual report of top priorities for the coming year,
and healthcare and health I.T. issues were chief concerns
AHA fears Tightening of Antitrust Restrictions Regarding
Modern Healthcare, subscription required, 1/3/12
Although observers praised federal officials for
loosening the antitrust and abuse rules on ACOs, the
American Hospital Association is protesting efforts by
regulators to move back toward stricter enforcement over