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Vital Signs
Wearing a device, not endorsing it (repeat not)
By Harris Meyer | August 13, 2014
Can an item a public official is wearing be declared off the record for purposes of a news interview? I think not.
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Follow feds' call to action on interoperability
By Nicholas J. Valeriani | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Just over 10 years ago, Apple made a difficult decision that would have an extraordinary impact on its future. At a time when the company had only 3% of the computer marketshare, two executives defied Steve Jobs to make iTunes compatible with the Windows operating system. Making iTunes...
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Hospitals lead docs, patients in health information exchange
By Joseph Conn | August 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When it comes to the electronic exchange of health information, hospitals are far ahead of office-based physicians, who are well ahead of their patients, according to multiple surveys presented by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
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OIG faults ONC's electronic health record security provisions
By Darius Tahir | August 05, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is not doing enough to ensure data security in electronic health records, argues a new report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.
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DeSalvo says providers, hospitals on track for EHR Stage 2
By Darius Tahir | August 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Karen DeSalvo, looking beyond current data, said she's confident hospitals and providers are on track to meet current deadlines to attest to being ready for the second stage of the electronic health-record incentive program.
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ONC tells House committee it has IT safety center authority
By Darius Tahir | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is defending its right to create a health IT safety center, in a response sent this week to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which had questioned its authority to do so.
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Light touch regulatory scheme seems likely
By Joseph Conn | July 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare providers that heavily invested in health information technology, along with the developers of those systems, will likely feel only a light regulatory touch from federal agencies seeking to devise a framework for patient-safety oversight and monitoring of those systems, recent...
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ONC panel backs Health IT Safety Center
By Darius Tahir | July 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The ONC's policy advisory committee voted Tuesday to endorse recommendations from a workgroup for a proposed Health IT Safety Center, a cornerstone of a regulatory plan to oversee the health IT sector.
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Critics worry health IT regulatory plan is already outdated
By Darius Tahir | July 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The long road toward creating a new health-information technology regulatory system passed another milestone at the stroke of midnight July 7, as comments closed for the administration's proposed new framework for overseeing the sector. The comments revealed some surprising positions on the issue,...
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ONC releases updates to EHR testing program
By Joseph Conn | July 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has released the latest updates to its program to test and certify complete and modular electronic health-record systems for the federal EHR incentive-payment program.
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