The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—the law the federal government uses to police the privacy and security of the nation's health information—is turning 20, and some people may wonder if it's up to the job in 2016 and beyond.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who had been wearing two hats at HHS, last week stepped down from her role as the nation's top health information technology official.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who had been wearing two hats at HHS, is stepping down from her role as the nation's top health information technology official. Dr. Vindell Washington is taking over as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
HHS will fund an organization for cybersecurity professionals to exchange information about threats to the healthcare industry's IT systems. The goal is to allow providers, public health agencies and HHS to share information “about cyberthreats and provide outreach and education."
A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.
In the last full year of the Obama administration, federal policymakers remain so focused on interoperability that an annual gathering hosted by the top national information technology office leans hard on the issue.
In the last full year of the Obama administration, federal policymakers remain so focused on interoperability that an annual gathering hosted by the top national IT office leans hard on the issue.
Obama administration officials kicked off HIMSS16 with a pledge from major industry players to promote patients' access to their own EHRs, eschew data-blocking and use federal standards to promote interoperability. But will it matter any more than previous promises?
Experimentation. Disruption. Innovation. The spirit of change was in the air at last week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Andy Slavitt and Dr. Karen DeSalvo played good cop, bad cop at HIMSS. She emphasized “remarkable progress” providers have made in adopting EHRs. He countered that physicians still struggle to use them.
A proposed rule would allow HHS' health IT agency to review how EHR systems interact with other technology products to prevent what it calls "data blocking" and protect patients from medical errors and data breaches.
With the government breathing down developers' necks to achieve more interoperability for electronic health records, a dozen competing executives stopped hissing and clawing at each other long enough to agree on a way to survey and measure IT's holy grail.