Care New England pays $400,000 for lack of current HIPAA agreement

By Joseph Conn  |  September 26, 2016

Four-hospital Care New England Health System, based in Providence, R.I., has agreed to pay $400,000 and write a corrective action plan after a federal investigation found it lacked an up-to-date business associate's agreement between it and one of its hospitals.

Blog: Privacy, security issues delay API recommendations

By Joseph Conn  |  May 18, 2016

By law, patients have a right to obtain electronic copies of their medical records, but should they also have a right to access those records by using software applications of their choosing?

Annual e-prescribing volume up 20% in 2014

By Joseph Conn  |  May 20, 2015

The nation's largest e-prescribing network reported another big jump in e-prescribing volume, but the number of e-prescribers increased more slowly and e-prescribing of controlled substances has lagged.

Blog: ONC guide offers narrow view of privacy, security rules

By Joseph Conn  |  May 06, 2015

HHS has a revised guide to privacy and security for electronic health information that's intended to help smaller healthcare organizations that lack a legal staff. The guide, however, gives scant attention to several important regulatory areas.

ONC fail: EHR 'data blocking' still rampant

By Joseph Conn  |  April 17, 2015

More than five years after Congress mandated HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to establish a “governance mechanism” for seamless health information exchange, the agency earlier this month confirmed that widespread “data blocking” still existed, largely...

EHNAC unveils practice-management certification criteria

By Joseph Conn  |  March 17, 2015

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has released an approved, final version of its accreditation criteria for developers of practice-management systems and their software products, the not-for-profit accreditation and standards development organization has announced.

Meaningful-use Stage 3 rule expected within days

By Darius Tahir  |  March 16, 2015

A proposed final rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health-record meaningful-use program is expected as soon as Wednesday, an HHS official told Modern Healthcare.

More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports

More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports

By Joseph Conn  |  December 16, 2014

Hospitals are further along in upgrading their electronic health-record systems to where they need to be than had seemed possible only a month ago, according to new data from the CMS.

Savings, quality benefits of health info exchanges still unclear: study

By Joseph Conn  |  December 02, 2014

Whether health information exchanges are contributing to healthcare cost savings and quality improvements still needs to be independently confirmed, a team of researchers from the RAND Corp. has concluded after a review of published studies. A few notable exceptions do stand out, the study also...


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