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Two Michigan HIEs merge to form Great Lakes Health Connect
By Joseph Conn | July 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Michigan's two largest health information exchange organizations, Michigan Health Connect, Grand Rapids, and Great Lakes Health Information Exchange, East Lansing, have completed plans announced in January to form Great Lakes Health Connect.
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ONC's Pritts says feds have put more muscle behind privacy protection
By Joseph Conn | July 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
When Joy Pritts steps down this month after 4 years as the first chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, she'll leave convinced the feds have put extra oomph into privacy protection.
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Feds to weight value in more flexible approach to quality measures
By Joseph Conn | June 19, 2014
The feds have taken several steps—not all forward ones—on a new path toward greater flexibility in their approach to using clinical quality measures as meaningful-use criteria, according to Dr. Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator for health information technology at HHS. And it...
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Indiana health systems cancel affiliation over bond issues
By Bob Herman | June 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two Indianapolis-based health systems have called off a planned partnership because tax and bond regulations muddled the deal.
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Major medical records breaches pass 1,000 milestone as enforcement ramps up
By Joseph Conn | June 13, 2014
Nearly 31.7 million individuals, a number equal to 1 in 10 people in the U.S., have had their medical records exposed through known and reported major data breaches by healthcare providers and their business associates. With 34 publicly reportable breaches coming in June alone, the total number of...
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Pritts to step down as ONC privacy chief
By Joseph Conn | June 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Joy Pritts, the nation's first chief privacy officer at HHS, will step down in July, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced.
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ONC's structure gets flatter as its $2B stimulus appropriation ends
By Joseph Conn | June 03, 2014
It should have come as little surprise that Dr. Karen DeSalvo, in announcing last week a reorganization of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said she was aiming for a “flatter” reporting structure.
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ONC announces realignment
By Darius Tahir | May 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Facing the coming exhaustion of its funding from the 2009 economic stimulus law, the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is reorganizing the agency to meet challenges beyond the adoption of electronic health records.
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Use of IT more than doubled at community health centers since 2009, report finds
By Joseph Conn | May 19, 2014
The use of health information technology by federally qualified health centers has more than doubled since the advent of the federal electronic health record incentive-payment program, a report by the Commonwealth Fund suggests.
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New York-Presbyterian, Columbia to pay largest HIPAA settlement: $4.8 million
By Joseph Conn | May 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University have reached settlement agreements totaling $4.8 million with the Office for Civil Rights at HHS following the exposure to the Internet more than three years ago of 6,800 patients' records, including the patients' vital signs and lab test...
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