Interoperability and patient access to data were among the top themes addressed in the HELP Committee’s draft health IT legislation, which aims to improve the use and development of tools such as EHRs.
HHS has proposed delaying the compliance date for ICD-10 conversion by one year to Oct. 1, 2014. The deadline extension was one of several topics covered in an e-mailed news release from HHS, which also announced a proposed rule that would establish a unique health plan identifier under the HIPAA Act of 1996. To access […]
A prominent CIO of a regional hospital system encountered the limitations of HIPAA and so-called “Protected Health Information (PHI)” when her boss fired her after a short medical leave of absence. After years working without taking vacation, a family catastrophe that affected her health prompted her to take a medical leave of absence. She had […]
HHS announced $83.9 million in grants to help “networks of health centers” adopt EHRs and other HIT systems. The funds are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS to expand services to low-income and uninsured individuals. Forty-five grants will support “new and enhanced EHR implementation projects as well as HIT innovation projects. Funds will […]
Over the past year, John Glaser, Ph.D., has been eating and breathing Meaningful Use and Certification even more than his HITECH-focused CIO colleagues. That’s because while Glaser has kept up his role as VP & CIO at Partners HealthCare on a part-time basis, he’s also been winging down to D.C. every week to fulfill his […]