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for: ‘Electronic Health Records’

CMS’ New Second in Command: A Health IT Expert?

As health care consultant Seema Verma awaits final Senate confirmation in her bid to become director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and amid continued questions about what “repeal and replace” will mean for health IT, President Trump has reportedly selected a second in command for the agency. Washington-based attorney Demetrios Kouzoukas, […]

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Who Will Get the VA’s EHR Contract? Some Possibilities

As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues its efforts to modernize its health care infrastructure and better leverage new technologies, one key goal will be updating its electronic health records system. Now, as Politico first reported, companies are beginning to vie for what will likely be a contract in the billions. Among the likely contenders: […]

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Tom Price, Seema Verma, and EHRs: What’s to Come?

The November 2016 election of Donald Trump has continued to shake up the health care landscape, from the President’s repeated promises to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act to, of course, new leadership at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Earlier this month, […]

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Apple’s Patent-Pending Invention Highlights Work on Telehealth

Apple has applied for a patent that signals its intention to move into the telemedicine sphere, according to Patently Apple. The invention, described in a patent application published in July by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, consists of methods for facilitating the communication of health information between patient and physician via portable electronic devices, […]

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Telehealth HIPAA Privacy and Security Audits in 2016 – Expect an Increase

Writing for healthcareinfosecurity.com, former Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) attorney, David Holtzman predicts that in 2016, the OCR will aggressively increase their number of audits to enforce compliance among health care providers and their business associates, with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) patient privacy and security law. As […]

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Trends in Telemedicine Technologies for 2016

As reported on HealthDataManagement.com trends in the development of telemedicine technologies to watch for in 2016 are: Adoption of open connectivity – IT vendors in the medical sphere increasingly will embrace open Internet connection standards to offer system architectures and platforms that interface with others.  This will facilitate communication across multiple platforms, enabling clinicians and […]

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Telehealth Companies Need to be Ready for HIPAA Audits

It is widely held that all telehealth organizations are at risk for data breach of consumer protected health information (PHI).  Many are of the opinion that breach is not an “if” question, but a “when” question. A recent survey by KPMG, the international audit, tax, and advisory firm, found the greatest threats to come from […]

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HHS Serious About HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules Compliance

Cancer Care Group, a radiation oncology practice in Indiana, has agreed to pay a $750,000 settlement to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and to “adopt a robust corrective action plan” arising from a breach of protected health information (PHI) that occurred in 2012. The breach occurred when […]

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CTeL Summit-Research on Telemedicine Symptom Checkers/Questionnaires.

The 5th Annual CTeL Executive Fall Summit 2015 is the only place Fortune 500 executives, legal experts, health care systems, and government regulators and policymakers gather together to discuss telemedicine. What does that mean for you? Answers and decisions right from the source! Why should you attend? It’s simple. This summit is not just “another […]

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Are Your Telehealth Practice Business Associate Agreements Compliant?

By law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities – health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers. However, recognizing that most providers, especially so in telehealth, use supporting vendors, or “business associates” (BAs) to conduct operations, the Privacy Rule allows covered providers to disclose […]

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