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How to Improve EHRs: Physicians Offer Input

For many health care providers these days, electronic health records (EHRs) are both an essential part of their modern medical practices and (when not implemented well) a source of endless frustration. Indeed, a recent American Medical Association (AMA) study found that “physicians spend nearly half their office day entering data into EHRs,” along with other […]

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Struggles with State Privacy Laws?

Each of the 50 states has its own unique quirks and traditions, from state flowers and landmarks to truly bizarre state and municipal laws. Also varying significantly from state to state: privacy laws, which can cause headaches for health care organizations and providers operating in multiple jurisdictions—along with their patients. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, […]

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New ONC Interoperability Framework: Open for Comment

“Interoperability” is seemingly one of the most popular buzzwords in the health care lexicon today. It’s long been a goal, but it has been much harder to achieve in practice. For its part, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is seeking to provide guidance for providers, health care organizations, and developers […]

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New OCR Chief Pledges to Fight Breaches

It’s no secret that the number of large-scale health care data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, often dominating headlines and causing concern in the health care community. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays an important role in combating and responding to […]

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AHIMA to Congress: Fully Fund Cures Act

It was an increasingly unusual display of bipartisan cooperation when Congress came together to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that made a diverse range of investments in health care programs, in late 2016. Then-President Barack Obama subsequently signed the bill into law. Now, however, experts are worried that some […]

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One in Four Americans Have Had Health Data Breached

It’s probably common knowledge by now (at least among those who follow health IT and cybersecurity news) that the number of data breaches in recent years has increased significantly, making headlines and raising concerns. Now, an Accenture study has shed new light on the far-reaching impact breaches have had on individuals. As ID Experts first […]

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Is it Time for a HIPAA Replacement? AHIMA Asks the Experts

Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law in 1996, “HIPAA compliance,” “HIPAA violation,” and other such terms have become a familiar part of our national lexicon. And yet 20 years after its passage, HIPAA is not only often misunderstood, but also ever so slightly out of date—and potentially in […]

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New ONC Head is a Hit with Health IT Insiders

In another piece of potentially good news for those with a vested interest in telehealth and health IT, President Donald Trump has selected a well-regarded industry veteran to helm the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Though the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has yet to officially comment on the […]

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Which Hospitals Run the Highest Risk of Data Breaches?

With seemingly countless large-scale data breaches making headlines in recent years, it might seem like no health care institution is safe from hackers on the hunt for patient information. But some hospitals are at a higher risk than others to be the targets of breaches. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, a new study from researchers […]

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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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