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HIPAA Analysis Shows Challenges from Breach

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) continues to pose enormous challenges for most in healthcare providers, but at its very foundation is nothing more than a requirement extending HIPAA compliance to cover all entities storing, managing, recording, or transmitting Patient Health Information (PHI). [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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HHS awards $685 million to support quality, patient-centered care

Health and Human Services announced that it has provided $685 million to 39 national and regional healthcare networks to help equip more than 140,000 clinicians with “the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and reduce costs,” Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced in a statement. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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ONC Gets Into the Complaint Management Business

Got a complaint about your electronic health record? Well, of course you do! But now someone is actually listening: The federal government. Specifically, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is offering a new feature that “might help.” [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Patient Privacy: Let’s Stop Calling It HIPAA

Often times in medicine, or even life in general, we might be required to revisit the origin of a popular belief, phrase, or “common-sense” piece of knowledge. Through numerous transmissions, these concepts can stray far from their original meanings and transform into something entirely different and even erroneous. Unfortunately that seems to be happening with HIPAA. Speak the words among providers and you’ll likely invoke thoughts of uptight regulators in suits and extraordinarily hefty fines issued to those foolish enough to have loads of data on a unsecured laptop computer. [cont...]

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William Rusnak, MD (@RusnakMD) is a resident physician in diagnostic radiology, financial investor, writer, and entrepreneur. He writes about topics such as healthcare information technology, data science, biotechnology, and prevention of chronic disease. With his involvement in several emerging healthcare companies, he is actively attempting to bridge the gap between medicine and information technology.

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CHIME Opposes Meaningful Use Stage 3 Rules

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has joined the bandwagon and is offering its limited support of the latest Meaningful Use rule, but calls the rule “unworkable.”

If nothing else, CHIME is known for its provocative statements in support or opposition of some of healthcare’s most pressing issues. CHIME is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders, with more than 1,400 CIO members and more than 140 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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ONC touts 'significant' boost in health data exchange, does little to stop data blocking

Is it possible that interoperability is finally catching on? Despite the overwhelming amount of conversations around the topic there seems to be some movement, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. According to the organization, from 2008 to 2014 the industry saw growth, obviously, in the adoption of electronic medical records, but also in the ability to exchange health information. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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IT Successfully Improving Health, but Not All Milk and Honey

As is typical of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), it used its annual conference platform to disseminate some of its research and gathered information. Thus, at its annual conference and exhibition in Chicago, HIMSS released the results of the 26th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey, which is considered a benchmark for the industry and drives much conversation and punditry throughout the year ahead. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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mHealth hindered by perception is unsecure, other barriers remain

Security, security, data security everywhere.

No doubt, in the wake of the Anthem breach news, those in healthcare will partake in countless conversations about data security and protection. A breach, of course, can be a business killer. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Life or Bankruptcy: How Three Blocks Changed Everything

This is the type of story that seems to indicate there’s something really wrong with healthcare as we know it: Madison, Wis., resident Megan Rothbauer, 30, suffered a heart attack a year ago followed by the treatment required to fully recover during her hospital stay. The story starts with her being taken to the emergency room at St. Mary’s Hospital in September 2013. The hospital was not in-network for her insurance plan, but three blocks away was Meriter Hospital, which was in-network [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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CMS Invests $114 Million in Rural ACOs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the availability of a new initiative for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The new program, the ACO Investment Model, is designed to bring ACO efforts into rural and underserved areas. The program is providing up to $114 million in upfront investments to nearly 75 ACOs across the country. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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