Health IT & HIE News

New Federal Rules Propose to Extend Program to Donate EHRs to Physicians

Health Data Management  (April 9, 2013)

Existing exemptions to federal physician self-referral and anti-kickback laws that enable hospitals and other entities to donate electronic health records systems to physicians would be extended under two proposed rules issued on April 9.  MORE +

Final HIPAA Rule Becomes Effective

Health Data Management  (March 26, 2013)

The final omnibus rule published on Jan. 25, 2013 to modify the HIPAA privacy, security, breach notification and enforcement rules, as well as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, became effective on March 26. However, the compliance date for the rule is September 23, 2013. Organizations have one year from the compliance date to modify business associate agreements to match new requirements.  MORE +

Medical Device, Health IT Interoperability Could Save $30 Billion Annually

Healthcare Finance News  (March 21, 2013)

A new report from the West Health Institute contends that improvements in the ability of medical devices and health IT systems to communicate and exchange data could lead to more than $30 billion a year in savings.  MORE +

Technology Alone Isn't Healthcare's Savior

InformationWeek Healthcare  (March 14, 2013)

If you believe everything you read and hear, technology is the Holy Grail of our industry. It will "fix" just about everything that's broken in healthcare. That's a presumption fueled by human nature: Gravitate toward simplicity and immediate gratification. Technology is tangible, something we can install, turn on and it works. But what exactly should we expect from this working technology? Have we done a thorough job of defining what we want to accomplish and then addressed all of the components that go into ensuring we succeed?  MORE +

The Case for an HIE: How State's Providers Are Improving Care, Coordination

Physician's Practice  (March 6, 2013)

Health information exchanges (HIE) can improve care coordination. They're also helping providers meet challenging Stage 2 requirements for CMS' meaningful use program. But still, the lion's share of practices still aren't connected to one. Click here to find out more! That's less so the case in Kansas, one of a growing number of states that' s recognized for establishing a successful HIE that providers are adopting. And though there are still those reticent doctors who prefer paper, more and more of them are opting to connect to HIE networks for purposes of sharing and exchanging data.  MORE +