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  • Preserve the HIM Workforce During the ICD-10 Delay

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management (HIM) innovation, Nuance] With the ICD-10 transition date now at least 16 months away, we must think about the impact this has on the workforce that was hired or educated with the original date in mind The American Health ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on June 23, 2014
  • Patient Confidentiality and Social Media

    Editor's note: This article was posted with permission from its author, Christine Gondos, Igloo Software. She can be reached at cgondos@igloosoftware.com. The fastpaced healthcare industry is continuously evolving -- whether it be newly released studies, new best practices or new techniques, the healthcare community thrives off of ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on April 26, 2013
  • Patient Confidentiality and Social Media

    Editor's note: This article was posted with permission from its author, Christine Gondos, Igloo Software. She can be reached at cgondos@igloosoftware.com. The fastpaced healthcare industry is continuously evolving -- whether it be newly released studies, new best practices or new techniques, the healthcare community thrives off of ...
    Posted to The Politics of Healthcare (Weblog) on April 26, 2013
  • Cloud Computing Meets HIPAA Omnibus: A Provider Checklist

    (Editor's Note: This guest blog was written by Frankie Rios, CISSP, VP information security and compliance, GNAX.) Cloud computing and storage is an undeniable migration path and IT strategy. Overall spending on cloud technology is expected to reach an estimated $150 billion annually by 2014, according to a recent Gartner Group study. And ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 26, 2013
  • Patient Engagement Helps Hospitals Achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use Compliance

    Editor's note: This blog was written by Jodi DeMarco, PhD; she is the interactive solutions advisor for TeleHealth Services. The controversy around meaningful use options and proposed requirements has morphed from spirited debate to reluctant acceptance. Healthcare providers have weighed in with sometimes varying opinions over the many months ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on December 6, 2012
  • HIE Options: The Battle Between Public and Private Continues

    As Meaningful Use criteria push towards required interoperability and changing reimbursement methods necessitate more coordinated care, HIEs are looking more and more appealing to hHealthcare providers. The HIE market practically exploded last year, growing more than 40%, according to a Chilmark Research report. ''As federal incentives drive the ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on August 15, 2012
  • ICD-10: Still in the Works

    If you are worried that your organization is falling behind on ICD-10 preparation, you are not alone. Nearly half of the 2,118 providers who participated in the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) February 2012 ICD-10 readiness survey said they did not even know when they would be completing their impact assessment — a key milestone ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on August 9, 2012
  • New Innovation Winners Honored by Secretary Sebelius

    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday announced six winners for Round 3 of the HHSinnovates program, and said the program is part of an HHS-wide initiative ''to build a constant thrust of innovation into the everyday operations of our health and human services agencies.'' At HHS, we're proud to create new ways to ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on September 27, 2011
  • HHS to Empower Patients to Increase Secure Access to Health Information

    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday proposed new rules that would expand the rights of patients to access their health information through the use of health information technology (IT). Specifically, the new rules would empower patients and allow them to gain access to test results reports directly from labs. They ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on September 13, 2011
  • HHS Announces $11.9 Million to Implement HIT in Rural Areas

    Rural health networks across the nation will receive more than $11.9 million to support their adoption of health information technology (HIT) and certified electronic health records (EHR). The funding announced last week by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will also help these rural health networks' participating eligible providers qualify for ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on September 7, 2011
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