ONC issues revised EHR guidelines | New York issues comprehensive rules for health care data security | Survey: Health organizations placing increasing emphasis on data integration
March 24, 2017
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ONC issues revised EHR guidelines
A revised version of the ONC's Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience, or SAFER, includes instructions for reporting abnormal test results and planning for electronic systems interruptions. The National Quality Forum, American Medical Informatics Association and health care providers were among the stakeholders who provided feedback for the update.
BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/23) 
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To innovate for better outcomes, collaborate
A savvy health plan teams up with a major provider and a venture accelerator. The results? New ideas, new ways to deliver high-value care, and an astonishing 45 startups in four years. Read how common ground yields innovation in an article from the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
New York issues comprehensive rules for health care data security
New York has issued stringent regulations for data security in health care that in many cases exceed the requirements under HIPAA. The rules are based on corporate accountability, requiring a chief information security officer and substantial reporting requirements.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (3/23) 
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Collaboration Is the Key for Health Plans in a Shared Risk Environment
The shared-risk payment models that are central to health reform require tight coordination among payers, providers, and patients to succeed. As payers and providers enter into more of these agreements, they need to enhance success by communicating and collaborating more effectively with their partners and actively engaging, supporting, and empowering their members. Learn more about how to make this collaboration work.
Technology Trends
Survey: Health organizations placing increasing emphasis on data integration
Health care companies increasingly recognize that they must leverage data from EHRs to improve the efficiency of clinical care and financial and supply processes, according to a Premier survey of 63 health care executives. More than half said they intended to focus on data integration or place more emphasis on analytics.
BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/23) 
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Health IT can empower patients in multiple ways
The increasing use of patient portals and health IT can benefit patients by identifying those at risk, monitoring vital signs, encouraging communication with providers, teaching patients methods to manage their own health and supplying links to health resources, according to one expert.
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Partnership integrates artificial intelligence into electronic records
Epic and Nuance Communications partnered to create a solution that uses artificial intelligence to aid physicians in electronic note taking. The notereader employs AI capabilities from Nuance, a voice-and-language software company, to analyze notes and inform the user of missing or unclear information.
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Gain the Most In Demand Skills in Health Care
GW's School of Medicine Health Sciences connects you with leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. With programs in clinical research, health care quality and regulatory affairs, you gain the most in demand skills. Learn More
Advancing Care with IT
Innovation Studio at Anthem focuses on digital tools
Anthem's Innovation Studio is developing digital tools designed to improve customer satisfaction and reduce health care costs. Tools include mobile bill payment, smartphone apps for appointment and medication alerts, and personalized welcome emails containing video links for new enrollees.
FierceHealthIT (3/23) 
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Study to evaluate telemedicine in MS treatment
Genentech is funding a 12-month pilot study of home-based telemedicine for patients with multiple sclerosis to determine if telemedicine is as effective as office visits. The study will evaluate such variables as pain levels, fatigue, bowel and bladder control, mental health and quality of life in telemedicine and standard-care groups.
Specialty Pharmacy Times (3/23) 
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Government and Regulatory
Medical groups call on CMS to reduce EHR, meaningful use burdens
Dozens of health care groups urged CMS to lessen administrative burdens imposed on physician by meaningful use, the Physician Quality Reporting System, Value-Based Payment modifier and EHRs. In a letter to CMS head Seema Verma, they recommended adding a category solely for administrative burdens, removing penalties for arbitrary requirements in meaningful use and adding hardship exemptions for the VBPM and PQRS.
Healthcare IT News (3/23) 
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ONC investigates use of blockchain in health care
The ONC co-hosted an event inviting coders to compete for prizes developing blockchain products for potential use in health record systems. An ONC spokesperson says the department is monitoring the marketplace for signs blockchain technology is ready for adoption.
Nextgov (3/23) 
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Career builder: AHIP's Young Professionals Network
Are you a professional 35 or under working in the health care field, or do you work with a young professional? AHIP's Young Professionals Network offers year-round resources including educational sessions, idea-sharing through social media, and networking events. Be part of the discussions at #AHIPYoungPro and visit the website for details.
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IT and business solutions are a click away
Finding the right technology to drive and support changes facing our health care system is more critical than ever. AHIP's IT Directory is like a desktop consultant, easy to search and use to find the solutions providers who can deliver results. Whether you choose to use the online version, e-book, or pdf, it'll be your go-to guide for IT and business solutions.
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