A 2014 cyberattack that exposed 78.8 million patient records from national insurer Anthem was likely caused by hackers who were working for a foreign government, according to a report released by the California Department of Insurance. Cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike, which also investigated the data breach, found that "attacks associated with this foreign government have not resulted in (personally identifiable information) being transferred to non-state actors," the report stated.
The Healthcare CIO Perspective on Supporting Clinical Workflows In this survey designed specifically for healthcare CIOs and administered by CHIME, more than 100 IT leaders revealed the business goals behind their mobile workflow investments. CIOs responded to questions about their big-picture goals, the use cases driving their mobile app selections, and which common workflows they are focused on improving. Read the eBrief now >>
CHIME and HIMSS have chosen Pamela Arora, senior vice president and CIO of Children's Health in Dallas, to receive the 2016 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year award for promoting information sharing by hosting EMRs for physicians and other providers and partnering with regional health information exchange programs, as well as for her efforts in expanding telemedicine and promoting cost-effective cybersecurity solutions. "Time and time again, [Arora] shows how we can use health IT to not only support an organization's overall strategy, but truly transform patient care across the entire continuum," said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell.
Effective Jan. 20, Vindell Washington will resign as the national coordinator for health IT. Washington cites the important role the ONC has played in moving the health care industry toward a learning health system, which he says "is the next horizon for all of health care," and hopes for the continued evolution of data and EHR interoperability standards.
A report released by the Internet of Things Working Group says IoT technology can boost access to health care services, personalize patient care and decrease overall health care costs. The group also found that cybersecurity, data protection and improved interoperability for data analytics are challenges for the IoT industry.
EHR adoption by long-term care facilities is still slow, with resources, time and money being the three major obstacles cited by long-term care providers, said Teresa Chase, president of American HealthTech. A LeadingAge survey showed that about 75% of its biggest members use some type of EMR system, with slightly more than 50% of these deployed EHR systems providing advanced health IT functionalities.
CMS and the National Library of Medicine published an addendum to the 2016 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure specifications that updates Procedure Coding System and ICD-10 Clinical Modification eCQM value sets for the 2017 performing year. The changes will affect the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System for eligible clinicians and the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs and the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals.
Nebraska lawmakers have introduced two bills that would expand telehealth services across the state. Under the first proposal, health insurers would be required to cover any service offered via telehealth that is currently covered for an in-person visit, and the second proposal would require the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact to allow Nebraska physicians to treat patients in other member states and allow out-of-state physicians to remotely treat patients in Nebraska.
Project ECHO launched three remote-access mentoring clinics in New Jersey last fall, linking primary care doctors and specialists in hepatitis C, endocrinology and pediatric mental health. The goal of the free training is to equip primary care physicians to treat more patients instead of referring them to specialists.
Did you know that the CHIME Education Foundation offers scholarships aimed at helping members advance their professional development? In 2016, the Education Foundation awarded nearly 70 scholarships to CHIME members. Scholarship opportunities are now available for the CHIME-HIMSS CIO Forum, Feb. 18-19 in Orlando, and the CHIME Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, April 8-11 in Chicago. Learn more and apply.
The Healthcare CIO Boot Camp is one of CHIME's most popular and successful programs. It's an intense three-and-a-half days of learning, sharing and growing. The program is taught by leading CIOs and combines presentations, small group discussions, case studies and interactive problem-solving, allowing participants to learn the real-world skills necessary to become a successful health care CIO. Participation in the Boot Camp is currently limited to CHIME members and their direct reports (including affiliates). Learn more.
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