HHS queried about efforts to address medical identity theft | AEHIS welcomes new board of trustees member | Study finds health data breaches widespread in different industries
November 17, 2015
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HHS queried about efforts to address medical identity theft
A bipartisan group of four senators sent a letter to HHS asking about the agency's efforts to prevent medical identity theft caused by data breaches at health care organizations. The senators asked, among other questions, what services are provided to Medicaid and Medicare members who may have been affected by medical identity theft. Healthcare Informatics online (11/12)
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AEHIS welcomes new board of trustees member
CHIME's Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security has welcomed CynergisTek CEO Mac McMillan as one of the members of its board of trustees. “Mac is well-respected within the health care industry as a trusted expert on a wide range of information security issues, making him a valuable asset to both the organization as a whole, and to our individual members," said George McCulloch, CHIME's executive vice president of membership and professional development. Healthcare Informatics online (11/12)
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ISO 13485—The New Final Draft International Standard (FDIS). What's Next?
The new FDIS of ISO 13485 incorporates changes based on manufacturer + expert feedback - and includes new applications across the whole supply chain, while seeking to impact the entire lifecycle of a medical device. Gain insight into the key changes, expectations + actions to take now. Register now
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Study finds health data breaches widespread in different industries
Breaches involving protected health data have occurred in 90% of industries examined as part of an analysis by Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Vulnerable data included information about health insurance and workers compensation. "It's a blind spot for a lot of organizations that they even have this kind of data," report author Suzanne Widup said. Health Data Management (11/13)
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Most hospitals use mobile monitoring tools, survey finds
A Spyglass Consulting Group survey found that about two-thirds of health systems and hospitals were using remote patient monitoring technology. Of surveyed institutions using the technology, 84% had deployed tablets or other mobile devices to support patients with chronic conditions after discharge. Decision support tools and analytics were used by 79% of providers to convert raw patient information into actionable data on population health. Healthcare Informatics online (11/16)
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A Buyer's Guide to Web CMS
A Web CMS (Content Management System) makes it easier for you to create, manage and maintain your website content, and choosing a Web CMS is a big decision for your company. It's critical to look for and understand the essential features that will address your business needs now and in the future. This guide will help you make a more informed Web CMS selection.

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Study reveals increase in EHR use in rural, small hospitals
A study in Health Affairs found a 75% rise in EHR adoption rates in small and rural hospitals from 2008 to 2015 partly due to the CMS' EHR Incentive Programs. The study also revealed that more than 40% of the facilities with EHRs have satisfied the measures for stage 2 meaningful use. Despite the increase, researchers believe that further strategies and policies are needed to eliminate the challenges faced by the hospitals when implementing EHRs. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/12)
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Regulatory & Legislative
Health IT task force recommends ways to advance interoperability
Aligning economic incentives for vendors and providers could lead to greater data sharing in the health care industry, said Dr. Paul Tang, chairman of the Health IT Policy Committee's interoperability task force. To eliminate the business and financial barriers that are hindering health information exchange among providers, the task force has developed four draft recommendations: holding a summit of private groups and federal agencies to accelerate interoperability plans, creating health information exchange-related payment incentives, developing HIE-related vendor performance measures and implementing HIE-sensitive outcome measures for reporting and payments. Health Data Management (11/16)
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N.J. lawmakers debate the future of telemedicine
New Jersey is joining the growing list of states debating telehealth policies with supporters arguing that the Garden State lags behind many others in providing important services. Opponents, largely doctors' groups, are worried that lower-quality telemedicine could replace many services in-state doctors provide. NJSpotlight.com (New Jersey) (11/13)
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Minn. neurologists use telemedicine to offer care to rural stroke patients
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Minnesota's St. Cloud Hospital is working remotely with rural patients through a telehealth initiative designed to improve stroke patients' access to care, with support from a federal grant. An on-site nurse assists with the physical exam, patient education and support, while a neurologist at St. Cloud connects to the visit via teleconferencing technology. The Rural Health Services Outreach program has given 60 awards totaling close to $11.8 million. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (11/14)
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Explore the evolving role of the health information executive
Connect with your colleagues and peers to explore the essential skills required to evolve in response to shifting industry trends, meet the challenges of competitive forces, optimize IT's fullest potential for organizational success and profoundly revolutionize health care. The Health IT Leader 3.0 Forum, in collaboration with iHT2, is designed to focus on the considerable opportunities and challenges ahead for HIT leaders. It will be held on Dec. 7 in Houston and will feature industry luminaries who are ready to share their knowledge and answer your questions through a series of plenary general sessions, case studies and small group breakout discussions. Register today.
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Is your hospital secure? Join us in Atlanta for our Cybersecurity LEAD Forum
Data breaches in health care show no signs of slowing down in 2015. The upcoming CHIME LEAD Forum, in collaboration with iHT2, is designed to help CIOs and information security executives ensure their organization's data assets and technology are protected. The Health Information Executives Guide to Cybersecurity will be held on Dec. 1 in Atlanta and will cover emerging trends, key challenges, cybersecurity strategies and solutions, and real-case examples. Register today.
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