ONC privacy panel undergoes overhaul | Mass. provider, MIT to tap digital health, data analytics to boost disease diagnostics | DOD delays bid deadline for EHR modernization contract
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October 17, 2014
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ONC privacy panel undergoes overhaul
The ONC's Privacy and Security Tiger Team has relaunched itself as the Privacy and Security Workgroup. The panel includes new members and has plans to develop recommendations addressing legal and technical aspects of Big Data privacy, stage 3 meaningful use and the ONC's 10-year Interoperability Roadmap. HealthCareInfoSecurity.com (10/15)
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Mass. provider, MIT to tap digital health, data analytics to boost disease diagnostics
A partnership was formed between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to advance disease diagnostics and come up with new approaches to treat and prevent autoimmune diseases, as well as improve diagnostics for patients who might have psychiatric or neurodegenerative conditions. Remote monitoring and data analytics will be important tools for achieving those goals, according to officials. The groups also pledged up to $3 million over two years for studies aimed at these clinical challenges. Healthcare IT News (10/16)
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EHRs and MU
DOD delays bid deadline for EHR modernization contract
The Defense Department has extended the deadline for bids for its 10-year, $11 billion EHR modernization contract to Oct. 23. At least four groups have bid on the contract, including Cerner, which has partnered with Leidos and Accenture Federal Services, as well as IBM, which has collaborated with Epic Systems. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/16)
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Missing EMS laptops contain data of Dallas patients
A potential data breach was reported by the city of Dallas after it discovered that some laptops containing patient data disappeared from Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulances from Jan. 1, 2011, to Aug. 29, 2014. According to the city, a software application on the laptops was unsecured, so if any of the missing computers had been used while a patient was being treated, then the patient's age, sex and name may be compromised and be accessible to unauthorized people. Dallas is collaborating with a consulting firm to examine possible security risks associated with the lost laptops. The Dallas Morning News (free content)/City Hall Blog (10/14)
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Carestream's software certified for stage 2 MU
Carestream Health announced that its Vue RIS solution has been certified for stage 2 EHR meaningful use. The company will release an updated version of the software with stage 1 and stage 2 MU capabilities in December. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (10/14)
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Poll finds higher EHR satisfaction among mobile users
A survey by Software Advice revealed more than 50% of clinicians who used a mobile device to access EHRs said they were "very satisfied" with the technology, compared with 28% who did not use mobile tools for access. Overall, 26% of EHR users were accessing the systems via tablet or smartphone. Healthcare Informatics online (10/16)
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MDX Hawaii, Humana collaborate on ACO
An accountable care partnership was formed between MDX Hawaii and Humana to lower costs and boost the quality of care offered to the Hawaii members of Humana Medicare Advantage. Value-based rewards will be offered to MDX's more than 3,700 Preferred Provider Network doctors. BeckersHospitalReview.com (10/16)
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Webinar examines decision support tools for Ebola screening
A webinar on the use of clinical decision support tools for Ebola screening was conducted this week by the CDC and ONC. Dr. Jon White, the ONC's acting chief medical officer, said the agency will help standardize the CDC's Ebola guidelines for use with electronic systems. Healthcare Informatics online (10/16)
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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
American psychiatrist
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