Review calls for better HIPAA oversight by HHS rights office | Report reveals providers' reliance on ICD-10 outsourcing vendors | CVS Health secures deals with Rock Health, Mass Health
October 2, 2015
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Review calls for better HIPAA oversight by HHS rights office
The HHS inspector general's office studied a sample of HIPAA privacy cases from September 2009 to March 2011 and said the agency's Office for Civil Rights needs to improve its monitoring of whether covered entities are following the privacy rule. OCR responds to complaints rather than proactively assessing compliance, and corrective action is not documented in about 25% of cases, the audit found. (10/1)
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Technology Trends
Report reveals providers' reliance on ICD-10 outsourcing vendors
A Black Book report found 22% of providers that outsource their coding processes trust their vendors to handle the ICD-10 transition and have not implemented other measures to address potential negative impacts on their revenue. The report also listed the top ICD-10 outsourcing vendors for 2015: Optum360, Health Information Resource Group, M*Modal and Nuance. Healthcare IT News (10/1)
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CVS Health secures deals with Rock Health, Mass Health
CVS Health is boosting its efforts to enter the digital health industry with two new partnership deals. Its collaboration with Mass Health will give startups that are part of the accelerator program access to CVS Health resources to help them design innovative digital health products. CVS Health's partnership with Rock Health is also expected to help startups in the Rock Health portfolio strengthen their ties with major health care stakeholders. (10/1)
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EHRs and MU
GAO outlines barriers to interoperability of EHRs
A Government Accountability Office report argues inadequate health data standards and variation in state privacy rules are key barriers to EHR interoperability. Other factors hindering progress include costs and problems with accurately matching patient data. The report also indicated many organizations are devoting resources to meeting EHR meaningful use requirements, rather than focusing on interoperability. Healthcare Informatics online (10/1)
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Accenture, Fjord to release tool for patients with diabetes
A partnership was formed between Fjord and Accenture to release a personal health analytic system for diabetes patients. Fjord Fido was designed to monitor and analyze users' sleep, exercise, diet and other health data that affect blood glucose levels to predict their insulin needs. mHealth News (10/1)
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Walgreens to add telehealth functionality to mobile app
A new telehealth feature that will expand customer access to providers will be added by Walgreens to its mobile application over the next month. "We're going to go deliver a seamless, frictionless experience of telemedicine mobile, through that huge audience base we already have with the mobile app," said Adam Pellegrini, vice president of digital health at Walgreens. (10/1)
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Advancing Care With IT
Virginia Tech seals research partnership deal with Leidos
Leidos is launching a student-conducted scientific research program with Virginia Tech to look at the use of Big Data and EHRs in health care and the challenges it presents. The research will use information from multiple sources to develop strategies that could improve care and reduce costs. (10/1)
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Entra Health beefs up data collection platform with video consult app
A video consult application was unveiled by Entra Health, a health IT company in San Diego. The app, which is incorporated into the company's MyHealthPoint data collection system, enables direct video consultations between patients and clinicians, and it can accommodate third parties, such as additional providers or family members, using a multiperson videoconference tool. The app is also capable of recording and saving the video visit into the patient's EHR. San Diego Business Journal (10/1)
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