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1. sends patient data to private firms

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015 is transmitting patient data -- which may include income, ZIP code and IP address -- to private advertising and data analytics firms to gauge performance and marketing, an Associated Press report revealed. The scope and manner in which the information is being used are still unclear. However, the federal government said the move was meant to ensure a better experience for consumers. Detroit News, The (01/20)

2. McCoy to become ONC's first CHIO

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Dr. Michael James McCoy was appointed the first chief health information officer of the ONC. In his role, McCoy will serve as the agency's interoperability expert and oversee its clinical policy for standards and regulatory efforts. McCoy's health IT experience includes serving as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' HIT specialist. McCoy is set to begin his position Monday. Healthcare Informatics online (01/21)

3. Epic to replace Cerner, GE Healthcare as Mayo Clinic's EHR vendor

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Epic was tapped by the Mayo Clinic to replace Cerner and GE Healthcare as its EHR vendor. A project team with members from Epic, Mayo and external consultants is expected to be in place by April to oversee development of the single, integrated EHR and revenue cycle management platform, which is scheduled to be implemented in 2017. (01/20)

4. What might Obama's precision medicine initiative look like?

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

A precision or personalized medicine initiative suggested by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address might call for better computational tools, smartphones that diagnose disease and advances in tissue-on-a-chip technology, says Lee Hood, who led the development of the automated DNA sequencer. Other focus areas might include research on the consequences of genetic changes, development of gene sequencing standards and improvements in how mutations are identified, says geneticist David Mittelman, chief scientific officer at Tute Genomics. Xconomy (01/21)

5. Practices with low resources face MU hurdles

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

A study in the Annals of Family Medicine found primary care practices with low resources don't have access to adequate funds, technical expertise and leverage with IT vendors to be able to maintain meaningful use beyond stage 1. Rural practices in particular faced challenges, researchers said. Health Data Management (01/26)

6. Health systems, groups call for EHR device ID

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

A number of health systems, patient safety advocates and medical groups have called on HHS to include provisions in its unique device identifier system that would enable medical device tracking in EHRs to boost safety and quality in patients with implanted devices. Healthcare IT News (01/23)

7. Many states with SHIP funding want greater telehealth investment

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

An Accenture report showed 19 of 25 states that received funding for State Health Care Innovation Plans aim to boost telehealth investments this year as they launch new initiatives for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Fifteen states plan to invest in patient portals and digital tools to cut costs, while 14 states intend to invest in data aggregation and analytics to bolster population health. (01/22)

8. HHS adds new encryption feature to

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

A new layer of encryption is being added by HHS to to address privacy concerns raised last week when The Associated Press revealed that the site is sharing personal data, such as consumers' tobacco use and income, with several companies. The additional security feature is incorporated into the site's Window Shopping tool to prevent third parties from accessing information that consumers enter when they use the cost calculator tool. Hill, The (01/24)

9. Group seeks to decrease health IT administrative burdens for physicians

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

The federal government's health IT plan for the next five years should include ways to reduce administrative burdens faced by physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians wrote in comments to the ONC. The letter from AAFP Board Chair Dr. Reid Blackwelder asked the agency to focus its efforts on promoting value-based care such as boosting care coordination, patient engagement and population health. "Given the breadth and depth of the work that could be initiated around health IT, we are concerned that resources may be spread so thin that no significant achievements are made toward the goals laid out in the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan," Blackwelder said. AAFP News (01/19) Healthcare IT News (01/20)

10. Doctors ask ONC to overhaul EHR MU program

Health IT SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

A group of 35 medical organizations, led by the American Medical Association, is asking the ONC to implement major changes in the EHR meaningful use initiative, arguing the program in its current form could compromise patient safety. Among the coalition's recommendations are to separate the MU program from EHR certification and to take another look at software testing alternatives. Hill, The (01/21)

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