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January 22, 2013
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  • HHS issues updates to HIPAA regulations
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of clarifications and updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, also known as HIPAA, to ensure that the privacy and health data of patients are protected. The HIPAA update allows patients to request an electronic copy of their EHR and gives them more control over the information that can be shared by their doctors. Healthcare Informatics online (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • Data breach notification remains unclear in final HIPAA rule
    The just-released final rule on HIPAA privacy and security offered clarifications in some areas, but certain ambiguities remain. In this interview, health care lawyer Bob Belfort said that how data breach incidents are evaluated for breach notification purposes is among the issues that will continue to pose a challenge to health care groups. Government Health IT online (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • Draft implementation guide for Blue Button Plus is available
    The ONC has released an initial technical guide for the adoption of Blue Button Plus, a rebranding of the agency's Automated Blue Button Initiative. The tool includes view, download and data sharing functions in providers' EHRs to help them satisfy the stage 2 meaningful use requirements. Included in the draft implementation guidance are ways to send information to patients via Direct messaging protocol and in structured format. Government Health IT online (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Electronic palliative care reports reduce hospital admissions
    Unplanned hospital admissions were reduced when emergency department physicians had access to electronic palliative care summary information for cancer patients who arrived outside of regular hours, University of Aberdeen researchers reported in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. "Pro-active planning for out-of-hours contacts is one way of promoting continuity of care and high quality palliative care and should be encouraged," the authors wrote. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • CMS issues guidance on changes to stage 1 MU rules
    New guidance released by the CMS details updates to the stage 1 meaningful use requirements for EHRs. These updates, which are now in effect for calendar year and fiscal year 2013, include measures related to computerized physician order entry systems, e-prescribing and electronic clinical data exchange. Health Data Management (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Vendor Watch 
  • Winners of mobile EHR design challenge are announced
    The ONC announced winners of its Health Design Challenge that aims to help patients easily navigate and understand their EHRs. The Best Overall Design award was given to a team from gravitytank in Chicago that developed the "Nightingale" design, while a group from HealthEd in Clark, N.J., nabbed the Best Lab Summaries award for its "Health Summary" idea. Healthcare IT News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • CHIME case study series: EHRs are achievable for small facilities
    Earlier this year, CHIME launched a case study series titled "When IT Matters: Improving Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes through Technology." Read the second in the series, "Electronic Health Records Help Henry County Prepare for Change," which shows how the Henry County Health Center used its small size to its advantage to implement an electronic health record system and other supporting applications. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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