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Keeping up with federal health IT initiatives
Information technology is being used in a wide variety of ways by health care providers, from sharing patient information to billing to e-prescribing and beyond. With most of these advances come federal programs that seek to harness the power of technology and ensure that safeguards are in place. This special report looks at what is happening with ICD-10 implementation and health information exchanges, as well as privacy and security issues that affect the health care provider's daily practice.
  ICD-10 Update 
  • AMA to assess ICD-11 as a possible replacement for ICD-9
    The American Medical Association has decided to examine ICD-11 as a potential substitute to ICD-10 for replacing ICD-9. "It is critical to evaluate alternatives to ICD-9 that will make for a less cumbersome transition and allow physicians to focus on their primary priority –- patient care," Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, AMA president-elect, said in a statement. "The policy also asks stakeholders, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to examine other options." Government Health IT online (6/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 reasons to go forward with ICD-10 implementation
    In spite of delays and questions about the effectiveness of ICD-10, it is still a good idea to move toward implementation, writes Carl Ascenzo, vice president of global health care solutions for Virtusa. He offers four reasons why providers should continue with ICD-10 migration, including the fact that ICD-10 is better than ICD-9 at keeping up with rapid medical innovations. Healthcare Finance News (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is your EHR ready for ICD-10?
    EHRs can help health care providers with the detailed documentation and coding specificity that the conversion to ICD-10 requires, but providers must prepare their EHRs carefully, writes Dave Lareau, CEO of Medicomp Systems. Lareau poses five questions providers should ask as they prepare their EHRs for use with ICD-10, including whether the EHR can handle the additional data that will be gathered. Government Health IT online (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Information Exchange 
  • Iowa, Ill. opt for cloud-based approach to statewide HIE
    Cloud computing can allow organizations to manage larger volumes of data and in a more scalable fashion, but it also poses security and privacy challenges, Harsha Rao of Booz Allen Hamilton said during a presentation at this year's Healthcare IT Connect Summit. Iowa and Illinois have each adopted a cloud-based approach to HIE, and during the presentation, officials from both states shared the opportunities and challenges tied to the move. (6/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: HIEs should change their sustainability model
    Health information exchanges should adjust to changing reimbursement approaches and advance their business models and mission, according to a report from the HIMSS State Advisory Roundtable. "The business of state HIEs will likely need to shift from 'facilitator of sharing' to 'data aggregator and analyzer' in order to build a sustainable business plan. The challenge will be to provide a basis for comparison across private providers," the report said. Healthcare IT News (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advocacy groups issue policy brief on HIE security
    The Center for Democracy & Technology and Consumers Union have released a report intended to brief policymakers on ways to promote security and privacy in health information exchanges. Among the report's seven recommendations are making all businesses that use, access or disclose patient data legally accountable, reviewing the laws protecting health information and strengthening compliance with those laws. Health Data Management (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Privacy & Security 
  • ONC: Most mobile phones fail to satisfy security needs
    The ONC's mobile endpoint security research found that most mobile phones failed to satisfy more than 40% of security requirements, including the ability to encrypt data, said Will Phelps, an IT security specialist in the ONC's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, at this week's HIMSS Government Health IT conference. The office wants to help the provider community ensure that mobile devices can use the appropriate security controls to protect patient records, Phelps said. Government Health IT online (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 13 ways to overcome mobile device security risks
    ID Experts and other authorities on keeping electronic information secure offer 13 tips for combating mobile device security threats. Recommended approaches include using USB locks and geolocation tracking services or software, as well as encrypting mobile devices. Healthcare IT News (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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