The number of medical apps available to doctors and patients alike is growing continuously. The FDA has made its intention to regulate some medical apps clear, but less clear is which apps will and will not be regulated.
NIST Releases Voluntary Standards For IT Infrastructure Security
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is circulating a draft of voluntary standards it is developing for the critical infrastructure of IT security. The framework, when fully developed, will outline security functions and standards based on a risk-management approach in five areas, summed up by the adage “Know, Prevent, Detect, Respond, Recover.”
Cloud Computing In Healthcare Could Generate $11 Billion In Savings
While 90 percent of healthcare CIOs view IT innovation as critical to success, the more surprising statistic is that fewer than one-fourth consider their existing infrastructure capable of supporting such technological advancement.
On July 18, 2013, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) announced the release of a new online collection of data — both quantitative and qualitative — designed to help providers, lawmakers and other stakeholders research the value of health information technology.
Many Physician Practices Are “Ripping and Replacing” Their EHR Systems
So far, 2013 has been billed as the year for EHR dissatisfaction, with up to 23 percent of physician practices reporting they were trading in their current EHR system for a new brand altogether. According to a new Black Book Ranking report, there were only a handful of vendors that came out on top.
AHA Calls For Eletronic Clinical Quality Measures Reporting Slowdown
As many hospitals are struggling to generate clinical quality measures, the American Hospital Association is calling for slowing the pace of transitioning to electronic reporting. In a report, released July 25, the AHA calls for “redirecting” the existing requirements for digital clinical quality measures. As it stands, the process raises costs and effort for providers, AHA said, without leading to accurate data.
First Wave Of IHE – ICSA Labs Interoperability Certifications Announced
A certification program launched earlier this year at the IHE North American Connectathon, designed to promote interoperability among vendors, has certified its first batch of health IT products, officials from IHE and ICSA Labs announced Tuesday.
CMS Administrator Says EHR’s Are Transforming Doctor-Patient Relationships
Providers are increasingly using electronic health records, both to manage their patients’ care and to provide more information to those patients, according to new data published Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
ONC Chief Speaks To The Current State Of Interoperability Progress
Achieving Farzad Mostashari’s vision for a U.S. healthcare system where “every encounter and every patient has access to all the world’s knowledge” will require a balancing of standards and innovation and a combination of IT and process change.
ONC Unveils New Health IT 2014 Edition Standards Certification Mark
As we reach the “tipping point” of electronic health record adoption, the Office of the National Coordinator has issued a mark for EHRs and other health IT products, meant to serve as visual proof that they can offer functionality, interoperability and security.
ONC Releases Final Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan
HHS has released its final plan to address patient safety issues arising from the use of health information technology. But putting in place a framework to monitor and then act on those issues remains a work in progress.