Despite the federal government's best intentions to create an interoperable healthcare landscape, the Meaningful Use program has yet to truly prevent information blocking by both providers and vendors, legislators on the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions committee declared at a hearing Thursday. To that end, they led a discussion focused on potentially delaying Stage 3 of the program, proposed in late March.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology's new draft guide to help providers keep patient data on mobile devices secure is a treasure trove of very detailed, practical information.
The five-volume guide, released by NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is a step-by-step tool that:
- Maps security characteristics to standards and best practices from NIST and other standards organizations, and to the HIPAA Security Rule
- Provides a detailed architecture and capabilities that address security controls
- Facilitates ease of use through automated configuration of security controls
- Addresses the need for different types of implementation, whether in-house or outsourced
- Provides a how-to for implementers and security engineers seeking to recreate NCCoE's reference design
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A diverse group of electronic health record vendors, provider representatives and others have called on the Department of Health and Human Services to quickly finalize the proposed rule modifying the Meaningful Use requirements for 2015-2017 before it's too late for them to comply with it.
The triumph of Cerner's team for the Pentagon's highly coveted electronic health record contract had as much to do with the Kansas City, Missouri, company's perceived strength on the interoperability front and its government experience as it did with rival Epic's inability to "play nice" with other systems, according to industry analysts.
New legislation aims to delay Stage 3 of Meaningful Use until at least 2017 to give providers "time to breathe and a reprieve from the unfair penalties."
Now that the electronic health record market has matured, nearly 20 percent of community hospitals are actively looking to replace their EHR vendors, according to the latest report from peer60.
West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center warned its providers that those who fail to undergo ICD-10 training would be cut off from the hospitals' electronic health record system.
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