Marla Durben Hirsch

Biography for Marla Durben Hirsch

Marla Durben Hirsch is an attorney who has specialized in health law for 28 years and has written about the many facets of healthcare for almost 15 years. She also is the editor for several other books, journals and publications, including the HIPAA Answer Book and The Health Lawyer, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section. She has won a number of awards for her coverage of healthcare news, and has been quoted in several publications, including the New York Times. She can be reached at mdhirsch@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceHealthIT on Twitter, or find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Marla Durben Hirsch

Electronic mental health, substance abuse records need special care

I have little sympathy for the millions of people who joined the Ashley Madison website that facilitates extramarital affairs and now are dealing with the exposure of their involvement due to hackers. It is naïve in these electronic times to think that there's anything private. But it is disconcerting to think that electronic substance abuse and mental health records are more vulnerable to exposure.

 

More than $31B in MU incentive payments made to providers

A whopping $31.3 billion in incentive payments have been made to providers pursuant to the Meaningful Use program, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's latest report, which includes data through July 2015.

Electronic 'trigger' can identify cancer red flags, reduce diagnostic delays

Electronic "triggers" searching for data within an electronic health record can identify patients at risk of delayed cancer diagnosis and speed up the diagnostic evaluation, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Task force summarizes barriers, mulls recommendations to improve EHR data sharing

Patient care coordination is the "key driver" to data sharing, but there are challenges accomplishing that goal, according to the Health IT Policy Committee's task force on clinical, technical, organizational and financial barriers to interoperability. In its Aug. 25 meeting, the task force summarized information from hearings held earlier in the month regarding obstacles to electronic health record interoperability.

Beacon communities attaining 'clinical transformation' with health IT

The Beacon communities have done a good job in building and expanding their use of electronic health records and other health technologies to improve their clinical practices, according to a recently published report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

EHRs critical to 'learning health system' model

Electronic health records can help create network based learning health systems to integrate chronic care management, quality improvement and research, according to a study published in the August edition of eGEMS (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

DoD, VA must be accountable for interoperability failures

If the law tells me I need to file my taxes by a certain date, I do so. If my editors ask for an article to be submitted at a certain time, it's done. If I have a long term project, I set goals...

Vendor changes increasing EHR satisfaction among larger doc practices

Vendor improvements to their electronic health records are increasing large practices' satisfaction with their systems, according to a new survey from Black Book Rankings.

Providers must anticipate 'activation' risks in EHR implementation

Providers often don't identify and plan for some of the potential risks in implementing an electronic health record, according to Dana Kimmel, an associate principal for health technology consulting group Aspen Advisors.

ABA Health Law Section: Precision medicine may benefit from health IT models

The White House Precision Medicine Initiative might do well to borrow some of the concepts already in use in health information exchange and health IT, according to comments released by the American Bar Association's Health Law Section on the proposed privacy and trust principles issued by the Precision Medicine Initiative Interagency Working Group.