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

Health industry must move beyond HIPAA 101

Why is a 20-year-old law still so confusing?

It's ironic that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, legislation intended, in large part, to simplify the administration of healthcare, continues to confound providers, patients and others, and make the industry more complicated.

You'd think we'd all have the hang of it by now. Evidently not.

Cerner wins DoD's add-on data hosting contract

The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a $50.7 million sole source data hosting add-on to its $4.3 billion electronic health record contract, known as the Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization EHR, to Cerner.

New York boasts highest rate of e-prescribing for controlled substances

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances continues to increase, particularly in New York, according to new data from Surescripts.

ONC: 95 percent of REC-enrolled priority providers use EHRs

The regional extension centers (RECs) have enjoyed great success in helping enrolled providers implement electronic health records and attest to Meaningful Use, according to recent quick stats on the REC program posted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Health attorney Gerald DeLoss: Data sharing, use agreements in the midst of an evolution [Q&A]

As data sharing continues to become more commonplace, the actions and use agreements that underpin these activities are transitioning to meet changing needs and concerns, according to health attorney Gerald "Jud" E. DeLoss, Esq.

Practice Fusion lays off one quarter of its workforce

San Francisco-based ambulatory care electronic health record vendor Practice Fusion has laid off 75 employees, about a quarter of its work force.

Flint, Michigan: Kudos to the EHR

The news coming out of Flint, Michigan, that the city's decision to switch to a cheaper water source caused a lead poisoning crisis, is tragic. But there appears to be a slight glimmer of good news, and it's coming from a rather stodgy, unlikely hero: the electronic health record of the local hospital.

EHRs can help ID timing, reasons for dialysis initiation

The data in electronic health records can help pinpoint when and why dialysis was initiated for chronic kidney disease, and thereby perhaps make the decision more patient-oriented, according to a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Study: Use of OpenEHR can improve standardization of common data elements

Advanced modeling may be able to apply the OpenEHR archetype to improve data sharing among disparate common data elements, according to a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

EHRs continue to frustrate providers

Healthcare professionals are still dissatisfied with their electronic health records, according to a new infographic released by athenahealth, which has been collecting the information as part of its "let doctors be doctors" social movement, which it launched in October 2015.