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

HHS issues guidance to clarify Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act

Providers who have been trying to shield patient records from view by hiding behind the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act can no longer do so with the release of guidance clarifying the law's requirements. 

EHRs help detect inpatients at imminent risk of dying

Electronic health records can help identify hospitalized patients at risk of death, according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine.

The FDA's draft guidance on EHRs and clinical trials needs more meat

We may finally see more streamlined approval of new drugs and devices, thanks to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's latest effort to push researchers to use electronic health records in clinical trials--draft guidance published this week regarding how to use EHRs as a source of data. Still, the draft guidance is pretty skimpy and raises questions that must be answered.

DirectTrust adds new members, continues 'steady growth'

DirectTrust continues to enjoy "steady" growth, adding eight new members to its network since the beginning of the year and bringing total membership to 146 organizations. The new members include health services providers, health IT companies, and companies providing healthcare-related mobile apps.

ONC API task force recommendations narrowly approved; provider blocking an issue

The Office of the National Coordinator's Health IT Policy and Standards Committees on Tuesday approved recommendations from the agency's application programming interface task force, but narrowly and only after much debate.

FDA issues draft guidance on use of EHRs in clinical investigations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance regarding the collection and use of electronic health record data in clinical trials.

EHR data can provide real time, regional flu surveillance

The data in electronic health records can be harnessed to better predict, in near real-time, regional estimates of flu outbreaks in the U.S., according to recent research.

Slashing funds for HIE access may actually prove more costly

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon last week vetoed a $500,000-line item from the state budget that would have funded data sharing between the state's department of social services and its health information exchange, Missouri Health Connection. At the same time, new research reports that easy data sharing between New York City's immunization registry and clinicians' EHRs "significantly" improved the vaccination rates of children.

At first glance these two news items don't have much in common. But they do; we're talking about Medicaid.

ONC's Rebecca Freeman: Include nurses in EHR implementation

Nurses are part of the success of electronic health records and must be part of their implementation process, according to Rebecca Freeman, chief nursing officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Feasibility of EHRs to measure adolescent care quality 'remains unfulfilled'

It currently is not very feasible to use electronic health records to measure quality in adolescent well care, according to a study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality.