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

Black Book: Nurse dissatisfaction with inpatient EHRs at all-time high

Poor workflow, communication issues and other problems with electronic health records have increased nurse dissatisfaction of inpatient systems to 92 percent, an all-time high, according to the latest report from Black Book Market Research.

Pollyanna ONC highlights interoperability mistakes made in the past

I presume that I'm not the only person who finds the occasional disconnect between the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's blog posts and the real data behind them amusing.

End of Highmark-UPMC contract raises concerns about data sharing

The termination of the contract between managed care company Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), slated to end Jan. 1, 2015, has called into question whether UPMC will be able to transfer electronic patient health records in a timely manner.

AMA issues blueprint to improve Meaningful Use

The American Medical Association, frustrated by physicians' continued struggles with meeting the Meaningful Use requirements, has created a blueprint to refocus and revamp the entire Meaningful Use program.

JASON task force to ONC: Consider delaying MU Stage 3 incentives

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should narrow Meaningful Use Stage 3 to focus on interoperability and "assertively monitor" the transition to public APIs but implement only "non-regulatory steps" to catalyze the transition, according to ONC's JASON task force.

ONC: Interoperability up, but barriers remain

Providers are continuing to adopt electronic health records and share patient data, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will continue to support these efforts, according to their annual report to Congress on the HITECH Act.

Walgreens, VA partner to give veterans more access to vaccinations

Walgreens and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to improve care coordination for veterans by providing flu and other CDC-approved vaccinations.

EHRs give advance directive objective short shrift

Electronic health records have fallen down on the job when it comes to dealing with the advance directive objective, according to a new blog post from Carl Bergman.

EHRs can help hospitals improve Joint Commission survey results

Here's yet another benefit of implementing an electronic health record: They can help hospitals meet the Joint Commission standards for medical record keeping, according to a new article in the Oct. 6 issue of Inside the Joint Commission.

KLAS: 6 percent of providers have attained 'advanced' interoperability

Providers are on the path to interoperability, but they're not necessarily crediting their vendor for it, according to a new report from KLAS Research.