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

Consensus on interoperability standards may prove elusive

It looks like the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's interoperability roadmap has already hit its first speed bump. The Health IT Standards Committee's Interoperability Standards Advisory task force reported this week on the public comments received on ONC's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, the first deliverable in support of the agency's national interoperability roadmap. The results do not appear promising.

Nonintrusive CDS tool enhances communication, improves outcomes

An integrated and workflow-aware clinical decision support (CDS) tool is "critical" to improving patient/provider communications and influencing patient outcomes, according to a new study in eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

HIT Standards task force: Suggestions for interoperability all over the board

There's been considerable interest in expanding the scope of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory, but very little consistency regarding how, according to the Health IT Standards Committee Advisory Task Force.

EHRs factor heavily in treatment of chronically ill, AMGA says

Electronic health records are an important component of the management of chronically ill patients, but a big effort for providers, according to the American Medical Group Association in a recent letter to the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Work Group.

FDA to explore use of EHRs to aid in drug trials

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its interest in considering the use of electronic health records with electronic data capture in order to improve clinical trials for new and investigational drugs.

CMS proposed rule 'encourages' EHR adoption for end stage renal disease facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services continues to prod providers into adopting electronic health records and electronic data sharing, this time in its proposed 2016 payment rule for end stage renal disease facilities.

Positive news about health information exchange, EHR usability ... and even IT vendors

There's so much bad news about electronic health records, generally, that it's refreshing to read about some positive developments this week. For one, it looks like health information exchanges (HIEs) are finally coming into their own.

AAFP's Wergin: Health records are being 'held hostage'

Neither patients nor their electronic health records are commodities, and they should not be treated as such, according to Nebraska family physician Robert Wergin, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a blog post for The Hill.

Direct messaging popular despite cost, other drawbacks

Direct messaging is a popular method for sharing data, according to a new HIMSS survey of 75 health information organizations in 27 states. 

EHR design is an 'investment' not all vendors embrace

EHR usability is "incredibly complex" and needs specific adaptations of user-centered design (UCD) in order to be effective, according to panelists at a Health IT safety webinar conducted by RTI on behalf of ONC on June 19.