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 Follow @FierceHealthIT on Twitter, or find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Marla Durben Hirsch

Survey: Nearly 20 percent of community hospitals want to change EHR vendors

Now that the electronic health record market has matured, nearly 20 percent of community hospitals are actively looking to replace their EHR vendors, according to the latest report from peer60.

Hospital threatens to cut off EHR access to docs not trained in ICD-10

West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center warned its providers that those who fail to undergo ICD-10 training would be cut off from the hospitals' electronic health record system.

Providers, pay heed to NIST's mobile device security guide

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's new draft guide to help providers keep patient data on mobile devices secure is a treasure trove of very detailed, practical information. However, I'm worried that it won't trickle down to the clinician community.

Black Book: Drchrono remains top mobile EHR app

Drchrono is the top ranked mobile electronic health record app vendor for the third year in a row, according to the latest report from market research firm Black Book Rankings.

NIST guide aims to protect patient information on mobile devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has published a new guide to help healthcare providers make mobile devices that use or contain patient electronic health data more secure.

Practices need 'targeted' assistance, better-designed EHRs to meet CQMs

Assessing electronic clinical quality measures based on an electronic health record system's functionalities can help pinpoint how to improve EHR design and determine how to best help physician practices better patient care, according to a study published this month in eGEMS (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).

Termination of employee for accessing EHR deemed unfair labor practice

Missoula Montana-based Rocky Mountain Eye Center is fighting a ruling that terminating an employee for improper access to its electronic health record is an unfair labor practice under the National Labor Relations Act.

With #FixEHR, AMA fine-tunes its Meaningful Use reboot strategy

The American Medical Association has kicked its fight against poorly operating electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program up a notch, in a rather novel way.

Report: Canada's health IT 'lags on many fronts'

Canada has many of the same problems with electronic health record adoption and data sharing as the United States, according to a Canadian report published this month of the Advisory Panel in Healthcare Innovation.

HRSA to assess grantees' progress in EHR adoption, support

The Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration has announced its intent to seek progress reports to determine how well health center controlled networks are helping health centers to adopt electronic health records and share data.