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

VA to pilot Watson technology to harness EHR info

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is teaming up with IBM to pilot a study to harness electronic health records to help physicians care for patients. The program will use IBM's Watson technology to study innovative approaches to search EHRs and medical literature for relevant studies in order to quickly collect, combine and present information to help physicians make clinical decisions more quickly and free up their time to spend more of it with patients.

Stop studying patient engagement and do something with the information

December appears to be the month of the patient portal study.

HIT Policy Committee approves interoperability roadmap recommendations

The Office of the National Coordinator's Health IT Policy Committee endorsed the recommendations of its Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Workgroup regarding the agency's proposed interoperability roadmap.

Congress to ONC: Focus on interoperability

Congress has made clear that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's priority should be on interoperability, ordering the agency to change how it certifies electronic health records so that non-interoperable products don't make the cut.

Survey: More consumers amenable to online portals

Consumers continue to warm up to the concept of online access and patient portals, although many of them are still unaware of the tools, according to a new survey.

Veteran use of PHRs remains low

Most veterans are not taking advantage of the personal health record and patient portal available to them, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

DEA approves EHNAC to certify e-prescribing of controlled substances

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has approved the certification process for the electronic prescribing of controlled substances developed by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), according to an announcement posted Dec. 12, in the Federal Register.

Mobile devices can enable EHR access but still put info at risk

Mobile devices, such as laptops and smartphones, can enable clinicians to access electronic health records, but many still don't protect the information, despite the vulnerability of the electronic patient information and the many breaches that have been documented, panelists warned at the American Bar Association Health Law Section's 12th annual Washington Health Law Summit, held this week in the District of Columbia. 

Consumers more comfortable with electronic health records

Patients see "significant" value in electronic health records and want more access, according to a new report from the National Partnership for Women & Families.

ONC strategic plan raises questions about the future of Meaningful Use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated health IT strategic plan, released Dec. 8, is a high-level, ambitious framework for the federal government. It addresses some of the questions the industry has had about the direction of health IT and ONC. It's also an interesting read.