The HHS Office for Civil Rights should help clinicians in the implementation of good security practices for health information, evaluate comments on the ONC and CMS' proposed information blocking rules and eliminate the presumption of guilt on covered entities after a data breach incident, according to a letter from the American Medical Association. "We encourage OCR to promote information sharing for treatment and care coordination and/or case management through education and positive incentives -- not requirements -- especially those that value speed over privacy," the group wrote regarding changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Increased use of telemedicine can help practices increase efficiency, "but this has to happen in the context of people having the same level of care as in a face-to-face visit," says GenieMD founder Dr. Soheil Saadat. Telemedicine tools should prompt physicians to ask certain questions and add unstructured data straight into the EHR.
Healthcare providers should not be required to provide patients' personal health information to other covered entities for any reason, MGMA said in response to a Health and Human Services request for information on proposed HIPAA changes. "Requiring practices to share information that could be in opposition to the wishes or stipulations of a patient could supersede medical decision-making and clearly removes the right of the patient to control who has access to their health information," MGMA says.
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System is seen as a reporting program "without a clear link to actual quality improvement" by providers, said Mollie Gelburd, associate director of government affairs for MGMA. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should recognize more voluntary alternative payment models, MGMA recommends.
Cybersecurity and data privacy remain the top priorities for healthcare executives in 2019, according to the HIMSS US Leadership and Workforce Survey for 2019. Developing analytics capabilities to improve outcomes and making better business decisions were also among the top considerations.
CHIME issued a statement commending the CMS and ONC for their proposed new rules that aim to hasten implementation of health care IT interoperability and granting patients access to their records. National Health IT Coordinator Don Rucker said the ONC's rule clarifies the information blocking provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act by including guidelines for exceptions.
Dealing with cancer allowed Cris Ross, CIO of Mayo Clinic, to observe firsthand how clinicians still have difficulties using new EHR systems, Ross said at the HIMSS19 conference. Ross also urged executives to find ways to improve the patient experience using the technology at hand.
The Protenus 2019 Breach Barometer report showed the number of compromised patient records rose from 5.6 million in 477 reported data breach incidents in 2017 to 15 million in 503 incidents reported in 2018. Last year, hacking compromised roughly 11.3 million patient records, while insider-related incidents led to the exposure of 2.8 million records, and breaches involving third-party vendors or business associates affected 5.3 million records.
An inactivated adenovirus carrying a gene therapy enabled a dichromat male squirrel monkey to see red-colored objects, and in addition to getting closer to a cure for red-green colorblindness, the research has yielded insight into how the brain processes color.
A report from HIMSS Analytics and KLAS Research revealed that hospitals that earned Stage 7 recognition on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model were more likely to have physicians with an above average EMR user experience. Researchers also found that physicians at Stage 7 hospitals were more likely to agree with some statements that describe the benefits of an EMR system, compared with those at Stage 6 hospitals.
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