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Embracing artificial intelligence (AI) technology is “a necessity” for the health IT industry, according to Harold “Hal” Wolf III, the next president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 was introduced to increase the rate of integration of electronic health records (EHRs). In a recent study, published by Health Affairs, researchers analyze if the bill was able to increase EHR adoption.

Having a strong first line of defense is key in any battle—and the same goes for the fight for cybersecurity. A recent newsletter released by HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) urges healthcare organizations to arm their employees with knowledge in order to prevent cyberattacks.

In response to the opioid epidemic, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, MA, PhD, R-Pennsylvania, has introduced the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety (OPPS) Act, which allows physicians to review patient information regarding previous addiction treatment through electronic health records (EHRs).

The proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule would provide a boost in reimbursement to telehealth services, paying for several new services and codes.

 

Recent Headlines

AHA letter urges Congress to enact Meaningful Use Flexibility Law

In a recent letter to congress, top American Hospital Association (AHA) members urge for the enactment of the Meaningful Use Flexibility Law. Along with the praise of the Electronic Health Record Regulator Relief Act, the letter argues for an urgent need to change requirements for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.

New dry-powder asthma inhaler receives FDA clearance

Propeller Health, a producer of digital products for respiratory medication, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the GSK's Ellipta inhaler and platform, a treatment for asthma featuring a patented dry-powder inhaler.

HIMSS eyes 3 main topics to improve homeland security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its Draft National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP) in September. Now, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has written a letter focusing on three main topics to improve the plan.

5 recommendations to reduce, prevent opioid overdoses

Graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh have compiled a list of recommendations to prevent opioid overdoses that is being presented at the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver.

NIH awards $5.5 million to expand precision medicine program

Four regional medical center groups will receive $5.5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin implementation of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort program.

Multitude of healthcare groups ask Congress for a national patient identifier

Healthcare groups including HIMSS, AMIA and CHIME have written a letter to members of Congress asking for a national patient identifier to increase patient safety and the electronic exchange of data.

OIG recommends adding medical device info to CMS claims forms

Adding fields for medical device information on claims reimbursement forms would help CMS better track how much Medicare spends on recalled or defective devices, according to HHS’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

GAO: HHS oversight flaws leave EHR data vulnerable

A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) harshly criticized HHS’s guidance on privacy and security for health information, saying it fails to meet cybersecurity standards of other federal agencies and provides advice to covered entities that doesn’t help prevent future data breaches.

FDA will award you $40,000 to develop crowd-sourcing Naloxone app

The FDA is offering a skilled coder $40,000 to make a mobile app that could help people experiencing an opioid overdose find a potentially life-saving dose of Naloxone.

 
CHIME announces new appointments to leadership positions

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has announced the newest appointments to its board of trustees, board of directors and elected officers for 2018.

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