HealthLeaders Media IT - February 16, 2010 | Health IT's Three Big Issues: Money, Money, and Money
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Health IT's Three Big Issues: Money, Money, and Money
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

This year's HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey presents a snapshot of the healthcare industry at a time of excitement, uncertainty, and tumult. And healthcare IT is in the center of so many of the big changes that are coming, especially because of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. From budgets to staffing to investment in new technologies that will help organizations achieve meaningful use, healthcare IT leaders spoke out on how the changes will affect their organizations—and their organization's budget. [Read More]
 
February 16, 2010  
 
Editor's Picks
Focus on HIPAA Compliance as HITECH Date Nears
HealthLeaders Media editor Dom Nicastro writes the first of a three-part series this week focusing on expert advice on complying with HIPAA and preparing for HITECH regulations. The HITECH compliance date for business associates to comply with the security rule is Wednesday, February 17. As your organization works to comply with breach notification regulations and sets up a "harm threshold" risk analysis team, he writes, it should also go back to HIPAA security 101. "HITECH did include significant changes, but the bottom line is and especially security officers need to do is make sure they actually comply with the HIPAA Security Rule," says Chris Apgar, the president of Apgar & Associates, LLC, in Portland, OR. [Read More]

What Meaningful Use Means For You Now
It has now been a month since the CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology published the interim final rule for EHR certification standards and the proposed rule on the EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Program and meaningful use standards. Another rule proposing the EHR certification process and organizations designated to conduct EHR certification is also expected early this year, writes Andrea Kraynak for HealthLeaders Media. But with incentive payments set to begin in October for hospitals and in January 2011 for physicians, waiting for the release of final rules before worrying about meaningful use standards may not be wise—especially for those hoping to take advantage of the early incentives. [Read More]

FCC to promote mobile health apps in broadband plan
From electronic health record systems to video conferencing to remote monitoring, health IT applications could soon get a boost from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC has launched a new effort to foster the use of wireless devices and applications in healthcare as part of a national broadband plan the agency expects to release next month, according a senior FCC official. One of the biggest issues for the long-term future of mobile devices is the finite amount of spectrum, or radio frequencies that carry voice and data wirelessly, according to this article in the HIMSS publication Government Health IT News. "FCC must efficiently allocate the spectrum that is available in order to drive innovation for both infrastructure and applications," said Dr. Mohit Kaushal, digital healthcare director of the FCC's Omnibus Broadband Initiative. [Read More]
 
Tech Headlines
Breach Prevention is Critical as HIPAA Compliance Worlds Collide
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - February 12, 2010

White House Earmarks Nearly $1B for Healthcare IT, Future Jobs
Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media - February 12, 2010

New Jersey Launches Web Portal to Reduce Health Plan Paperwork
Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media - February 12, 2010

Obama administration makes grants for health IT
AP/Yahoo News - February 12, 2010

South Florida doctors to get $8.5 million for tech upgrade
Miami Herald - February 16, 2010

Doctor-patient divide on mammograms
New York Times - February 16, 2010

Results unproven, robotic surgery wins converts
New York Times - February 15, 2010

BCBS of TN Hard Drive Theft Threatens 521K Customers
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - February 10, 2010
 
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Beyond Meaningful Use
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