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Successful OpenNotes Implementations Require Portal Changes, More Communication

David Raths, Contributing Editor In just a few years the OpenNotes movement has spread to dozens of health systems. Yet at many healthcare organizations, the percentage of portal users reading clinical notes is still quite low.

Take the Lead to Deploy Emerging Technologies for Improved Outcomes

Brad Wilson, Industry Voice, former CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), have the potential to accelerate the shift to value-based care and improve the healthcare system in material ways.

Should HIPAA Privacy Rules Change? HHS Seeks Input

Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor The OCR has issued an RFI seeking input from the public on how HIPAA Rules, particularly the HIPAA Privacy Rule, could be modified to reflect the administration’s goal of promoting coordinated, value-based care.

Investors Have Strong Interest in HIT Sector, Despite Valuation Concerns

Heather Landi, Associate Editor Healthcare IT remains a hot investment sector despite concerns about these companies being overvalued, according to KPMG-Leavitt Partners 2019 Investment Outlook, a survey of health care investment professionals.

Across the Care Continuum, Improving Patient Matching Capabilities Has Become Paramount

Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor The Michigan Health Information Network—and other HIEs and HINs—have prioritized projects to standardize patient matching across different entities

When It Comes to The Big Debate on ACOs, What Is “Big Enough” Savings?

Mark Hagland, Editor-in-Chief The back-and-forth interaction between CMS Administrator Seema Verma and the ACO community is unfolding in a fascinating, if unpredictable way, at a key inflection point in the evolution of the MSSP program

Who Isn’t Using Patient Portals? New Study Sheds Light on Portal Use

Heather Landi, Associate Editor About two-thirds of adult patients did not use an online patient portal in 2017, and research indicates vulnerable and disadvantaged patients are less likely to use these technology tools, according to a study published in the November issue of Health Affairs.

Have CIOs’ Top Priorities for 2018 Become a Reality?

Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor In comparing healthcare CIOs’ priorities at the end of 2017 to this current moment, new analysis has found that core clinical IT goals have shifted from focusing on EHR (electronic health record) integration to data analytics.

OCR Fines Providers for HIPAA Violations, Failure to Follow “Basic Security Requirements”

Heather Landi, Associate Editor Florida-based Advanced Care Hospitalists PL has agreed to pay $500,000 to the HHS Office for Civil Rights for a number of HIPAA compliance failures, including sharing protected health information with an unknown vendor without a business associate agreement.

Eye Center in California Switches EHR Vendor Following Ransomware Incident

Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor Redwood Eye Center, an ophthalmology practice in Vallejo, Calif., has notified more than 16,000 patients that its EHR (electronic health record) hosting vendor experienced a ransomware attack in September.
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