3 key steps to liberate data without raising liability – Health Article

Medical data is only as valuable as the uses it’s put toward. When shared between patients, providers, and payers, data becomes a tool for improving health outcomes and the healthcare experience. But as we gather and use more data, we also create more risk. Whenever data is transmitted between systems, there’s a chance it could be stolen or corrupted. In the case of healthcare, this possibility can have grave consequences. The theft of someone’s Social Security number can be consequential,…

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Payer Data Requirements – The Health Care Blog – Health Article

Nikki Kent Dave Levin By DAVE LEVIN, MD and NIKKI KENT The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have proposed final rules on interoperability, data blocking, and other activities as part of implementing the 21st Century Cures Act. In this series, we will explore ideas behind the rules, why they are necessary and the expected impact. Given that these are complex and controversial topics are open to interpretation, we invite readers to…

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Heat Wave: The U.S. is Poised to Catch FHIR in 2019 – Health Article

Health Data, Interoperability Steven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S. and Wes Barker | October 1, 2018 Recent blog posts from the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology  highlight the importance of application programming interfaces (APIs) and how they fit into the 21st Century Cures Act’s (Cures Act) implementation. Today, new analysis shows that the United States (US) might be at a turning point when it comes to the adoption and implementation of the Health Level Seven (HL7®) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®)…

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HIPAA RFI Comments: Patient Privacy Rights – Health Article

By ADRIAN GROPPER and DEBORAH C. PEEL Adrian Gropper Deborah C. Peele Among other rich nations, US healthcare stands out as both exceptionally privatized and exceptionally expensive. And taken overall, we have the worst health outcomes among the Western Democracies. On one hand, regulators are reluctant to limit private corporate action lest we reduce innovation and patient choice and promote moral hazards. On the other hand, a privatized marketplace for services requires transparency of costs and quality and a minimum of…

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Blockchain pilots expected to show results in specific use cases – Health Article

Several pilot projects using blockchain technology in healthcare are expected to wrap up in 2019, expected to show demonstrable results in commonsense use cases. Those demonstration projects could prove the value of the technology to the healthcare industry is solving vexing information coordination problems, such as ascertaining the accuracy of data in provider directories and facilitating provider credentialing, says David Houlding, principal healthcare lead for Microsoft. Speaking at a blockchain symposium Monday at the annual conference of the Healthcare Information…

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