Patient data

VA apps pose privacy risk to veterans’ healthcare data – Health Article

The increasing use of apps provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs is meant to improve access to patient health and benefits information in convenient digital platforms. However, members of Congress are worried that this electronic data is vulnerable. “When a veteran downloads an app from the VA’s app store, how much personal information does the VA receive?” asked Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.), chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, during a hearing on Wednesday. “What is…

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What should lie ahead for healthcare IT in the next decade – Health Article

As Health Data Management wraps up 27 years of reporting on the healthcare information technology industry today, it gives me a chance to pause and reflect, and to look hopefully toward the future for the industry. Much has been accomplished. I recall an early HIMSS conference at which an exhibit featured a one terabyte database of images of the globe. It was powered by rack upon rack of networked individual computers. It was a marvel. Now, 20-plus years later, you…

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Employee snooping causes breach at Chicago Children’s Hospital – Health Article

Patient records at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago were apparently compromised when an employee accessed records without a valid business reason. “On November 15, 2019, we discovered that between September 10, 2018, and September 22, 2019, an employee accessed records without a business reason,” the organization is telling affected patients in a breach notification letter. “We immediately terminated the employee’s access to all patient information and began a thorough investigation. We addressed this issue in accordance with…

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Groups contend ‘Cures Act 2.0’ must address HIT challenges – Health Article

As Congress looks to draft follow-up legislation to the 21st Century Cures Act, industry groups want to see lawmakers institute wide-ranging reforms to advance digital health and biomedical research. Responding to a public request from Reps. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) for stakeholder input, these associations contend that barriers remain to the widespread and effective use of health information technology—challenges that “Cures 2.0” must address. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in…

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Partners HealthCare unveils 5-year digital health initiative – Health Article

Boston-based Partners HealthCare is centralizing its efforts to improve the patient experience, streamline hospital operations and boost digital health innovation through research and development. The integrated healthcare system, which includes Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, announced on Thursday the launch of a five-year digital health initiative designed to build upon its investments in data, technology and analytics. “This investment comes on the heels of a $1.2 billion investment we had made in our Epic electronic health record,”…

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PCPs struggle to coordinate care, communicate with providers – Health Article

While U.S. primary care physicians are leveraging health IT, they are struggling to coordinate care and communicate with other providers, compared with PCPs in other countries. That’s among the findings of a survey of more than 13,200 PCPs in 11 high-income countries. Results of the Commonwealth Fund’s International Health Policy Survey were published on Tuesday in Health Affairs. “Compared to physicians in other countries, substantial proportions of U.S. physicians did not routinely receive timely notification or the information needed for…

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Lawmakers concerned VA’s Cerner EHR will not be ready for go-live – Health Article

The chair of the House subcommittee, charged with legislative oversight of the VA’s $10 billion Cerner electronic health record implementation, is concerned that the agency will not be ready for the EHR’s initial go-live slated for March. “We have reached a critical juncture in the implementation—we are now a little more than four months from the planned go-live in Spokane, Washington, on March 28, 2020,” said Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.), chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization,…

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AMA calls for fully inclusive EHRs for transgender patients – Health Article

The American Medical Association has adopted a policy supporting the voluntary inclusion of a transgender patient’s preferred name and clinically relevant sex-specific anatomy in electronic health records. At its interim meeting in San Diego this week, AMA’s House of Delegates called for creating EHR documentation that is fully inclusive of transgender patients. “Failure of electronic health records to promote inclusive medical documentation is a major barrier to providing quality care to transgender patients,” contends the AMA, the nation’s largest physician…

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Why recent affiliations raise questions about use of data and HIPAA’s role – Health Article

Privacy of health information is receiving a significant spotlight as a result of big technology companies moving into the healthcare industry. While Amazon and Microsoft seem to slip past many headlines, Google is not in the same boat. Various arrangements between Google and systems including the Mayo Clinic, the University of Chicago and Ascension Health draw concern and fears of Google just taking multitudes of personal information about thousands or millions of individuals. Is the use and obtaining of data…

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