New York has issued stringent regulations for data security in health care that in many cases exceed the requirements under HIPAA. The rules are based on corporate accountability, requiring a chief information security officer and substantial reporting requirements.
A revised version of the ONC's Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience, or SAFER, includes instructions for reporting abnormal test results and planning for electronic systems interruptions. The National Quality Forum, American Medical Informatics Association and health care providers were among the stakeholders who provided feedback for the update.
Health care companies increasingly recognize that they must leverage data from EHRs to improve the efficiency of clinical care and financial and supply processes, according to a Premier survey of 63 health care executives. More than half said they intended to focus on data integration or place more emphasis on analytics.
The increasing use of patient portals and health IT can benefit patients by identifying those at risk, monitoring vital signs, encouraging communication with providers, teaching patients methods to manage their own health and supplying links to health resources, according to one expert.
Epic and Nuance Communications partnered to create a solution that uses artificial intelligence to aid physicians in electronic note taking. The notereader employs AI capabilities from Nuance, a voice-and-language software company, to analyze notes and inform the user of missing or unclear information.
Anthem's Innovation Studio is developing digital tools designed to improve customer satisfaction and reduce health care costs. Tools include mobile bill payment, smartphone apps for appointment and medication alerts, and personalized welcome emails containing video links for new enrollees.
Genentech is funding a 12-month pilot study of home-based telemedicine for patients with multiple sclerosis to determine if telemedicine is as effective as office visits. The study will evaluate such variables as pain levels, fatigue, bowel and bladder control, mental health and quality of life in telemedicine and standard-care groups.
Dozens of health care groups urged CMS to lessen administrative burdens imposed on physician by meaningful use, the Physician Quality Reporting System, Value-Based Payment modifier and EHRs. In a letter to CMS head Seema Verma, they recommended adding a category solely for administrative burdens, removing penalties for arbitrary requirements in meaningful use and adding hardship exemptions for the VBPM and PQRS.
The ONC co-hosted an event inviting coders to compete for prizes developing blockchain products for potential use in health record systems. An ONC spokesperson says the department is monitoring the marketplace for signs blockchain technology is ready for adoption.
Women who underwent breast reconstruction surgery had 0.4 times fewer in-person physician visits when they used a mobile app for follow-up care after the procedure, compared with those who had an in-person follow-up visit, according to a study in JAMA Surgery. Patients using the mobile app were more likely to agree that using the app for follow-up care was convenient, and they communicated more with their doctor through email than the in-person group.
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