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6/14/2019

AHIMA expressed its support for lifting a ban on using federal funding to establish a national patient identifier, which got a boost late Wednesday after the House advanced an amendment to remove the ban. "Removal of this ban will empower HHS (the Department of Health and Human Services) to explore a full range of patient matching solutions and enable it to work with the private sector to identify solutions that protect patient privacy and are cost-effective, scalable, and secure," according to a statement released by AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris.

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AHIMA, Wylecia Wiggs Harris, HHS
6/14/2019

The Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization Program Office was created by the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments to act as the arbiter for future EHR decisions. "FEHRM leaders will have the authority to direct each department to execute joint decisions for technical, programmatic and functional functions under its purview and will provide oversight regarding required funding and policy as necessary," said Lauren Thompson, director of the VA and DOD's Interagency Program Office.

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Federal Times
6/14/2019

Ullico subsidiary Union Labor Life Insurance notified 87,400 patients about an email phishing attack that may have exposed their names, personal health information of plan members and their family members, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, among other information. Meanwhile, the information of 978 patients at Michigan's Mercy Health may have been compromised because of a server misconfiguration, and a webpage misconfiguration at one of Delta Health Systems' business associates may have exposed the information of an undisclosed number of California water utility company employees.

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Health IT Security
6/14/2019

To create this list of six HIM jobs of the future, the Journal consulted AHIMA subject matter experts about trends they are seeing in the field and compared this insight with HIM-related jobs currently available on job search sites.

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journal.ahima.org
6/14/2019

The AHIMA Foundation's Health Information Relief Operation (HIRO) Fund was established to assist communities of health information professionals whose personal or professional lives have been severely disrupted by a natural or man-made disaster. As we enter the season of severe summer weather, consider making a donation to support the fund. Learn more.

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Hiro, AHIMA Foundation
6/14/2019

Consumer demand is driving digitization of the health care sector in the form not only of wearable health technology but also hospital record-keeping systems, data for research and data-driven, personalized health care, according to the annual Internet Trends report from Mary Meeker and Bond Capital. Digital tools are enabling patients to become more engaged in their own care, more hospitals are offering telemedicine services, and researchers are gaining access to troves of digitized genetic and health information, the report says.

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Mary Meeker
6/14/2019

The University of Michigan's Genes for Good project has engaged more than 80,000 Facebook users and collected some 27,000 saliva samples for genetic testing, as well as surveys from a diverse cohort. The researchers have been able to replicate findings from other studies, such as genetic and phenotypical associations with types 1 and 2 diabetes, says Katharine Brieger, first author of the study, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics.

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Facebook, University of Michigan
6/14/2019

TransCelerate BioPharma subsidiary BioCelerate will work with the FDA's Office of Computational Science to develop methods and tools that improve efficiency in analyzing data generated from nonclinical studies. Researchers will "explore variabilities in the implementation of [the Standard for Exchange of Nonclinical Data] that prevent more robust analysis across studies originating from different sources," improving insight into toxicity profiles, off-target toxicity, vehicle effects, class trends and others, says TransCelerate CEO Dalvir Gill.

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FDA, TransCelerate Biopharma
6/14/2019

California lawmakers sent budget legislation to Gov. Gavin Newsom that would fine state residents for not carrying health insurance coverage. The legislation also would expand financial assistance to more people who want to subscribe to a health plan sold on the state's exchange but whose household incomes are above the current maximum for subsidies.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom
6/13/2019

The House on Wednesday amended a health care spending bill to remove a 23-year ban on using federal funding to create a national patient identifier.