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As technology continues to weave its way into healthcare, more and more patients are using their smartphones and wearable devices to communicate with their doctors, according to a new study.

HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced it will make a concerted effort to investigate more data breaches affecting fewer than 500 people through its regional offices.

Aug. 21 marks the 20th anniversary of HIPAA being signed into law, but at least one health IT expert believes the act needs to be updated to better address modern challenges.

In what can be seen as a major milestone in the healthcare industry's march toward increased interoperability, OpenNotes has reached 10 million patients in the U.S., all of them able to view medial records online.

In what HHS’s Office of Civil Rights called its largest settlement ever against a single entity for HIPAA violations, Downers Grove, Illinois-based Advocate Health Care has agreed to pay $5.55 million for three data breaches which exposed the health records of more than four million people.


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Answer Health on Demand, Great Lakes Health Connect pattern to expand HIE for telemedicine

Answer Health on Demand and Great Lakes Health Connect have partnered together to develop a health information exchange platform for the sharing of health information and medical records while treating patient with telemedicine.

PCHAlliance, Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise partner to improve HIE

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) have announced a partnership to launch a number of joint initiatives in 2017, including improvements in interoperability, conformity testing and certification of products.

Cal INDEX, Inland Empire merge to form America's largest HIE

The California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange (IEHIE) announced plans to merge, forming the largest nonprofit health information exchange (HIE) in the U.S.

CHIME on MACRA: Industry may need two years of transition

In a Dec. 16 letter to CMS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) discussed the need for 2017 to be a transition year with the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). CHIME expressed hoped CMS would lengthen the timeline for the industry's MACRA transition into 2018.

Rush Health adopts new HIE system to improve patient care

Chicago-based Rush Health announced in a statement this week its adoption of the InterSystems HealthShare interoperability platform for collaborative care coordination. The new software will help Rush implement a private health information exchange (HIE).

Medidata’s new cloud system will simplify how providers, investigators collect data

New York-based Medidata, a cloud-based solutions provider, has launched a new program that will allow easy integration of healthcare data from electronic health records (EHRs), electronic medical records (EMRs) and clinical trial electronic source data into one single platform, the Medidata Clinical Cloud.

iSpecimen, Great Lakes Health Connect to form biospeciman HIE

iSpecimen, a database of human bio specimen, and Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), the leading health information exchange (HIE) in Michigan, have teamed to improve the data network of biospecimens available for research purposes.

Hackers crack into Baystate Health, access info for as many as 13,000

Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts, announced a security breach that may have exposed the records of as many as 13,000 patients to hackers.

Department of Defense approves HIE for Fort Drum, surrounding community

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, along with HealtheConnections and Fort Drum's Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC), has received approval from the Department of Defense (DOD) for an electronic health information exchange (HIE) partnership with Fort Drum and the surrounding community.

ONC introduces online guide on EHR selection and implementation

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has introduced its online "Playbook," an update from the Patient Engagement Playbook, as an assistive too to help doctors and hospitals in selection EHR’s as well as topics on implementation, design, security and patient engagement.