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The Joint Commission has announced it will not move forward in implementing any of its proposed changes to accreditation standards.

Don Rucker, MD, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) said his agency has been focused on improving usability and interoperability of electronic health records, adding that while blockchain technology may provide some interesting capabilities but it’s too soon to issue regulations on it.

A study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth includes a list of five recommendations for improving mHealth utilization for adolescents with chronic conditions. The researched aimed at improving disease self-management in adolescents by utilizing mHealth technology for real-time care.

While clinicians may be confused or frustrated with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), professionals in health information management should see it as “nothing but positive” and embrace it, according to Bonnie Cassidy, MPA, principal of advisory services at nThrive and former president and chair of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Embracing artificial intelligence (AI) technology is “a necessity” for the health IT industry, according to Harold “Hal” Wolf III, the next president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

 

Recent Headlines

Pathway Health to get a tech upgrade through Virtual Health partnership

Pathway Health, a post-acute consulting firm, and Virtual Health, a population health management technology provider, have entered into a partnership that will provide Pathway with strategic consulting services to improve technology and payment models.

FDA guidance addresses when device makers need to report changes

Draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration is seeking to clarify when medical device manufacturers need the agency’s approval to make changes to their products, potentially replacing guidance that had remained unchanged since 1997.

Q&A with AMDIS Award winner Peter Basch

Recently, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) held their annual awards to recognize leaders in healthcare IT. Among those recipients was Peter Basch, MD, MACP, Senior Director for IT Quality and Safety, Research and National Health IT Policy at MedStar Health.

Study: Only 15% of device companies ready for Sept. 24 UDI compliance deadline

A September 24 deadline set by the Food and Drug Administration is looming for Class II medical devices, such as condoms or wheelchairs, to be outfitted with unique device identifier (UDI) barcodes, but in a survey of device makers, only a few said their companies were currently compliant with the standard.

10 rural hospitals to test new Medicare payments for telehealth, skilled nursing

CMS has announced the ten rural hospitals participating in Frontier Community Health Integration Project (FCHIP) demonstration to test new delivery models in sparsely-populated areas, with the goal of treating more rural Medicare beneficiaries closer to home rather than having them travel long distances for care.

FDA taking hands-off policy towards ‘low-risk’ health apps, devices

Fitness trackers and mobile apps that focus on “general wellness” won’t be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to new guidance released by the agency, while warning that more invasive technologies still fall under its purview.

Stolen laptop costs the University of Mississippi Medical Center $2.75 million

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reached a settlement of $2.75 million with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson concerning the matter of a missing laptop.

New FDA draft guidance seeks to clarify UDI forms

A new draft guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeks to clarify how Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs) are included on medical devices.

HHS report leaves it to Congress to fill privacy gaps on health data

A report on privacy and security concerns surrounding new technology that collects health data, such as wearable fitness trackers, admitted regulations like HIPAA haven’t kept pace with new developments.

FBI gives suggestions on how to prevent healthcare hackers

In recent news, healthcare hackers such as “TheDarkOverlord” have been stealing private patient records and parading their spoils around the internet. He claims to be selling these private documents on the black market is ransom is not paid by the healthcare providers he initially stole the information from. This activity has caught the interest of the FBI, reports Information Management. 

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