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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

Health IT groups want more time to prepare for MACRA

Electronic health record (EHR) vendors and the clinicians they serve need more than a few months to adapt to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, according to numerous comments submitted to CMS by health IT groups.

CDC failed to disclose lab mishaps to Congress

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Congress it left out 34 incident reports involving lab mistakes from information it provided to a congressional investigation in 2014, according to USA Today.

IT group wants interoperability standards for drug monitoring

As the House and Senate work in a conference committee on anti-opioid abuse legislation, a coalition called Health IT Now has asked lawmakers to lay out more specific standards on how different states’ prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) will be interoperable.

 

Study claims high drug prices lead to more long-term savings

A study released by Frank R. Lichtenberg of the Montreal Economic Institute said while the price of prescription drugs remains high, the implementation of medical innovation leads to more savings in the long run.

White House announces $200M in organ donation research investments

In an effort to reduce the waiting list for organ donation, the administration of President Barack Obama announced several new actions at a White House summit June 13

Senate blocks restrictions on medical research funding in defense budget

The Senate voted 66-32 in favor a budget amendment to nullify a proposal to place restrictions on the more than $1 billion in medical research funded annually through the defense budget.

AMIA asks for new approach on ONC interoperability standards

Measuring interoperability as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) calls for a “patient-centric” and flexible strategy, wrote the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).

FDA approves first implant to treat opioid dependence

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first buprenorphine implant, Probuphine, to treat addiction to both prescription and illegal opioids.

Data security framework released for Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

The final version of the policy principles governing data security efforts within President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) has been released.

 
Experts weigh in on elevating CISO within HHS to improve cybersecurity

Several data security experts testified before a congressional panel in favor of a House proposal to elevate HHS’s chief information security officer (CISO) to a separate office, while one expressed concerns about making the office a presidential appointment.

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