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  • Feds push forward with controversial health rule

    10/07/2015 8:42:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 6, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration is moving ahead with controversial new rules that require doctors to switch to electronic health records or face fees, resisting calls from both parties to delay implementation. Federal health officials said the final rules released Tuesday will make “significant changes" in the "meaningful use" electronic health records program, such as lowering the number of standards each provider must meet and allowing providers to apply for hardship exemptions. But the administration will not delay what it calls "Stage 3" of the records program, a move that is already angering vocal Republicans like Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who have...
  • Doctors Beware: the Electronic Health Records Debacle May Get Much Worse

    05/12/2015 8:00:54 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies ^ | 5/12/2015 | John R. Graham
    More and more people are having the disturbing experience of seeing their doctors spend more time pecking at a computer keyboard than examining them. The doctors are entering data into their patients’ electronic health records (EHRs) in compliance with federal rules introduced a few years ago. EHRs drive doctors crazy. Their own experience tells them that electronic recordkeeping interferes with care, by taking time away from patients. In a survey conducted by the Deloitte consulting group, three of four doctors said EHRs are not worth the cost. The influential RAND Corporation, which had long endorsed EHRs, reported in 2013 that...
  • Electronic Health Records Becoming More Widespread, HHS Says

    08/14/2014 12:19:30 PM PDT · by briankoe · 9 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/14/14 | Brian Koenig
    According to two new studies published Wednesday by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. physicians and hospitals are rapidly increasing the use of electronic health records (EHRs). The two studies found that in 2013: •Nearly 78 percent of office-based physicians acknowledged they had implemented some form of EHR system. •About half of all physicians had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly double the rate of four years before. •About 59 percent of hospitals had an EHR system with advanced functionalities, nearly quadruple the rate of two years before. The HHS claims that...
  • Obamacare will share personal health info with federal, state agencies

    06/17/2013 7:17:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JUNE 17, 2013 | PAUL BEDARD
    A new rule issued late Friday requires state, federal and local agencies as well as health insurers to swap the protected personal health information of anybody seeking to join the new health care program that will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service. Personal health information, or PHI, is highly protected under federal law, but the latest ruling from the Department of Health and Human Services allows agencies to trade the information to verify that Obamacare applicants are getting the minimum amount of health insurance coverage they need from the health "exchanges." The ruling, explained on pages 72-73 of the...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things []

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • Is Obama already collecting your private health records?

    10/16/2011 8:01:30 AM PDT · by matthewreporter · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 14, 2011 | Matthew Boyle
    The Obama administration adamantly denies it, but rumors are circulating in Washington that his Department of Health and Human Services is already collecting Americans’ private health information, or at least preparing itself to do so. Rep. Denny Rehberg, the chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services and Education formalized the rumors by asking about them in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday. “Specifically, I have been told that HHS has already procured a contractor to build a database and that this contractor has already taken steps to acquire personal health care data...
  • Obamacare HHS rule would give government everybody’s health records

    09/23/2011 4:55:09 PM PDT · by Scythian · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/23/2011 | Tim Huelskamp
    In a proposed rule from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the federal government is demanding insurance companies submit detailed health care information about their patients. See Proposed Rule: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Standards Related to Reinsurance, Risk Corridors and Risk Adjustment, Volume 76, page 41930. Proposed rule docket ID is HHS-OS-2011-0022
  • Consumers Slow To Adopt Electronic Personal Health Records

    04/11/2011 6:15:26 PM PDT · by raybbr · 7 replies
    InformationWeek ^ | April 08, 2011 | Nicole Lewis
    Consumers have been slow to adopt personal health records (PHR), a Web-based tool designed to encourage consumers to engage in their healthcare by tracking and aggregating their health information online, according to a study from IDC Health Insights. The findings come at a time when other technologies such as electronic health records, mobile health devices, e-prescriptions, and other technologies are seeing accelerated rates of adoption as healthcare delivery organizations implement systems to manage patient data. The report – "Vendor Assessment: When Will PHR Platforms Gain Consumer Acceptance?" -- was based on an online survey of 1,200 consumers between February 18...
  • Computer with patient data stolen from Jefferson [Hospital, Philly]

    07/29/2010 11:03:11 PM PDT · by Gondring · 5 replies · 2+ views ^ | Thu, Jul. 29, 2010 | Josh Goldstein , INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
    A laptop computer with health and personal information on 21,000 patients was stolen from an office at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in June. The patients whose unencrypted records were on the password-protected laptop were notified last Friday of the theft in a letter from hospital president Thomas J. Lewis, who offered identity-theft monitoring and protection. [...] The breach at Jefferson is part of a national problem, experts say. A federal database has documented 121 such lapses nationwide since September 2009, showing that medical or financial information had been exposed for more than five million people. [...] Perhaps as...
  • Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus-Mandated Health Records, Says HHS

    07/15/2010 4:14:42 PM PDT · by pissant · 176 replies
    CNS ^ | 7.15.10 | Matt Cover
    New federal regulations issued this week stipulate that the electronic health records--that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law that President Barack Obama signed last year--must record not only the traditional measures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure of obesity. The obesity-rating regulation states that every American's electronic health record must: “Calculate body mass index. Automatically calculate and display body mass index (BMI) based on a patient’s height and weight.” The law also requires that these electronic health records be available--with appropriate security measures--on a national...
  • Obama Announces Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record

    04/09/2009 4:02:09 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 1,198+ views
    AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | April 9, 2009 | by Donna Miles
    Note: The following text is a quote: Obama Announces Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 9, 2009 – President Barack Obama announced plans today to create a joint virtual lifetime electronic record that will improve care and services to transitioning veterans by smoothing the flow of medical records between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. The concept, long advocated by officials in both departments, is considered a major step toward improving the delivery of care and services to servicemembers transitioning from military to civilian life. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and...
  • People Can Opt Out of Listing STDs, Abortions in Gov't-Mandated Electronic Health Records

    09/28/2009 12:27:55 PM PDT · by xtinct · 41 replies · 939+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 9/28/09 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D.-R.I.) says people will be able to stop doctors from including records of sexually transmitted diseases and abortions in the new national system of Electronic Health Records that was mandated by the stimulus law enacted in February. The law says that doctors, hospitals and other health care providers must create an Electronic Health Record (EHR) for every American by 2014 or else face deductions in their Medicare payments. The EHRs are supposed to be integrated into a national health care IT system where health-care providers nationwide as well as the government would have the ability to access...
  • People Can Opt Out of Listing STDs, Abortions in Gov't-Mandated Electronic Health Records

    09/28/2009 2:48:45 AM PDT · by OneHun · 24 replies · 1,006+ views ^ | September 28, 2009 | Nicholas Ballasy
    People Can Opt Out of Listing STDs, Abortions in Gov't-Mandated Electronic Health Records, Patrick Kennedy Says Monday, September 28, 2009 By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter   ( - Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D.-R.I.) says people will be able to stop doctors from including records of sexually transmitted diseases and abortions in the new national system of Electronic Health Records that was mandated by the stimulus law enacted in February.   The law says that doctors, hospitals and other health care providers must create and Electronic Health Record (EHR) for every American by 2014 or else face deductions in their Medicare payments. The EHRs are supposed...
  • U.S. to Dole Out $1.2 Billion for Health Records Technology

    08/21/2009 6:48:26 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 25 replies · 699+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 21, 2009 | Robert O'Harrow Jr.
    The Obama administration unveiled $1.2 billion in federal grants for electronic health records systems on Thursday, the first wave of funding under a health-care reform plan to create vast records-sharing networks aimed at cutting costs and improving care in the coming decade. The administration has described such computer systems as a crucial step in overhauling the nation's expensive health-care system. It allocated more than $36 billion in the landmark stimulus legislation to spur adoption of the equipment by doctors and hospitals along with the development of the networks that will link them all together... ...about half the grant money would...
  • Wal-Mart Plans to Market Digital Health Records System

    06/29/2009 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 250+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 10, 2009 | Steve Lohr
    Wal-Mart Stores is striding into the market for electronic health records, seeking to bring the technology into the mainstream for physicians in small offices, where most of America’s doctors practice medicine. Wal-Mart’s move comes as the Obama administration is trying to jump-start the adoption of digital medical records with $19 billion of incentives in the economic stimulus package. The company plans to team its Sam’s Club division with Dell for computers and eClinicalWorks, a fast-growing private company, for software. Wal-Mart says its package deal of hardware, software, installation, maintenance and training will make the technology more accessible and affordable, undercutting...
  • Foreign hackers seek to steal Americans' health records

    02/20/2008 5:56:36 PM PST · by BGHater · 19 replies · 132+ views
    Federal Computer Week ^ | 17 Feb 2008 | Nancy Ferris
    Foreign hackers, primarily from Russia and China, are increasingly seeking to steal Americans’ health care records, according to a Department of Homeland Security analyst. Mark Walker, who works in DHS’ Critical Infrastructure Protection Division, told a workshop audience at the National Institute of Standards and Technology that the hackers’ primary motive seems to be espionage. “They’ve been focused on the [Department of Defense] – the military – but now are spreading out into the health care private sector,” Walker said. Early in 2007, a virus was placed on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, he said, and...
  • HHS lays out a plan to have e-health records on the table by next June

    11/07/2005 7:26:31 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 12 replies · 380+ views
    Government Computer News ^ | Nov. 7, 2005 | Mary Mosquera
    By next June, electronic health record systems will be available that are certified as capable of exchanging data with other providers when standards are decided. They will also meet criteria for basic clinical doctors’ offices functions, said Mark Leavitt, director of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology of Chicago, the nonprofit organization in charge of establishing the certification process. The initial cases for health IT applications are for chronic care management, disease or bioterror surveillance and a personal health record, said John Halamka, chairman of the Health IT Standards Panel and Harvard Medical School CIO. His panel also will...
  • Government Wants to Bring Health Records Into Computer Age

    07/21/2004 10:10:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 492+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 21, 2004 | STEVE LOHR
    The Bush administration plans to announce today a long-term plan for modernizing the nation's health care system with information technology, bringing patient records and prescriptions out of the realm of ink and paper and into the computer age. The administration's strategy, presented in a report to be published today, regards the government's role as one of mainly setting goals and working with the private sector to establish product and technology standards so the computer systems of doctors, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacists and insurers can efficiently communicate and share information. The government, according to the report, will also use its formidable buying...
  • Sen. Clinton Proposes Health Care System

    01/13/2004 8:10:51 AM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 175+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Jan 12, 2004 | SARA KUGLER
    NEW YORK (AP) Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to focus this year on improving health care, beginning with a proposal designed to modernize the sharing of medical information nationwide. The senator, who as first lady presided over a failed effort at health care overhaul, told a gathering of about 100 New York City health care leaders at a Manhattan hospital on Monday that the current system "often seems fragmented, redundant, inefficient and bureaucratic." "Americans need a new, modern, 21st-century version of health care delivery, based on the premise of information in the hands of the right people at the right...