Electronic Health Records


Amazon’s Alexa Now HIPAA-Compliant
April 18, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Home Health | Hospitals | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers | Telehealth
Amazon announced in a blog post on April 4 that its Alexa voice assistant’s operating environment now complies with HIPAA. Companies that build functions, or skills, for Alexa will now be able to create skills that involve the transmission of users’ protected health information. The initial group of six participants in an invitation-only program includes …
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Imaging Equipment Vulnerable to Cyberattacks
April 4, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | Hospitals | Telehealth
Researchers at the Ben-Gurion University Cyber Security Research Center in Israel have created malware that could exploit vulnerabilities in MRI and CT scanning equipment to alter patients’ images. The Washington Post discussed the research project in an April 3 article. In theory, by adding fabricated cancerous nodules to a MRI or CT scan, an attacker …
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CMS Accepting Applications for AI Contest
March 28, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais | Electronic Health Records | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
On March 27, the Innovation Center at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an artificial intelligence contest. The CMS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Outcomes Challenge, in collaboration with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, is looking for innovative technology and strategies to predict health outcomes, …
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Medtronic Warns of Defibrillator Hacking Vulnerability
March 27, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | FDA | Legislation and Public Policy | Medical Devices and Wearables | Telehealth
Medtronic PLC self-disclosed last week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that an unspecified problem in the wireless technology of 19 models of the company’s defibrillators makes them vulnerable to being hacked. The company said it is not aware of any cyberattacks, privacy breaches, or patient harm related to the 750,000 vulnerable devices. …
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Study to Use Apple Watch Data
March 21, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Medical Devices and Wearables
A new three-year study at the University of Michigan’s medical center will examine whether data collected on Apple Watch, along with other health information, can be useful in analyzing patients’ health. The MIPACT (Michigan Predictive Activity and Clinical Trajectories) Study has already begun with 1,000 participants, and thousands more patients are expected to enroll over the …
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EHR Exposé Shakes Up Industry
March 19, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid
A three-month joint investigation of electronic health records (EHR) systems has culminated in a release of a March 18 article in Kaiser Health News (KHN) and Fortune Magazine, “Death By 1,000 Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong.” The lengthy, meticulously sourced article calls EHR systems “an unholy mess.” KHN and Fortune have made the …
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Fitbit, Solera Health Expand Diabetes Efforts
March 12, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | Medical Devices and Wearables | Private Insurers
Fitbit and Solera Health announced on March 6 that they have expanded their partnership that seeks to reduce the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Solera, an integrated benefit network, will make Fitbit devices available to all Solera patients who participate in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). In a study, Solera found that its patients …
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OCR May Alter HIPAA Rules to Ease Compliance, Care Coordination
February 28, 2019 | Rivkin Rounds Staff | Cybersecurity | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Legislation and Public Policy
An article in the March issue of Healthcare Risk Management discussed a Request for Information (RFI) released in December by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The RFI, which seeks public input on how the HIPAA rules may be modified to promote coordinated, value-based healthcare, was previously discussed …
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CMS Proposed Rule Focuses on Patient Access to Health Info
February 21, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
Yesterday’s Rivkin Rounds post discussed the Proposed Rule on information blocking recently released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) simultaneously released its own 251-page Proposed Rule, addressing some of the same concerns but focused on interoperability and patients’ access to their …
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ONC’s Proposed Info-Blocking Rule Includes Broad Exceptions
February 20, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Electronic Health Records | HIPAA | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services both recently released proposed rules regulating so-called information blocking, the practice of interfering with the exchange of electronic health information (EHI). Information blocking, a violation of HIPAA, occurs most commonly when a healthcare provider terminates its …
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