Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – April 2021

One of the ways that HealthIT Answers is different from other media sites is the sense of community. The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. We publish at least eight guest posts a week now, so in case you missed some, here are the top ten read and shared guest posts in the month of April. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in April

From The Incrementalist, host Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick welcomes Lisa Bari, CEO of SHIEC, to discuss how COVID19 has amplified the need for HIE’s. How states with good HIE’s were able to stand up resources for the pandemic faster. And how HIEs are helping improve distribution of health resources to match needs and fight inequity.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in April

Post Pandemic: How Will the Healthcare Economy Respond?
By Josh Rubel, Chief Commercial Officer, MDClone
Twitter: @MDClone_

Even as it appears the combination of distancing, treatment and vaccines is helping to return society at large to a more normal footing, questions associated with quality, cost and access to care continue to vex the entire healthcare ecosystem. With a significantly stressed and strained provider landscape, how will the healthcare economy respond? Continue reading…

A New Day for Interoperability – The Information Blocking Regulations Start Now
By Micky Tripathi and Steven Posnack, ONC
Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT
Steven’s Twitter: @HealthIT_Policy
Micky’s Twitter: @mickytripathi1

Enacted by Congress over four years ago through Section 4004 of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) and implemented through a final rule released over one year ago, the time has come for the benefits of the Cures Act’s information blocking provision to swing into full gear. Starting April 5th, 2021, the following participants in health care will need to follow the law: Continue reading…

Feds Officially Acknowledge Two NCPDP Standards and Why This is a Big Deal
By Pooja Babbrah, Practice Lead, PBM Services and Jocelyn Keegan, Payer/Practice Lead, Point-of-Care Partners
Twitter: @pocpHIT

Through recent statute and regulations, the Congress and federal government have finally given recognition to two standards from the National Council on Prescription Drug Standards for use by the industry. One for electronic prior authorization was specifically named in a regulation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for use in Medicare Part D. Continue reading…

Shifting Care to Home or Remote
By Matt Fisher, General Counsel, Carium
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher
Twitter: @cariumcares

When access to in-person healthcare service shutdown almost completely in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of remote patient monitoring, or maybe more accurately remote patient engagement, was thrust to the fore. The positive effects from remote engagement have started to gain momentum as well with more evidence as to the actual health benefits. Continue reading…

Navigating the Line Between Data Access and HIPAA
By Devin Partida, Editor-in-Chief,
Twitter: @rehackmagazine

The rise of internet-based health apps has made it easier than ever for patients to use their smartphones to share medical data with providers, receive test results digitally, and more. However, some concerned parties point out that the increased data access may not always align with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Continue reading…

Planning Your Practice’s Communications for 2021
By Scott Zeitzer, President, P3 Practice Marketing
Twitter: @p3practicemktg

The past year has certainly been unpredictable. Many practices who had marketing plans had to drastically change or cut a lot of planned efforts due to COVID-19, either due to lack of budget or lack of time. While we still haven’t returned to “normal” yet, you can certainly take cues from last year to plan your practice’s marketing for this year. Continue reading…

Standardizing Care Across the Board
By Dr. Lawrence Kosinski, Founder and Chief Medical Officer, SonarMD
Twitter @SonarMD
Twitter: @lrkosinski

On the latest episode of The Scope with Dr. K, Dr. Lawrence Kosinski and his guest, Dr. Roy Beveridge, discuss the pressing need for standardization of care, and how to enact more efficient management of chronic illnesses. Continue reading…

Ensuring Patient Engagement Technology Is Effective
By Daniel V Samarov, PhD, Vice President Data Science and Analytics, Twistle
Twitter: @TwistleApp

In order to engage patients in their care in a meaningful and sustained way, patients must see the value in patient engagement systems. A static repository of information like a patient portal may offer short term benefits like retrieving test results or sending a secure message to a care team, but it doesn’t nurture ongoing engagement. Continue reading…

Accelerating Medical Device Innovation with Regulatory Science Tools
By Jeff Shuren, M.D., J.D., Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health and Ed Margerrison, Ph.D., Director, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, CDRH, FDA
Twitter: @US_FDA

Progress in science and technology offers extraordinary opportunities to develop innovative medical products that can save lives and lead to better treatments, better diagnostics and better care for patients. The FDA is committed to advancing the public health by helping to bring innovative technologies to market and assuring that medical devices already on the market continue to be safe and effective. Continue reading…

What You Need to Know About Proposed Modifications to HIPAA’s Privacy Rule
By Rita Bowen, VP, Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy, MRO
Twitter: @MROCorp

Recently, I had the pleasure of presenting HIPAA Gets a Facelift: Are There Still Wrinkles with my colleague Angela Rose. During this webinar, we outlined the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on January 21 and is now open for comment until May 6, 2021. Continue reading…