Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – December 2018

Top10-200One of the ways that HITECH 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 eleven guest posts a week now, on our three sites. In case you missed some, here are the top ten read and shared guest posts  in the month of December. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in December

From Harlow on Healthcare, host David Harlow (@healthblawg) talks with Omri Shor, CEO of Medisafe who started the company after a family member’s diabetic double dosing on insulin. Omri and David talk about managing medications through personalized reminders and value-based contracting.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in December

Why Integrated Risk Management is Becoming the Preferred Approach to Data Security
By Grant Elliott, President and CEO, Ostendio
Twitter: @ostendio

There’s an inherent risk to doing business, particularly business that touches personal data. For years now, the business community – from healthcare to retail – has focused on the threat prevention aspect of data security. We train employees on compliance, how to recognize PHI and personally identifiable information (PII), and to protect data privacy. All good things. The exhausting part of the process is knowing that data is always going to be at risk. That’s why Integrated Risk Management (IRM) offers a more reasonable, strategic approach. Continue reading on…

Healthcare Privacy and Security—Predictions for 2019
By Rita Bowen, VP, Privacy, Compliance and HIM Policy for MRO
Twitter: @MROCorp

We are highlighting privacy and security trends and predictions to help Health Information Management (HIM) and other healthcare leaders navigate compliance in the coming year. Attorney misinterpretation of patient-directed requests (PDRs) was front and center in 2018 and will continue to require clarification and guidance in 2019. When the validity of a PDR is questionable, the patient should be contacted to clarify and confirm consent. Here are additional strategies for handling attorney requests submitted under the guise of a PDR: Continue reading on…

2019 Predictions: From Big Data to Small Data, Patient data as Research Data, and More
By John Danaher, MD, President, & Olaf Lodbrok, SVP and GM, Precision Medicine, Elsevier Clinical Solutions
Twitter: @ElsevierCS
Twitter: @DrJohnDanaher

As 2018 witnessed unexpected mergers and partnerships, robust digital health innovations and continued policy shifts in the healthcare sector, we think 2019 will bring about significant changes in health IT infrastructure with patient data at the center of it all. Continue reading on…

Picking Up the Pace: More HIPAA Settlements
By Matt Fisher, Attorney and chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher

After a slow start to the year in terms of HIPAA settlement, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is trying to finish the year with a bang. Since September 20, 2018, OCR has announced four different HIPAA settlements. The nature of the conduct underlying each settlement has varied widely. As such, it remains difficult to determine what facts or circumstances will most interest OCR in pursuing an issue for the imposition of a penalty. Continue reading on…

Looking to 2019: Our Experts Weigh In
By Bruce Haupt, President & CEO, ClearBalance, Karthik Rao, Product & Brand Manager, Practice Pro, & Alvonice Spencer, Sr. Director of Innovation, BioIQ
Twitter: @ClearBalance
Twitter: @ptpracticepro
Twitter: @BioIQ

Taken from our Day 11, we asked our RCM experts to weigh in: On Day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas Posts we ask some industry experts what they say is in the pipeline for health IT in 2019. Will you be following any of these pipers? Continue reading on…

Day 7: “Seven Swans a Swimming” Signals New Era of Health Data Exchange in 2019
By Buff Colchagoff, CEO, RosettaHealth
Twitter: @rosettahealth
Twitter: @BuffColchagoff

The line “seven swans a swimming” from the classic Twelve Days of Christmas has been on my mind lately. I see swans gliding past my house on the Chesapeake Bay during the day, and hear them always “cooing” at night, as I drift off to sleep. What does this have to do with Health IT? Well, swans symbolize grace and beauty – and over the past year there have been many swan-ly signs in the area of health data exchange: Continue reading on…

Phishing Scams: A Growing Threat for Small Businesses
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

In a recent warning, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cautioned consumers and small businesses about the continuing and growing threat of phishing scams. In the statement, the FTC has expressed that while cybercriminals continue to send out mass emails asking bluntly for personal information, they have become more sophisticated in their attempts. Small businesses are now being targeted by emails that their employees could expect to routinely find in their inbox. Continue reading on…

Next Up is the HIPAA Burden
By William A. Hyman
Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M University,

In the continued theme of easing burdens previously created, HHS now wants to know, via a Request for Information, how HIPAA rules “may impede the transformation to value-based health care” or “limit or discourage coordinated care among individuals and covered entities without meaningfully contributing to the protection of the privacy or security of individuals’ protected health information (PHI)”. Continue reading on…

Proposed Provisions for a Draft Data Mgmt & Sharing Policy for NIH Funded or Supported Research
By William Hersh, MD, Professor and Chair, OHSU
Twitter: @williamhersh

Earlier this year, I submitted a response (and posted it in this blog) to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Request for Information (RFI) on a draft of their Strategic Plan for Data Science. My main concern was that while there was nothing in the report I did not agree with, I believed there needed to be more attention to the science of data science. Continue reading on…

Home Health, SNFs May Benefit from CMS 2019 Rule Changes
By Jill Reeves, MHA, Marketing Manager, Ensocare
Twitter: @EnsocareCircle

The 2019 Fiscal Year is well underway, and 2019 proper will be here in a hot minute. That makes this as good a time as any to preview some of the changes that have recently been or are about to be rolled out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The new CMS rules affect Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Home Health Providers. Continue reading on…

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