The Iceberg Waiting for Your Health Care Data

The Heartbleed web security exploit was first publicized several weeks ago. In the time since then, numerous web-based services have let their users know (some more clearly than others) whether and how their data security was compromised by this OpenSSL flaw that has been open for about two years. This is one flaw, one exploit, […]

Hospital Readmission Data for All Payors

Efforts to reduce hospital readmissions have been focused on a handful of diagnoses and on government payors (primarily Medicare). In order to get a handle on the roughly 15% of the U.S. health care spend that goes to readmissions, it is vital to have a better understanding of what these readmissions are for, who is […]

HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance: Should You Care?

The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators – at the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services – will begin a new round of HIPAA compliance […]

FDASIA Health IT Report Issued; Comments Welcomed on Three-Agency Approach

The FDA, the FCC and ONC issued a long-awaited joint report with a proposed strategy and recommendations for a risk-based framework for regulation of Health IT. The report identifies four key priority areas and outlines next steps to take in each area:   I. Promote the Use of Quality ManagementPrinciples;II. Identify, Develop, and Adopt Standards […]