HIPAA for Web and Mobile Developers and Designers (and for everyone, The Data Map)

I spoke at the HxRefactored conference in Brooklyn this week. The title of my talk was Dancing with HIPAA and it was intended as an introduction to health care data privacy and security regulations, practical concerns and — most important — practical solutions to privacy and security issues whether subject to HIPAA or not. Many […]

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 […]

SGR Fix – Can This Really Be Happening?

The Sustainable Growth Rate mechanism creating a zero-sum game for Medicare Part B reimbursement rates (dropping rates as volume picks up) has long been unsustainable, and so Congress has been messing around with short-term SGR fix legislation for years now. Every six to twelve months we've been hearing about the impending 20% or 30% Medicare […]

Health IT Wisdom at the End of 2013 and Start of 2014

I am quoted in a couple of year-end / new year pieces on health IT, appearing this week in iHealthBeat and FierceHealthIT. With new developments over the past year in the realms of telehealth, mobile health and health data privacy and security, and opportunities for accountable care organizations, integration of connected health and implementation of […]