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Major Health Care Players Unite to Accelerate Transformation of US Health Care System

A large group of private health care systems and payers have formed a coalition with a goal of migrating 75 percent of their business to value-based arrangements by 2020. Called “The Health Care Transformation Task Force,” the new organization is comprised of 16 health systems, including: Ascension Health, Dignity Health, and Partners Healthcare.

Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World

The FTC is taking flack over recommendations made in a new data security report that addresses the coming “Internet of Things.” The report calls for updates to HIPAA that would expand its consumer protection standards to apply to any consumer-facing products that capture patient health data. The report also champions the notion of data minimization, the idea that businesses should redesign their processes with the goal of capturing and retaining less data, an idea with few fans in healthcare.

Data Analytics Update: Health IT Standards Committee Meeting

During yesterday’s HIT Standards Committee meeting, ONC reported that only 15 percent of eligible professionals scheduled to attest for Stage 2 MU have done so. Further, nearly half counted among the 15 percent that have successfully attested did so by securing a hardship exemption.

Committee releases to-do list to help medical industry

A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced a 400-page draft proposal titled  “21st Century Cures” which would cut red tape from FDA approval processes, increase access to telemedicine, and invest in research to improve the security of medical devices.

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  1. HIT Data looks terrible for EPs…
    Hospital MU2 is much easier to achieve and they have wasted probably millions individually to achieve this goal.
    Unless you feel that Epic and Cerner deserve their billion dollar campuses.

    So half of the 15% of the required Stage 2 EPs attested to MU2.That is 7.5%. So exactly when will ONC stop the puffery language and excuse making for their failings about MU2? Because even if that doubles up to 15% it still leaves 85% of EPs out of the program. Is there any sense of panic yet?

  2. Re: The Health Care Transformation Task Force. I’ve long maintained that the US has a health care industry, not a health care system, with the motivations of a competitive business environment. The heavy amount of regulatory involvement makes it a different industry than others of course. Transforming it will need to keep this distinction in mind.







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