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GAO slams HHS in health IT cybersecurity report

The GAO releases a “scathing” report on cybersecurity preparedness in health information technology, recommending that HHS “update its guidance for protecting electronic health information to address key security elements, improve technical assistance it provides to covered entities, follow up on corrective actions, and establish metrics for gauging the effectiveness of its audit program.”

Medical Record Mix-Ups a Common Problem, Study Finds

The Wall Street Journal reports on an ECRI Institute study on wrong-patient medical errors, of which 7,613 cases were identified between January 2013 and July 2015. The report calls for an increased use of barcode scanners and patient pictures embedded within the EHR, but stops short of calling for a national patient identifier.

A New Tool to Help Health Care Providers Get the Most Out of their Health IT

ONC releases its Health IT Playbook, a web-based manual that updates the Patient Engagement Playbook for Providers, offering guidance on a wide variety of health IT products and topics.

ACO Spillover Effects: An Opportunity Not to Be Missed

A NEJM study investigates what impact ACOs might be having on non-ACO patients being treated by the network.

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  1. We are going from bad to worse.

    HHS is focused on mu and macra, while the data is being compromised. HHS has failed to adhere to precepts of medical evidence, cause there is not much to support the widespread use of the equipment that is the focus of the GAO.

    And then, you got the misidentification epidemic amplified by the HIT as reported in WSJ, which I have seen innumerable times to patient detriment.

    Concomitantly, you got the HHS section ONC issuing a “playbook”. Are you kidding me? Does anyone actually think that Providers (why do YOU capitalize “Providers”?) have the time to read a playbook when they are wasting hours clicking CPOE, and silo searching for data on their patients?

    What a farce.

    Come on Man!







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