Congress Passes 21st Century Cures Act, Impacting Health Record Privacy, Documentation, and Exchange
The US Senate voted on Wednesday to pass the “21st Century Cures Act” by a vote of 94 to 5. The act, which is largely devoted to regulations surrounding medical device and prescription drug approval, has numerous implications for health information management (HIM) and health IT professionals.
Despite the minimal impact of this particular attack, in which cybercriminals flood an organization’s servers with data—including data from Internet of Things-connected devices—healthcare security experts warned that many health IT systems are vulnerable to future threats.
A final rule released last week by ONC, concerning federal oversight of EHRs, is being met with a mixed reaction by payer, provider, and vendor groups.
Reductions in Medicare reimbursement will go into effect October 1, 2016 for eligible hospitals that have not yet attested in the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program.
The arrival of the Zika virus in the United States has caught local health departments and providers flat footed in terms of surveillance and detection thanks to outdated health IT systems.