Feds Launch Health IT Blog
Health and Human Services' Health IT Buzz blog covers security, regulatory, standards, and other issues.
Can IT Help New Cancer Screening Guidelines?
New recommendations from a federal task force last week about breast cancer screenings have infuriated many cancer survivors as well as medical professional organizations, including the American Cancer Society. The guidelines were based on data analysis of the risks and benefits of mammograms for women under age 50.
Reporting Health IT Security Compliance Gets Easier
The Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) has unveiled a new program that helps streamline how healthcare organizations report to their business associates their status of compliance to security regulations such as HIPAA and others.
Blumenthal: Tear Down E-Health Barriers
The U.S.'s top e-health official urged healthcare organizations to tear down the barriers to effective exchange of e-health records in a message to healthcare providers.
Healthcare IT Career Tips
IT pros without clinical experience shouldn't rule out possible transitions into emerging healthcare IT jobs.
Are Healthcare IT Grants Worth The Hassle?
While the U.S. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) promises big bucks to healthcare providers that implement effective IT solutions, healthcare providers wonder whether IT adoption is worth the effort. Speaking at a two-day hearing of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, healthcare providers said healthcare IT is a good idea in theory, but current proposals have many problems.
Homeland Security Seeks New Ideas
The federal agency plans to adopt the Transportation Security Administration's IdeaFactory crowd-sourcing application to encourage brainstorming by employees.
E-Health Privacy Regulations Draw Congressional Fire
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule to beef up penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act (HIPAA), as several Congressmen criticize the agency for leaving dangerous loopholes in the law.