Electronic Health Records

EHR and health IT news (July 30 - Aug. 3)

Behind the curtain of Stage 3 Meaningful Use: The Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) will present the first draft of recommendations for Stage 3 Meaningful Use this month, according to Chair Paul Tang and Co-Chair George Hripcsak. The HITPC, which advises the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), met yesterday in Washington, DC, to discuss its recommendations for what will constitute meaningful use in the third phase of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

Culture needed: Overhauling your paper records system and bringing in EHR software can be hard on big hospital staff and patients, let alone small practices. Physicians shouldn’t forget that a huge component in making EHR work at their practice is remembering why they are (or should be) adopting it in the first place: Improving patient interaction.

Hartford Hospital, VNA HealthCare shows data security: Last Friday, the theft of laptops and tablets from the hospice office of Northwestern Memorial Hospital led to a breach of an undisclosed number of patient records. Now it’s the pilfering of a single laptop from an external vendor working with Hartford Hospital and VNA HealthCare that has close to 10,000 patients wondering what might become of their protected health information (PHI).

NC HIE jumps on direct messaging train: Similar to the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) adding direct messaging capabilities recently, the North Carolina Health Information Exchange (NC HIE) will now use Orion Health Direct Secure Messaging. This new direct messaging service (branded as NC Direct) will allow those healthcare providers in the NC HIE to share information securely between other providers in the state.

Victims of data breach grateful for one-on-one help in Ogden: People packed the hallway of the Marshall White Center as they waited to find out what they could do about their breached security. In March, hackers broke into a Utah Department of Health server and stole the Social Security numbers of up to 280,000 people statewide, as well as other less sensitive information from 500,000 others.

Jordan leads Baptist Health Care in EHR transition: Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. has named Beverly Jordan, vice president and chief nursing officer over the organization’s 14-hospital system, as vice president and chief clinical transformation officer. Within her new role, Jordan will lead the organization’s transition into implementing its electronic health records (EHR) platform across the system.