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FTC Finalizes Order to EHR Vendor in Consumer Deception Case

August 22, 2016 - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued its final order against EHR vendor Practice Fusion following allegations that the EHR cloud-based company had misled consumers about physician reviews and their publication in an online physician database. Between 2012 and 2013, Practice Fusion allegedly administered patient surveys on behalf of their hospital users requesting provider...


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Solo Practitioners Exempt from EHR Implementation in Minnesota

by Vera Gruessner

One of the key issues that some healthcare providers have found with the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs is the mere financial impact of EHR implementation. In Minnesota, small medical practices – particularly solo...

Physician EHR Use Impacts Patient Disclosure, Communication

by Vera Gruessner

There are a variety of reasons why the federal government including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encourage physician EHR use and the adoption of health IT tools across the healthcare industry. From the potential to...

Debating Role of Patient Portal in Health Data Integration

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient portals are growing in number and popularity as healthcare organizations and providers seek to contend for consumers in a new value-based healthcare economy or meaningful use requirements centered on patient engagement and health...

ONC, SAMHSA exchange mental health data with Direct HIE

by Jennifer Bresnick

Seven states, in conjunction with the ONC and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), have successfully demonstrated that health information exchange (HIE) through Direct secure messaging can help to facilitate...

HIE patient privacy, data security tips for providers: Q&A

by Jennifer Bresnick

Robust, seamless health information exchange (HIE) is one of the major goals of the Meaningful Use program and an increasingly enticing prospect for providers interested in ensuring that they have the most current and complete information...

ONC, OCR team up to improve patient privacy awareness

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Office for Civil Rights have launched a contest to spur innovation and assist patient awareness of privacy. Writing on HealthITBuzz, ONC’s Chief Privacy...

Tiger Team seeks patient privacy and security input

by Nicole Freeman

The Health IT Policy Committee’s Privacy and Security Tiger Team is seeking input on privacy and security policy issues raised by family member and personal representative access of patient health records. Certified electronic health...

New HHS rule grants patients direct access to lab results

by Nicole Freeman

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a final rule that amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations allowing patients and patient-designated representatives access to...

Dec. 16: ONC to hold patient matching meeting

by Nicole Freeman

On December 16, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will be holding a meeting to discuss the findings of a patient matching initiative announced in September. The findings, collected from past...

Has Practice Fusion’s review site violated patient privacy?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Up until now, the criticism received by Practice Fusion about its free EHR solution appears unwarranted considering the number of ambulatory care providers who have adopted the certified EHR technology. However, a new wave of criticism...

ONC-OCR issue model Notices of Privacy Practices

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have joined forces to issue model Notices of Privacy Practices for healthcare providers and plans to use with their patients...

What security challenges does EHR meaningful use present?

by Sponsored Content

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first introduced the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs, many healthcare organizations understood the value it brought to the table. The meaningful use and sharing...

LinkedIn users debate crowdsourcing, social media in EHRs

by Jennifer Bresnick

Thinking about EHRs as stagnant sources of provider-entered data is a thing of the past.  Online communication is flourishing in all aspects of our lives, and electronic record keeping is maturing, letting data flow in new directions. ...

What is the role of social media in electronic health records?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians, lawmakers, and EHR developers alike are constantly looking for ways to improve the experience of using the software, engaging patients, and helping health IT take a central role in improving the quality and delivery of care. ...

ONC, UT-Austin launch HIE pilot to protect privacy requests

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the University of Texas at Austin have launched a pilot program designed to ascertain the best methods of increasing transparency of data exchange for patients while safeguarding their...

EHR adoption, patient privacy causing buzz on Capitol Hill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information technology has featured centrally in two scenarios playing out in Washington, DC. First, there’s the ongoing saga that is the Department of Defense’s decision to select an EHR system not named VistA. The...

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