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By Jonah Comstock September 21, 2015
The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) recently released a whitepaper, based on a workshop held last April, on designing telehealth and remote visits for consumers. The 20-page document is interesting, extensive, and hits on some good points about how to make telehealth convenient and effective for consumers. Yet both the whitepaper and the workshop excluded the viewpoint...
By Brian Dolan June 15, 2015
Gwen Hines, RN, Practice Administrator, Atlantic Adult & Pediatric Medicine, an Aledade partner Bethesda, Maryland-based, tech-enabled accountable care company, Aledade, has raised $30 million in venture funding led by return backer ARCH Venture Partners with participation from its other existing investor Venrock. The company raised $4.5 million in its first round last summer, which is...
By Aditi Pai April 8, 2015
A few months ago, Accenture reported that 19 of the 25 states developing state health innovation plans (SHIPs) were planning to invest more in telehealth this year. Now, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published online resources to help the states that are participating in the State Innovation Models initiative make better use of digital health...
By Jonah Comstock March 23, 2015
Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced the long-awaited proposed guidelines for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use requirements for electronic health records. On the same day, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the proposed 2015 certification criteria for EHRs. The standards proposed will be optional through 2017 and mandatory for all...
By Jonah Comstock December 17, 2014
Dr. William Tierney HIPAA is designed to give patients control of their own medical data -- who can see it, who can access it, and who can use it, especially with regards to third parties. But when it comes to physicians themselves, the status quo is patients being expected to fully disclose, so doctors have all the information they might need to treat them. A new study is challenging that...
By Jonah Comstock October 16, 2014
Data for Health co-chairs Dr. Ivor Horn and David Ross. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has begun an initiative to explore how health data can best serve not just individuals, but communities. The new initiative, called Data for Health, will be led by an advisory committee co-chaired by David Ross, director of the Public Health Informatics Institute, and Dr. Ivor Horn, medical director of...
By Jonah Comstock September 19, 2014
Last week, as part of its Health IT week, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT announced that it had hired Lana Moriarty as its new acting director of consumer e-health. Moriarty steps into the shoes of Lygeia Ricciardi, who departed in July after holding the office for three and a half years, during which the bulk of the work was done on the ONC's Blue Button project for consumer...
By Aditi Pai September 16, 2014
Around 30 percent of patients have been offered access to their online medical records by their healthcare provider or insurer, according to a survey of more than 2,100 people conducted by the ONC last year. The survey was conducted prior to the implementation of Meaningful Use Stage 2 and CLIA rules. "This may in part reflect the limited view, download and transmit (VDT) capabilities of health...
By Brian Dolan September 15, 2014
This morning ACT -- The App Association and a number of its mobile health company members sent a letter to Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to encourage Congress to push HHS to make HIPAA regulations clearer for mobile app developers. "We see a huge chunk of our membership engaged on both fitness and the more health-specific side," ACT's Executive Director Morgan Reed told MobiHealthNews in an interview. "...
By Aditi Pai June 4, 2014
The Department of Health and Human Service's Idea Lab and the Office of the National Coordinator have partnered with San Diego-based Total Communicator Solutions to develop the Idea Lab's workplace wellness initiative, called Project Boundary. Project Boundary partnered with Total Communicator Solutions for its Spark Compass platform, which sends notifications to users based on geofences and...

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