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Class-action lawsuit claims Allscripts failed to protect against ransomware attack

January 30, 2018


Surfside Non-Surgical Orthopedics' class-action lawsuit against electronic health record system vendor Allscripts claims that Allscripts was aware of deficiencies that made it vulnerable to a ransomware attack but failed to address those issues, ultimately leaving the company's systems open to a SamSam ransomware attack that affected providers earlier this month.

Apple is bringing medical records to iPhones. Here’s what you need to know.

January 25, 2018


The new feature, which will be made available to consumers today, will allow users to automatically download, store, and share parts of their medical records.

ONC releases draft framework to improve health data sharing

January 9, 2018


Ashley Thompson, the American Hospital Association's senior vice president for public policy and development, says the draft framework is "a promising step in creating a more efficient infrastructure for sharing health information that is based on a network-of-networks approach and builds on existing efforts."

HHS will not align substance misuse data sharing rules with HIPAA—for now

January 4, 2018


Lucia Savage, chief privacy and regulatory officer at Omada Health and the former chief privacy officer at HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, says the final rule simplifies compliance with federal regulations, but overall the rules remain complicated and confusing.

CMS clarifies stance on texting patient orders

January 3, 2018


CMS says although health care providers are permitted to text certain patient information via secure text messaging platforms, they are not permitted to text patient orders, and instead should use Computerized Provider Order Entry to submit patient orders.

Lawsuit alleges 62 Ind. hospitals falsified meaningful use data

November 30, 2017


The lawsuit alleges that 62 Indiana-based hospitals falsified compliance data under the federal government's meaningful use program and, as a result, defrauded the government of more than $300 million in incentive payments.

In the states: a Legionnaires' outbreak in Calif., a new commission to study maternal deaths in NYC, and more

November 17, 2017


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Inside CMS' final rule for MACRA in 2018

November 3, 2017


CMS' final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program reduces the number of clinicians who will be subject to MACRA's reporting requirements in 2018.

The fax machine endures in modern medicine—and this government program could be why

November 3, 2017


While the fax machine has become a relic in most industries, some estimates show it continues to account for about 75% of all medical communication—despite federal efforts to digitize medical records.

EHRs helped this hospital track an infection to its source

October 31, 2017


Clostridium difficile is a leading cause of infections acquired in a health care setting, but often it is difficult to track the source of such infections in a hospital because of the complexity of interactions and location changes that occur.

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