Many Unhappy EHR Users Switching

Many EHR systems are falling short of user expectations and this is leading to many switching to new solutions.  Some of the main reasons for dissatisfaction are that many vendors have fallen short with updates, that customer support has been lackluster, and that some systems are cost prohibitive. Polls by Black Book Rankings had found that as many as 17% of EHR users were set to switch systems and a KLAS (an independently owned and operated company,

HIMSS Officials Weigh-In on Meaningful Use Requirements

In June Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Just recently, the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS), which represents 57,000 health IT professionals, sent a letter to Health and Human Services requesting that the agency adjust the meaningful use reporting period to a single three-month quarterly requirement vs.

CMS Payment Adjustments Set to Begin January 1, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( recently updated their ‘Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals’.  The information pertains to Medicare Eligible Professionals who are not meaningful users of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) and the payment adjustments that will be applied beginning January 1, 2015.  Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to: improve quality,

Apple’s HealthKit and Personal Health Records

On June 2nd, Apple Inc. announced its HealthKit platform, “a single place that applications can contribute to a composite profile of your activity and health.” Along with Samsung’s SAMI (Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions) and Google’s anticipated Google Fit, HealthKit holds out the promise of having one’s pertinent health information available anywhere, anytime.

Benefiting from Healthcare IT Changes and Section 179

Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code allows a business to deduct the full purchase price of certain types of financed or leased equipment and software for the current tax year.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), as well as other stimulus acts including 2013’s American Taxpayer Relief Act, have increased the Section 179 deduction limit,

Stolen Laptops Lead to Large Data Breach

AHMC Healthcare, based in Alhambra, CA, reported that the theft of two laptops has resulted in 729,000 patients’ protected health information (PHI) being compromised.  This is the 11th largest HIPAA breach so far.

Surveillance video showed that a transient broke into an administrative office on October 12th and made off with two password-protected laptop computers,

One Year After Hurricane Sandy

Almost exactly one year ago, Hurricane Sandy did major damage in our New York/New Jersey area. Whether you believe in global warming or not, no matter where your office is located, we can’t deny that storms are increasing in frequency and force year after year. It is sad that we keep seeing practices losing valuable data every week,

PHI Exposed by Vendor’s Security Lapse

Cogent Healthcare announced last week that a third-party vendor’s security lapse left patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI) exposed on the Internet.  While no financial or Social Security Number information was included, Cogent is offering a year-long subscription to identity theft protection and credit monitoring services to the 32,000 affected patients.

Medical transcriptions vendor M2ComSys,

ICD-10 is Coming: Are You Ready?

The compliance date for ICD-10 implementation is just fourteen months away, and the new code set is inspiring negativity in some.  With over five times as many codes as the current ICD-9 set, and a radically different structure to boot, “ICD-10 will be one of the most significant changes the physician practice community has ever undertaken –

Password Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices

A recent alert from the Department of Homeland Security warns that approximately 300 medical devices from 40 different vendors contain hard-coded passwords.  Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle, technical directors and researchers at security vendor Cylance, discovered the “backdoor passwords” in devices such as patient monitors, ventilators, defibrillators, infant incubators, and lab equipment.  Some of the devices can be interfaced with EMR software such as Lytec MD or Medisoft Clinical.