Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'information technology'

The Practice Through A Network Diagram

by Nathan Prystowsky In a former life before I settled into health law I spent some time thinking about a career in land-use law. During one summer in law school I interned with the counsel's office for a local town....

DOH Doles Out $109 Milliion in IT Grants

Published on the Department of Health's website September 10: Eleven health care organizations in New York State will receive a total $109 million in State grants to improve the coordination of health care through the use of health information technology....

Case Law in Your Web Browser

Over at the New York Civil Law blog Matt Lerner gives a rundown of the New York Law Bureau's new RSS service, which allows subscribers to keep track of new cases reported out of the higher New York courts. Take...

Americans Skeptical of Electronic Health Record Privacy

In an article at Forbes magazine, Andy Greenberg looks for the next big issue in health reform: In a study released Monday by the privacy-focused Ponemon Institute, Americans registered a deep distrust of anyone in either the federal government or...

Massive Privacy Error at Georgia BCBS (Updated)

According to a piece at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution online: Georgia's largest health insurer sent an estimated 202,000 benefits letters containing personal and health information to the wrong addresses last week, in a privacy breach that also raised concerns about potential...

Do we want more cancer patients on clinical trials?

June 3, 2008 Andrew J.Vickers of MSKCC (1) shares his personal perspective from his experience working in a major cancer center in the USA (although other authors have drawn similar conclusions) [It] is for the reader to judge the degree...

Patients Steamed Over Fundraising Letters

Today's San Francisco Chronicle online has a piece bemoaning health care fundraising activity as an invasion of patient privacy: Joan Broner, like many people, never reads the fine print at her medical appointments. As a consequence, the 58-year-old San Francisco...

New York leads in health IT commitment-prescription drugs

March 28, , Governor Paterson announced that $105 million in grants have been awarded to 19 leading community-based health information technology (IT) projects. The grants are central to the state's strategy to ensure that clinical information is in the hands...

FDAAA-a 5 yr safety plan

Just out: FDA's "Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) IV Drug Safety Five-Year Plan" draft document dated March 2008.(1) FDA will use this plan to communicate strategies FDA will follow for using PDUFA IV drug safety resources; communicate our current...

PLoL Offers Free Case Law Online

The March 18 New York Law Journal carried a short piece on a new website, the Public Library of Law (PLoL for short), which purports to be the largest collection of free case law anywhere. Here's a rip from their...

New Web Site Helps Patients Shop for Hospital Care Based On Quality and Price

From a CMS News Release, Friday March 28: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), today posted new survey information at the Hospital Compare consumer Web site offering...

Aetna Rolls Out SmartSource Medical Information Tool

From today's New York Times online: In step toward personalized online medical information, Aetna plans to announce Wednesday a new service that draws upon a patient's own medical history to help answer questions about symptoms and treatments. The Aetna offering,...

CMS Gives More Detail on HIPAA Security Reviews

Atlantic Information Service's "Health Business Daily" for today includes an update on the CMS reviews previously mentioned in this post. Officials from the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services intend to visit covered entities (CEs) "for the foreseeable" future...

CMS to Audit Hospital HIPAA Security Practices

Government HealthIT reported yesterday: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin on-site reviews of hospitals' compliance with security rules mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. CMS officials said at a workshop on HIPAA...

DOH Posts Proposed Consumer Consent Policies for RHIOs

The New York Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration (NYHISPC) has produced a proposed "Standardized Consumer Consent Policies and Procedures for RHIOs in New York State" which is now posted on the DOH website. (Link here.) The purpose of this...

Check and balance in gathering information: FDA NEWS

FDA launched an e-mail alert service on December 3 that alerts subscribers whenever information is updated on certain FDA webpages—using it only for a week, I find it is just great. It’s a good check and balance to browsing through...

A Contrary View on EMRs

Over at the Health Care Renewal blog contributor MedInformaticsMD has posted a contrarian's viewpoint on electronic medical records. The piece is interesting in that he doesn't take the curmudgeon's path of resisting change for the sake of resisting change, but...

DOH Announces Major Health IT Initiative

From the DOH website, August 8, 2007: Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today announced the launch of a comprehensive health information technology program, part of Governor Eliot Spitzer's agenda to advance patient-centered care and enable improvements in health care...

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