Policy

The safety, effectiveness and data security of mobile healthcare applications were examined by a U.S. House subcommittee in a July 13 hearing, with lawmakers alternating between excitement over their potential and concern that consumers’ data isn’t being protected.

HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has released its much-anticipated guidance on how healthcare organizations can better understand and respond to ransomware attacks, including defining such incidents as breaches that require affected individuals to be notified under HIPAA in most circumstances.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given a thumbs up to a test hospitals can use to identify certain types of antibiotic-resistant infections more quickly.

Medical devices play a vital role in patient care, but how they are approved and regulated are vastly different in the United States compared to the European Union.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first buprenorphine implant, Probuphine, to treat addiction to both prescription and illegal opioids.

The final version of the policy principles governing data security efforts within President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) has been released. 

Hennepin County, the most populous county in Minnesota, said it will be forced to hire 92 new employees because of new requirements involving the MNSure health insurance exchange, which the county labels “an ineffective system,” reported the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Seeking to ease the fears for small and rural practices of being penalized under the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CMS plans to soon release its request for proposals for the $100 million in technical assistance provided for those practices.

Four legislative proposals aimed at improving the exchange of electronic health information have been included in the 2017 budget request by the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

The investigative news outlet announced its database to track the prescribing habits of doctors has been used by some to find addictive painkillers.

Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Gene L. Dodaro, has announced James S. Ferguson, Carolyn Petersen and Karen L. Caulil as the newest members on the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee. 

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of executives representing health providers, insurers, manufacturers and patient advocacy groups, has issued six recommendations it believes can be implemented today to improve healthcare in the U.S.