Congressional Leaders Press HHS for Answers on Cybersecurity in Health Care

Key leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services last week, raising concerns about the department’s implementation of the Cyber Security Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015 and requesting important updates, including information about the Cyber Threat Preparedness Report (CTPR). The letter, signed by…

Understanding Health IT Certification, Interoperability, and Health Information Exchange

In case you happened to miss the announcement included in the Proposed FY2019 Hospice Payment and Quality Reporting Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the Possible Establishment of CMS Patient Health and Safety Requirements for Hospitals and Other Providers for Electronic Transfer of Health Information.…

Standalone Smartphone App Has Mixed Reviews Helping Control Hypertension

Hypertension is estimated to affect 34 percent of U.S. adults 20 years or older and accounts for more than 73,000 deaths each year. While many factors contribute to poorly controlled hypertension, proper medication adherence is an ongoing struggle. Given this challenge, health app developers have been quick to bring to market technology enabled solutions that…

ONC Releases Draft Specifications for Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (Trust Exchange Framework) for public comment this week.  The Trust Exchange Framework was designed to improve data sharing between the nation’s assortments of health information networks with the goal of creating a “Network of Networks” infrastructure to…