The following is a guest contributed post from Dr. Girija Yegnanarayanan, Director of Applied Research and Clinical Language Understanding at Nuance Communications.
Most everyone is familiar with the famous nursery rhyme line “Eeny, meeny, miney, moe/Catch a tiger by the toe,” recited by children looking for a way to select who will be “it” for a game. The undergirding principle of this ditty is selecting one over another, whether that be “eeny, miny, or moe.” This process is not unlike what can occur in the classification assignment when converting from the ICD-9 to ICD-10 code set. Important details can be lost in translation.
Posted in Healthcare, Healthcare IT, Regulation
As recently profiled by Fierce Mobile Healthcare, all wireless carriers and certain texting applications will be required to support text-to-911 functionality by the end of 2014, per the rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last week.
The rules state that if any call center requests text-to-911, providers will comply within six months. Wireless providers must send automatic reply messages instructing consumers to call 911 in areas without text-to-911 functionality.
The FCC says that 48 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing and 7.5 million have speech disabilities, so this will give consumers more options for emergency outreach.
Posted in Regulation, Smartphones
The following is a guest contributed post from Bonnie Cassidy, Senior Director of HIM Innovation and Nuance Communications.
In its latest news, CMS announced that Oct. 1, 2015 is the ‘new’ final ICD-10 compliance date. “ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care, and improve disease management, quality measurement and analytics,” argues CMS in its July 31 announcement. I could not agree more!
My advice is stay positive, nimble and be wise by reading between the lines. Much has been said about the politics and jockeying of groups behind the scenes, lobbying either for or against ICD-10. That’s not going to change. Our current administration in Washington, DC has been riddled with constant criticism and commentary scandals and may view the transition to ICD-10 as risky. All healthcare providers must be proactive and plan for ICD-10 compliance, while also being agile enough in their planning to realize that another course correction may lie ahead.
Posted in Regulation, Technology
Currently there are over 100,000 mHealth apps available for immediate download. The apps range from managing general health and fitness, to monitoring and recording vitals. While mHealth apps are designed to be preventative, proactive, and even utilized for treatment and care, only 1 out of every 1,000 mHealth apps has been approved by the FDA.
This is not to say that an app lacking approval is not going to help individuals to achieve their health goals, just that their claims have not been verified. What consumers must keep in mind, is that just because an app is placed on a reputable mobile or online store such as iTunes that iTunes makes no efforts to verify the validity of mHealth apps.
Posted in mHealth, mHealth news, Regulation
It’s been quite an eventful year for mobile marketing.
Last fall, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began enforcing a strict new set of rules governing marketing calls and text messages directed at consumers on their mobile phones.
New provisions in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) introduced these tighter restrictions on mobile marketing and mobile messaging.
Posted in Healthcare, Regulation, Technology
The Telecommunications Industry Association recently stepped forward to put pressure on federal regulators to work on cultivating EHR certification guidelines for meaningful use that are more accommodating of mHealth.
The TIA wants the voluntary guidelines to be less than ridged so encourage the delivery of “healthcare in motion, virtually anywhere and at any time.”
Posted in mHealth, mHealth news, Regulation
In the last round of bills to pass through Congress, we saw a slate of healthcare reform acts, as well as a stimulus package, which was designed to help jumpstart President Obama’s efforts to encourage for more affordable healthcare.
One of the provisions introduced in an aforementioned bill calls for new HIPAA regulations and advanced security protocols for patient information. These regulations significantly impact the ways that technology companies have been developing apps and software for hospitals and doctors’ offices.
Posted in mHealth, Patient privacy, Regulation, Security