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Practice Fusion Signs HHS ‘Interoperability Pledge’


HHS Pumping Millions into Rural Health ITPractice Fusion, an electronic health record (EHR) platform, joins a growing number of EHR vendors that have signed the interoperability pledge introduced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to an announcement emailed to MHW today.

While signing the HHS pledge represents an initial step for many EHR vendors on the path toward interoperability, Practice Fusion has been connecting disparate health IT systems for over 10 years.

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Salesforce Scores $100M HHS Deal


HHS Pumping Millions into Rural Health ITSalesforce has inked a mammoth deal with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Salesforce, a leading CRM company, says that the HHS team has launched an agency-wide $100 million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for Salesforce subscriptions.

Now, HHS operating staff and divisions can purchase Salesforce through a central purchasing vehicle to help digitally transform and connect with their citizens in new ways, a provided statement reads.
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USDA, DLT, and HHS Issue Grants to Improve Rural Healthcare


USDA, DLT, and HHS Issue Grants to Improve Rural HealthcareThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) recently announced more than $20 million in grants.

USDA Rural Development awarded 65 grants across 34 states to improve healthcare and educational services in rural communities. Of the 65, 31 grants totaling $8.6 million were for healthcare related projects.

USDA Rural Development has had a series of investments in rural health and health IT infrastructure needs following a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and USDA to link rural doctors and clinics to USDA rural development grants and loans.

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HHS Reveals Estimate for 2015 ACA Enrollment


HHS Reveals Estimate for 2015 ACA EnrollmentThis Saturday brings with it the start of the second annual open enrollment period for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Consequently, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department now estimates that between 9 million and 9.9 million Americans will obtain health coverage through the ACA marketplaces next year.

As of this writing, 7.1 million Americans are enrolled in private health plans through said marketplaces. HHS expects 83% of those individuals to re-enroll.

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Lawmakers Say Federal Regulators Are Slacking In the mHealth Arena


Are Federal Regulators Slacking In The mHealth ArenaThe last time documentation on the Health and Human Services (“HHS”) website outlining technical compliance with HIPAA was updated, it was 2006 — a time when mobile apps simply did not exist as they do today.

This is why Reps. Tom Marino (R-Penn.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) have reached out to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to inquire about updates and guidance regarding mHealth apps and mHealth technology.

“We support the privacy protections provided by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), and we recognize that oversight of highly sensitive personal medical info1mation is an important role for HHS,” the letter reads. “In order to make sure that mobile health apps and other companies can in good faith comply with these important protections, we ask that HHS provide clear, easily accessible and up to date regulatory guidance for HIPAA compliance with regard to new technologies.”

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Feds Pitch Risk-Based Health IT Regulatory Framework


Feds Pitch Risk-Based Health IT Regulatory FrameworkOn Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a draft report that puts forward a proposed strategy and recommendations for a health information technology (health IT) framework.

Per the details shared during a joint media briefing yesterday, the framework in question aims to promote “product innovation” while maintaining “appropriate patient protections” and avoiding regulatory duplication.

The report, which exists to “clarify oversight of health IT products based on a product’s function and the potential risk to patients who use it,” was developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the assistance of two other federal agencies: HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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HHS Aims to Boost HIPAA Compliance with SRA Tool


HHS Aims to Boost HIPAA Compliance with SRA ToolThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled a new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations.

A statement provided to mHealthWatch explains the origin and function of the aforementioned resource.

“The SRA tool is the result of a collaborative effort by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR),” the statement reads.
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