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Can Broadband Really Save Healthcare?
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

The government is super stoked about the potential of greater broadband access to improve the U.S. healthcare system. Part of the 376-page National Broadband Plan report released by the Federal Communications Commission last week gushes about health IT, e-health, m-health, telehealth, and electronic medical records. Can broadband really save healthcare? Well, technology is part of the solution for some of the industry's problems, such as physician and specialist shortages and disparities in access to care. But it's only part of the solution. And it also comes with problems of its own. [Read More]
March 30, 2010
Editor's Picks
DEA Could Allow Biometrics to Identify e-Prescribing User
In this week's column I wrote about how Drug Enforcement Agency regulations get in the way of effective e-prescribing. Good news on that front: The agency will post in tomorrow's Federal Register an interim final rule that would permit hospitals, healthcare providers, and pharmacies to use electronic prescriptions in the dispensing of controlled drugs. Under current regulations, while providers can create prescriptions electronically for controlled substances, those prescriptions are either printed out for signatures or faxed to a pharmacy. The new interim rule adds the option of using of biometric identifiers—such as a fingerprints, iris scans, or handprints—to help authenticate the identity of the e-prescribing user. In the new regulation, users of e-prescribing systems for controlled substances would have to prove their identities by using two out of three factors: something you know (passwords), something you have (tokens), or something you are (biometrics). [Read More]

Health Reform Brings Changes, More Work for Health Information Management
HIM directors wondering how healthcare reform will affect them might have to wait to find out, since many of the provisions don't go into effect until several years in the future. "It will be a while until all of this is flushed out and there is a clearer picture for the impact on HIM or other healthcare professionals," Darice Grzybowski, president of HIMentors, LLC, in Westchester, IL, tells HealthLeaders Media editor Andrea Kraynak. According to the reform, HHS is responsible for studying and reporting back on ways to increase EHR use among smaller healthcare providers, including recommendations for further legislation to increase funding. The resulting report will also discuss possible higher reimbursement rates or incentives for small providers who use EHRs, as well as assist with training and education, and implementation assistance to the providers. [Read More]

State AGs Stepping Up HITECH Enforcement
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating his second case involving HIPAA violations this year, using again a legal authority granted to state attorneys general under the HITECH Act signed into law February 2009. Jeff Drummond, health law partner in the Dallas office of Jackson Walker LLP, says the power granted to state AGs to pursue lawsuits is a major change for HIPAA enforcement. [Read More]

Hospital hopes for help from Google's ultra high-speed broadband
Royal Oak, MI, hopes to be one of the cities chosen to receive Google's experimental ultra high-speed broadband network, expected to be 100 times faster than common home networks. William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks is supporting the bid. Subra Sripada, Beaumont's vice president and chief information officer, said the hospital system's $100 million medical record digitization effort would benefit from Google's network and advance the industry. "We're on the cusp of making easy access of information a reality," he told Crain's Detroit Business. "Having a high-speed network could advance this technology and help the wellness of the entire community and beyond." [Read More]
Tech Headlines
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