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Resources by Topic: Health information technology

COVID-19 Related Cybersecurity Information
Resources to help hospitals and health systems mitigate risk related to cybersecurity threats during the COVID-19 response.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Independent Evaluation of Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+): Second Annual Report
Reports on the first two program years of the CPC+, a CMS primary care payment and delivery reform effort. Discusses CPC+ participating practices, payer partners, and health information technology (HIT) vendors supporting the program. Describes practices changes and outcomes for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. Includes statistics with breakdowns by rural, suburban, or urban practice location.
Additional links: Appendices to the Supplemental Volume, CMS Perspective Report, Findings at a Glance, Supplemental Volume
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Mathematica
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HealthIT.gov: COVID-19 Response: Tools and Resources for the Health IT and Clinical Community
Health information technology (HIT) resources for reporting and tracking COVID-19, including information and guidance on data standards, coding, and more.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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National Trends in the Safety Performance of Electronic Health Record Systems From 2009 to 2018
Evaluates safety performance of electronic health records (EHRs) to prevent potential adverse drug effects (ADEs), assesses hospital EHR safety performance for specific subcategories of potential ADEs, and examines the associations of EHR vendors with safety performance. Features statistics including characteristics of surveyed hospitals, such as hospital size and urban or rural location.
Author(s): David C. Classen, A. Jay Holmgren, Zoe Co, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(5)
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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OCR Update on HIPAA and COVID-19
Recording of an April 24, 2020, webinar on HIPAA privacy and health information technology security issues related to COVID-19. Discusses several U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights actions during the pandemic, including notifications of enforcement discretion and guidance for telehealth remote communications, first responders and public health authorities, and other stakeholders.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
Provides information for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) regarding the expansion of virtual communication services in response to COVID-19. Describes the revision of the Home Health Agency Shortage Area requirement for visiting nursing services provided by RHCs and FQHCs.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Health Industry Cybersecurity: Management Checklist for Teleworking Surge During the COVID-19 Response
A guide for healthcare enterprise management on how to address important factors related to teleworking during a public emergency. Includes action items related to information technology and cybersecurity, legal and privacy considerations, and communication.
Author(s): Joint Cybersecurity Working Group
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council
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Trends in Electronic Health Record Use Among Residential Care Communities: United States, 2012, 2014, and 2016
Examines electronic health record (EHR) use trends and health information exchange (HIE) capability among residential care communities. Includes data by metropolitan statistical area (MSA) status, comparing MSA and non-MSA areas.
Author(s): Christine Caffrey, Christopher Cairns, Vincent Rome
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs
Describes 4 categories of health information technology and electronic health record (EHR)-related burdens for healthcare providers. Presents strategies and recommendations for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other stakeholders to reduce the burdens in each category. Includes brief notes on how these policy changes can be implemented with small and rural providers in mind.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Health Disparities in Rural America: Current Challenges and Future Solutions
Describes health risks experienced by rural people and the problems they face in accessing healthcare in shortage areas, and offers possible solutions. Includes a map showing Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas by county, and a list of states allowing full practice authority for nurse practitioners as of 2019.
Author(s): Theresa Capriotti, Tiffany Pearson, Lillian Dufour
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Clinical Advisor
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