What are the opportunities for the use of new technology to improve health and healthcare? That was the focus of the 38th World Hospital Congress taking place this week in Oslo, Norway. The Congress was held under the auspices of the International Hospital...(read more)
Amazon has finally issued guidance on their support for HIPPA/HITECH applications on AWS. They now sign BAAs. http://t.co/1EcXIM8Y7i— Ian Eslick (@ieslick) June 18, 2013Thanks to Ian Eslick for catching this piece of news. This is really big news, because there were a lot of companies and organizations that were building healthcare applications on the back of Amazon AWS. I’m glad that Amazon has finally put together a policy related to HIPAA.Here’s their new section describing their compliance with HIPAA:AWS enables covered entities and their business associates subject to the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to leverage the secure AWS environment to process, maintain, and store protected health information and AWS will be signing business associate agreements with such customers. AWS also offers a HIPAA-focused whitepaper for customers interested in learning more about how they can leverage AWS for the processing and storage of health information. The Creating HIPAA-Compliant Medical Data Applications with AWS whitepaper outlines how companies can use AWS to process systems that facilitate HIPAA and HITECH compliance. For more information on the AWS HIPAA compliance program please contact AWS Sales and Business Development.Obviously the devil is in the details on this. I’ll reach out to one of my HIPAA lawyer friends to see what they think of this. If you’re a healthcare ...Read moreRelated Posts Be Sure That Business Associates Are HIPAA-Prepared, Or Else EMR Consulting Business Model No @ Sign for Healthcare
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, spoke with Healthcare IT News Senior Editor Diana Manos Monday at the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum in National Harbor, Md. With his typical candor and energy, Mostashari commented on several healthcare IT issue Big data: None read more
With all the changes buffeting the healthcare sector, these days, it's easy to overlook what's happening to the nation's supply of doctors. According to a 2012 report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, "the United States is projected to confront a shortage of 91,500 doctors by 2020." While, naturally, the most obvious solution to this looming problem is to figure out how to get more young people to become doctors, another partial solution is being built even as we speak. Big data: None read more
Healtheway, the nonprofit, public-private partnership that operationally supports the eHealth Exchange (formerly known as the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange) today announced its nine founding organizations. The organizations will supplement the involvement of the federal government around the eHealth Exchange, Healtheway officials said in a news release. The nine founding members are: Big data: None read more
More and more Americans are keen on the idea of using mobile devices to better monitor their health, according to new survey findings released Tuesday. The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay, revealed that one-third of Internet-using adults expressed interest in using smartphones or tablets to make doctors appointments, receive medical test results of communicate with their doctors. Big data: None read more
A California congressman has reintroduced legislation that would create an Office of Wireless Health in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., reintroduced H.R. 2363, known as the Healthcare Innovation and Marketplace Technologies Act, last week. The bill had been introduced last year, but didn't advance beyond the committee stage. Big data: None read more
A study finds that there is a significant number of commercial and research mobile applications for certain prevalent health conditions -- such as diabetes and depression -- but a lack of such apps for other prevalent conditions, such as anemia. FierceMobileHealthcare.