Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) ONC yanks certification for two EHR products. Healthcare IT News, September 3, 2015.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced that two previously certified parts of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentives, versions of SkyCare 4.2, have had their certifications terminated.

2) Patients much likelier to choose hospital that employs their doctor. Modern Healthcare, September 1, 2015.

A new studies suggests that patients will go to the hospital where their doctor is employed, despite cost and quality.

3) Oncology group slapped with a $750K HIPAA fine. Healthcare IT News, September 2, 2015.

After an unencrypted server backup media and laptop was stolen out of an employee’s car, the organization is facing a hefty fine from the Office of Civil Rights.

4) Parade of Planned Parenthood hearings begins next week. The Washington Post, September 2, 2015.

Congress will make its first public examination of Planned Parenthood next week following the release of undercover videos discussing fetal tissue practices.

5) Take a Deep Breath, Then Check Your Smartphone. The New York Times, September 2, 2015.

The FDA has approved a digital device that attaches to a conventional stethoscope, allowing it to record, amplify, and wirelessly send audio and sound wave image to an iPhone app.

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