The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) released today a compendium of reports on state law, business practices, and policy variations to assist health information exchange efforts.  I reviewed some of the documents linked through HHS’s e-mail and find it extremely helpful that the government is aggregating resources on its website to be used by all in their HIE and

The National Health Information Network (NHIN) may get information moving as early as the first quarter of 2009.  In its December 16th Press Release, the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicates that it will begin receiving medical records for some disability applicants via the "MedVirginia" health information exchange (HIE) based in Richmond.  

SSA and MedVirginia were also among

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has published a new HIPAA Privacy Rule guidance as part of its "Privacy and Security Toolkit" (the "Toolkit") developed in connection with "The Nationwide Privacy and Security Framework for Electronic Exchange of Individually Identifiable Health Information" (the "HIE Framework").  The new HIPAA guidance is available on

On June 12, 2008 at the Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition in Washington D.C., Microsoft released version 2 of its Connected Health and Human Services Framework, which it touted as providing a "flexible, individual and family-centered approach for addressing the challenges that face HHS agencies, departments and programs as they respond to complex social needs and

The National Alliance for Health Information Technology released its final Report to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (aka "ONC") today which, among other things, provides consensus definitions for the following six key health information technology terms:

  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR)
  • Personal Health Record (PHR)
  • Health Information Exchange

On May 13th, the Office of the Governor announced several direct appointments to the New Jersey Health Information Technology (NJ-HIT) Commission, and I am extremely pleased to pass along that I have been appointed to the attorney seat on the Commission.  I look forward to bringing my experience and enthusiasm to the table, and contributing to the success of the Commission’s goals.

The NJ-HIT

Axolotl Corp. of San Jose, California, has been chosen to implement the Interboro Regional Health Information Exchange in order to facilitate data exchange among providers in the Queens area of New York City. The RHIO will use Axolotl’s Elysium Community Virtual Health Record and EMR-Lite applications to enable participating physicians to access patient lab reports, radiology

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a series of reports funded by AHRQ and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT which examine the variations in data privacy and security among 34 regional health information organizations.  The reports found that state RHIOs varied in several areas, including the level of

The California Health Care Foundation reported in its iHealthBeat publication today that Rhode Island’s Department of Health has awarded a three-year, $1.7 million contract to EDS to design, implement and manage the country’s first statewide electronic health record network.  The health data exchange is expected to go live in summer 2008.  The Rhode Island HIE will consolidate