Washington, DC – July 13, 2022 - Today, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions and Executives for Health Innovation (EHI) released the report, Tackling Cybersecurity Threats Without Sacrificing Usability. The report contains insights from an Executive Roundtable panel comprised of cybersecurity experts from LexisNexis Risk Solutions; Marshfield Clinic Health System; Mayo Clinic; Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC); and Providence Health.
The summer (and early fall) of 2022 promises to bring critical milestones for interoperability and data access, tying together many strands linking back to the 2009 HITECH legislation (i.e., Meaningful Use and its successors) and the 2016 21st Century Cures (Cures) legislation. Community participants with an interest in data sharing and interoperability, including those with regulatory compliance responsibilities, will want to track these events very closely.
UnitedHealth Group recognizes health inequities exist because of historical and present-day realities associated with racism and discrimination that impact health care access, housing, education, employment and socio-economic status. For more than two decades UHG championed efforts to address these issues broadly and help people achieve optimal health and quality of life.
Accurate data matching has been a long-time problem in the healthcare industry. The promotion of interoperability exacerbates that problem by creating duplicate and mismatched records if organizations do not have the ability to see through sparse data.
This report is based on an executive roundtable from Executives for Health Innovation (EHI) and the health care business of LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, where experts discussed and shared insights on how their organizations plan on complying with evolving interoperability regulations, while addressing the impacts that it will have on their ability to balance customer experience and data security.
Health disparities rooted in social determinants of health are regularly linked to social inequities that exist in American society. Should the healthcare industry be taking responsibility for resolving these inequities, and if so, what actions can be taken to lead and encourage improvement? Read Inovalon’s white paper to learn more insight on how your health plan can alleviate health inequities among its member populations.
Clinical communication and collaboration has always been critical to ensuring the delivery of timely, quality patient care. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlighted the importance of both, providing insights of how providers can apply new strategies and technology for better patient outcomes.
As the pandemic evolved, an added strain was placed on Emergency Departments (ED) with the need to isolate COVID-19 patients from those seeking emergent care and non-COVID-19 care. Minimizing time spent in the emergency department or bypassing the ED altogether along with the suspension of at-hospital elective care became a priority. This caused a shift in the traditional patient journey. There was a heightened interest in virtual assessments and notification systems to improve the flow of patients through emergency departments.
The three case studies outlined in this brief, highlight how technology is being applied in new ways to support the patient journey from pre-arrival to departure.
eHI's Policy Workgroup met to discuss the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposed changes from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The intent of the changes is to support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the health care industry.
It is nearly impossible to read or listen to the news these days without seeing or hearing something about “vaccine passports.” Do we need them? Do we want them? Are they happening regardless, and if so, where and when?
As the conversation swirls around the utility and benefit of a simple, fast way to see if individuals – students, customers, employees – have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the legal and ethical implications of any such system have turned the whole issue into, as the New York Times said this week, a “cultural flashpoint.”
A vaccine passport is a standardized credential that would allow people to prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. They have been oft-discussed in relation to travel, and airlines such as Jet Blue and United have already implemented them on select flights through an application called Common Pass. Universities including Northeastern, Brown, Cornell, and Rutgers have all said in recent weeks that they will require proof of vaccination in order to allow students to return to campus in the fall. And New York has rolled out the “Excelsior Pass,” described by the state as “a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of Covid-19 vaccination” in the event that large venues such as sports arenas or concert halls require proof of an entrant’s vaccination status.
Whether or not such a requirement is legal depends on whether or not the entity implementing it is public or private – in some senses, this can be seen as akin to a “no shirt, no shoes, no service” edict by local businesses. Regardless of its legality, however, there are significant and legitimate concerns that the credential, or lack thereof, could be used against people unfairly, or in a manner that promotes or results in discrimination or bias.
After the governor of Texas used his executive power Tuesday to ban the state and organizations that receive funding from the state from requiring vaccine passports, over concerns that they intrude on “personal freedoms,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made clear that the federal government “is not now, nor will we be, supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential…There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.” Citing concerns related to equity, the World Health Organization also said on Tuesday that it currently does not support mandatory proof of vaccination for international travel.
Regardless, Walmart, which is the country’s largest private employer, has already begun offering electronic applications verifying the vaccination status of patients who receive their vaccines at Walmart, and there are at least 17 different vaccine passport development initiatives currently underway, according to the Washington Post, for use by businesses who want to restrict admission to those who have been vaccinated.
Is your head hurting yet?? In an effort to help increase understanding of the current landscape and the legal, privacy, and ethical issues at play, eHI is hosting a webinar on April 27 at 2:00 EDT. Join us to have all your questions answered (we hope!) – register and submit your questions below.
With a new session of Congress and new administration, there is a lot of health policy news to keep track of this year! This is why eHI holds monthly policy briefings for members on the third Tuesday of each month to learn from policymakers, staff, and health policy experts and discuss timely issues and their impact on health IT and digital health.
In this briefing, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and Dr. David Bates, both with Brigham and Women's Hospital, joined eHI for a 30-minute discussion on key policies that they believe should be in place to ensure equitable access to care as the utilization of digital health tools increases.
As we enter our third month of 2021 and the new Administration and Congress, new national, comprehensive data privacy legislation is still not guaranteed any time soon. In the absence of such a law, consumer health data remains governed by HIPAA, several other narrowly applicable federal laws, and a patchwork of state laws and regulations, leading to concern about how under-protected health data is collected, used, and shared. The exponential proliferation of mobile health applications, wearable devices, remote monitoring and online health-related communication in recent years has accelerated the need for prompt federal and industry action. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the collection and sharing of data and the legal landscape that does – or does not – protect it.
In this featured panel from eHI’s Annual Meeting in January, eHI Vice President and Senior Counsel Alice Leiter joined Jodie Daniel of Crowell & Moring, Laura Hoffman of the AMA, and Liz Salmi of OpenNotes and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to discuss the challenging balance of shoring up legal protections for the increasing amount of non-HIPAA-covered health data, establishing consumer trust in new technologies, and encouraging innovation in health and health care.