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  • The Changing Telehealth Landscape

    Lexology

    When healthcare providers and information technology (IT) appear together in the news, it is often for less than positive reasons. The cyber security issues that have plagued everyone have not left physicians and hospitals unscathed; ransomware has held health systems large and small hostage; and laws such as HIPAA and HITECH have imposed considerable liabilities on providers. Concern about cyber security and the complexities inherent in IT matters is not misplaced. In a 12-day span in April, two separate HIPAA settlements handed down by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) directly involved IT issues--one, a phishing incident, led to a $400,000 settlement, and the other, which involved a stolen laptop and a lack of safeguards for electronic PHI on mobile devices, led to a $2.5 million settlement. Clearly, the presence of HIPAA and HITECH, combined with the prevalence of cyber security issues, creates a perilous IT landscape for providers.

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  • New Jersey’s Telemedicine Legislation Faces a New Controversy

    mHealth Intelligence

    New Jersey’s landmark telemedicine legislation could be running into a roadblock. The New Jersey General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has amended Assembly Bill 1464 to limit to three years the provision that telemedicine be an accepted means of establishing the doctor-patient relationship.  After that, the legislation would require physicians and their new patient to first meet in person before moving to a telehealth platform. The change was pushed by physicians’ groups who fear telemedicine – especially large telemedicine companies from out-of-state – will hurt solo physicians and small practices. That amendment caught the eye of the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), a national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement and compensation public policies. The committee had presented written testimony in favor of the bill prior to a June 12 public hearing, but withdrew its support on June 16 after reviewing the amended bill.

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  • Massachusetts Invests $250K in Digital Health Innovation

    mHealth Intelligence

    The Baker-Polito Administration of MA is offering a sum of $250,000 to support designated Digital Health Innovation Labs within the state. This is the second investment the governor's office has made as part of the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative (DHI), which is used to support two digital health incubators in the state. Of the total, $170,000 will go to the PULSE@ MassChallenge hub in Boston while the remaining $80,000 will support Baystate Health’s TechSpring technology innovation center in Springfield.The new awards are part of the state’s digital health Marketplace Program, which is an effort to build stronger ties between the region’s digital health innovators and healthcare customers. “Both of these organizations are having real impacts when it comes to growing the digital health sectors in Eastern and Western Massachusetts,” said MA Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “We’re excited not only for the economic potential that these digital health startups hold for Massachusetts, but also the potential of their innovations to impact patients around the globe.” 

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