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Multiple sources (TechCrunch, Forbes, ABC News, etc.) are reporting that hackers have just released email and password combinations for 117 million LinkedIn accounts. This data stems back from a 2012 LinkedIn security breach (aka Hack). Motherboard is reporting that an alleged hacker is selling the data on an illegal online marketplace for 5 bit coins (around…

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Guest Editorial If you start experiencing new or odd health-related symptoms, where do you go first? For many people, especially those who are uninsured or under-insured, going to do the doctor isn’t always an option, so instead they turn to the Internet for answers. The medical field is one that is constantly growing and changing,…

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This hour-long ACP Leadership Academy Webinar sheds light on the complicated topics of MACRA, MIPS, and APMs. MACRA (The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) is a bipartisan legislation that was signed into law in April of 2015. It’s is part of a broader push towards value and quality and it’s Congressional intent is as…

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On May 2, 2016 Peter Basch, MD, MACP, Chair, Medical Informatics Committee, American College of Physicians (ACP) submitted ACP’s comments on the ONC Health IT Certification Program to Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ACP is the largest medical specialty…

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In a joint post on the CMS blog Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced plans to retire the Meaningful Use program in favour of a new program under the Merit-based Payment System (MIPS). The new program,…

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There are big changes in the midst for EHR incentive programs. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was passed by the Senate on April 14, 2015 (92–8) and was subsequently signed into law by President Barack Obama just over a year ago. MACRA’s primary function is to establish new ways to…

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Guest Editorial There is a collision of cynicism and optimism in any discussion of Millennial healthcare workers. For those who view the intrusion of digital technology into healthcare as a negative trend, Millennials, with their overdependence on technology, are part of the problem sucking the joy out of medicine. They embrace these interloping devices and…

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AmericanEHR has been selected as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Blogs by telemedicine software company, eVisit. The list, which eVisit creates annually to recommend to their clinician readership, includes influential marketing blogs, physician community sites, top healthcare news sites and more. “[The AmericanEHR] blog has a great amount of information on EHR and other health…

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With the advent of social media, a new era of of censorship has been bestowed upon us. Online networks such as Facebook and Instagram are frequently drawing scrutiny for the removal of images which, in their opinion, have violated their company’s guidelines regarding nudity and obscenity. Censorship extends well beyond that of sexually explicit images, and…

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Guest Editorial The rise of online social media and the related wave of people sharing experiences, advice and plans has had a huge impact on healthcare. Before social media, as the British Medical Journal points out, patients received advice and referrals from their private social networks — friends, family and their personal physicians. Now, robust…

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Guest Editorial Interoperability is not just a set of technical hurdles, programming considerations, and communication initiatives—though it certainly entails plenty of such challenges. It is about realizing the much talked-about Continuum of Care, aligning doctors, specialists, nurses, patients, pharmacists—the many individuals and operating environments involved in delivering 21st century whole-person healthcare. Glaringly absent from popular…

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