HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announces that National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD will leave ONC to focus on her HHS role as acting assistant secretary for health, which she took on in 2014. Since that time, Burwell explained in her announcement, “Karen has been instrumental in supporting families affected by the water crisis in Flint, in promoting nutritional and physical fitness through the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the events surrounding the 60th Anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, and in leading the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. This year, she launched Public Health 3.0, an innovative cross-sector approach to strengthening local public health and building healthier communities. I am deeply grateful to Karen for her leadership and for her incredible service in both of these roles for nearly two years.”
Principal Deputy National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD will continue DeSalvo’s crusade to advance interoperabilty when he takes over as national coordinator tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if his tenure at the top lasts as long as his predecessors. DeSalvo, Farzad Mostashari, MD David Blumenthal, MD Robert Kolodner, MD and David Brailer, MD retained the title for between two and three years.
August 24 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Surviving the OCR Cybersecurity & Privacy Pre-Audit: Are You Truly Prepared?” Sponsored by HIStalk. Presenter: John Gomez, CEO, Sensato. Many healthcare organizations are not prepared for an OCR pre-audit of their privacy and security policies. This webinar will provide a roadmap, tools, and tactics that will help balance policies and budgets in adopting an OCR-friendly strategy that will allow passing with flying colors.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
The Chartis Group launches a physician leadership institute that will bring together physician executives from hospitals, medical groups, and payers to collaborate on alignment, engagement, and organizational and operational strategy.
Announcements and Implementations
Doctors Imaging (LA) selects AbbaDox RIS and other radiology services from IDS to help it improve scheduling, registration, and administrative workflows.
Health Information Trust Alliance partners with Children’s Health (TX) to offer cybersecurity solutions to physician practices with 75 or fewer employees. Eighty practices have already deployed the CyberAid service, which includes installation assistance, hardware, software, monitoring services, training, and support. Children’s Health is working to spread the word about the service. “Our organization hosts private physician practices on our electronic medical record (EMR) system,” says Pamela Arora, SVP and CIO, Children’s Health. “Supporting this program enables us to more fully protect our organization, these physician practices and their patients from risks associated with cyber threats.”
Health and Wellness Education Partners develops an online continuing education resource for PCPs focused on optimizing primary care for patients with rare diseases.
Medicomp Systems promotes Jason Valore to general manager-Asia/Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Matt Wilson (Health Outcomes Sciences) joins Huron Consulting Group as managing director in its healthcare practice.
Encore Unlimited adds CHC Telehealth’s virtual consult technology to its workers’ compensation case management services.
TelaCare Health Solutions takes up temporary headquarters in Fishers, OH, while it waits for permanent office space to be renovated in a local office building, The company, which employs 150 at offices in Toledo, OH, Alabama, and Texas, has already hired eight employees at the new location, and plans to hire three to five more in the next several weeks.
Six physicians develop AirRx, an app designed to assist volunteer physicians handle medical emergencies they aren’t familiar with during flight. The app includes 23 scenarios of the most common medical emergencies in-flight. (I had no idea between 150 and 200 such events occur in the friendly skies each day.) And yes, it even works in airplane mode.