Category: Info Health

Fragmented care stalls progress in diabetes reduction

More financial incentives for high-value services, greater data interoperability are needed to address problem

Progress in treating and preventing Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. has stalled over the past decade, and regaining momentum will require a coordinated effort among lawmakers, clinicians and public and commercial payers, according to a recent article in Health Affairs.

Currently about 37 million Americans have diabetes, a 40% increase from 10 years ago, the article notes. Moreover, inequities in access to care and preventive services mean that Black and Hispanic adults are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to develop the disease, and significantly more likely to die from it, than are non-Hispanic white adults.

The authors say much of the backsliding in diabetes prevention and treatment is due to fragmentation in the nation’s health care system, which they define as “siloed or heterogeneous health services that occur because of the lack of unified goals, policies, incentives, and information across stakeholders.” This results in “uncoordinated and highly variable care that deviates from evidence-based recommendations, thereby undermining population health goals and equity.”

Fragmentation has been especially harmful to diabetes treatment and prevention when it comes to health policy and governance, payers and reimbursement design,

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New hospital info system will transform delivery of

Technology has an incredible ability to impact our lives.

It allows us to easily manage our personal finances, order groceries from down the street and stay in touch with family and friends from around the world. Advances in technology are transforming the way we work and deliver health care.

Niagara Health is embarking on a $150-million digital transformation as we build a modern hospital information system (HIS) that will help us better serve patients. The HIS will make it easier for both patients and health-care providers to access health records, enhance the quality and safety of patient care and create a more connected and collaborative health system in Niagara.

Over the next two years, we are teaming up with Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre to build and implement the new HIS. The system will eliminate the need for paper patient charts and will provide secure access to a patient’s up-to-date medical history for providers at Hotel Dieu Shaver and all Niagara Health hospital sites.

Access to one electronic medical record will provide our health-care professionals with faster access to the information they require to make important health-care decisions. This more efficient system will save time for our clinicians,

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Craig Richardville Named New Intermountain Healthcare Chief

With the recent merger announcement of Intermountain Healthcare with SCL Health, Craig Richardville has been named the new chief digital and information officer and senior vice president for the combined health systems, which will be called Intermountain Healthcare.

As a member of the enterprise leadership team, Richardville’s responsibilities will include the health system’s information technology, data and digital services involving all aspects of technology including, but not limited to, strategy, operations, applications, cybersecurity, and emerging technology.

Richardville previously served as senior vice president, chief information and digital officer, at SCL Health, where his responsibilities included leading, innovating, and transforming all aspects of the health system’s information technology and digital services.

Richardville noted that his priorities including an orientation toward being mobile first, cloud first and, ultimately, patient first. “Mobile first places access to health services into the pockets of the patients, members and consumers via their smartphones,” he explained. “This is a trusted source of truth, easy to access and one of the preferred engagement platforms in an omni channel world. Cloud first provides ubiquitous access to data in a safe and secure environment ubiquitous access

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State disciplines health care providers

Contact:  Sharon Moysiuk, Communications   360-549-6471
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service   360-236-4700

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against the following health care providers in our state.

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to [email protected]

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a health care provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

King County

In May 2022 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Christine Helkey of its intent to issue

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California: Health Care Providers Must Join Statewide Data

Thank you to co-author Danny Costandy, a summer associate in Foley’s San Diego office, for his contributions to this post.

Many California health care providers, including hospitals and physician groups, will soon be required to sign on to California’s first-ever statewide data sharing agreement governing the exchange of health and social services information. 

The new requirement neatly illustrates the exacting compliance standards faced by today’s health care providers: confidentiality laws that have long limited permissible disclosures of health information must now be considered alongside a new regime of rules designed to prevent obstruction of legitimate access to health information.  Achieving compliance requires the perfect balance of disclosing what is required and holding back what is protected. 

The new California law directs the California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) to establish a Data Exchange Framework designed “to enable and require real-time access to, or exchange of, health information among health care providers and payers through any health information exchange network, health information organization, or technology that adheres to specified standards and policies.”  The Data Exchange Framework is not a health information exchange or repository of data.  It is a technologically agnostic set of standards for sharing information.

On July 5,

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Why Socially Determined Wants to Further Involve Home-Based

The core of Socially Determined’s mission is figuring out what influences the decisions people make about their health care.

Trenor Williams, the company’s CEO, has a family medicine background whose mother ran Meals on Wheels in the Agency on Aging department in southwestern Virginia.

“This is all near and dear to my heart,” Williams said, the CEO of Socially Determined, to Home Health Care News.

Socially Determined is a health care analytics company and was founded in January 2017. Its goal is creating visibility and actionable intelligence around all factors that are at play when health care choices are made.

“We lacked so much information around what influences the decisions that people make about their health and their health care,” Williams said. “What we’ve historically done is use the information that we gather when people come to our office or to the hospital for the disease they might have and we do labs, X-Rays, things like that. But frankly, it is a really small subset of information.”

In order to make information more well-rounded, Socially Determined created an analytics platform where it uses data from a host of public sources that it then curates — and sometimes purchases — in

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How Apple is empowering people with their health information

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State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications,

For immediate release: July 22, 2022   (22-107)

Contact:  Sharon Moysiuk, Communications   360-549-6471
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service   360-236-4700

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of the following health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to [email protected]

Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Look up a health care provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health home page (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health

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Patient data: Health facilities to start sharing it

In summary

Hospitals, public health agencies and other providers have no systematic way to share patient data among themselves, limiting their ability to monitor trends and work efficiently. Under the state’s new data-sharing requirement, a doctor or case worker could get immediate access to a patient’s full medical history, and patients could view their own records easily.



In March 2020, as Californians hunkered down for what many expected to be a two-week lockdown, high-ranking health officials were scrambling to find out how many COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, how many were in intensive care and how many beds remained available.

With no system in place for hospitals to report this information to the state and share it, Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s public health director and other staff had to call 426 hospitals to assess the situation.

Now, officials hope to avoid similar scenarios in the future by changing the way patient data is collected and shared. Legislation passed last year requires all health and human services providers to sign a statewide data-sharing agreement. This includes hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, public health agencies, laboratories, mental and behavioral health providers, substance use treatment facilities, insurance

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Privacy of Health Information After Dobbs: OCR Guidance on

U.S. Policy and Regulatory Alert

On 28 June 2022, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra directed the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within HHS to ensure patient privacy and nondiscrimination for patients seeking reproductive health care, as well as for providers who offer reproductive health care.In response, on 29 June 2022, OCR issued new guidance addressing privacy rights related to reproductive health care under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

OCR’s guidance consists of two posts under a new Special Topic, HIPAA and Reproductive Health. The first guidance reiterates that federal law protects Protected Health Information (PHI) (as defined by HIPAA’s regulations) from unauthorized disclosures, including PHI related to abortion and other sexual and reproductive health care, and outlines the “narrowly tailored” circumstances in which disclosures to law enforcement officials are permitted.The second post, while posted under guidance for professionals, is written directly for patients and consumers and addresses concerns that health information applications (apps) on smartphones may threaten an individual’s right to privacy by clarifying how medical

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