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Covington Artificial Intelligence Update: House of Lords Select Committee publishes report on the future of AI in the UK

Reflecting evidence from 280 witnesses from the government, academia and industry, and nine months of investigation, the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence published its report “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?” on April 16, 2018 (the Report). The Report considers the future of AI in the UK, from perceived … Continue Reading

CMS Issues Guidance Encouraging the Use of Commercial Off-the-Shelf Technology and Software-as-a-Service for Medicaid Eligibility and Enrollment Systems

In March, CMS issued a State Medicaid Directors Letter (SMDL) about the availability of enhanced federal funding for state Medicaid programs’ eligibility and enrollment (E&E) systems. This SMDL represents CMS’s most recent effort to encourage States to use commercial “off-the-shelf” technology and “software as a service,” instead of customized electronic systems developed and built specifically … Continue Reading

CMS Expands Scope of Enhanced Match for Promotion of Health IT

On February 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a State Medicaid Directors Letter (SMDL) that expands the scope of expenditures eligible for the 90 percent federal match for activities to promote the use of a health information exchange (HIE) and the adoption of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology by … Continue Reading

Health Care Companies Agree to “Core Commitments” to Improve Access to EHR

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that a number of large health care companies and providers had “agreed to implement three core commitments” to improve access to electronic health records (EHR).  HHS touted the commitments as a significant step toward increased EHR interoperability.… Continue Reading

HealthCare.gov to Launch Open Enrollment for 2016 Plan Year on November 1, 2016

Open enrollment for 2016 marketplace exchange plans begins Sunday, November 1. Individuals and families will be able to enroll, re-enroll, or change their health plans from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Several new features have been added to HealthCare.gov to ease enrollment for consumers. For the first time, consumers may preview 2016 exchange … Continue Reading

Department of Defense Contract To Overhaul Electronic Health Records System

The Department of Defense (DOD) is expected to select a contractor sometime this summer to modernize its electronic health records (EHR) system. The DOD’s $11 billion Healthcare Management Systems Modernization Electronic Health Record program will replace the agency’s existing EHR system, which supports more than 9.7 million beneficiaries, including active duty personnel, retirees, and their … Continue Reading

House Cures Draft Includes Provisions to Expand Access to Data, Facilitate Research

On April 29, 2015, members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee released a revised discussion draft of the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures”). The draft bill includes a number of provisions intended to facilitate drug, biologic, and medical device discovery and development through greater collection and dissemination of data and the use of … Continue Reading

Webinar Invite: Moving to the Cloud: Privacy and Other Key Considerations for Healthcare Entities

Join Covington for a webinar discussion of issues facing life sciences companies as they increasingly utilize cloud services to collect, aggregate, store and process data as part of our Life Sciences Essentials series. May 13, 2015 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. GMT Click … Continue Reading

The Joint Commission Issues Health IT-Related Patient Safety Alert

The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations, recently issued a Sentinel Event Alert to identify patient safety risks related to the use of health information technology and to recommend actions that hospitals and other accredited organizations should consider.… Continue Reading

President’s Budget Includes Funding for Precision Medicine Initiative

As we described in an a post last month, in the State of the Union the President announced a new “Precision Medicine Initiative” to foster the development and delivery of personalized treatments for illnesses such as cancer and diabetes.  The FY 2016 budget released by the President yesterday includes $215 million in funding to launch … Continue Reading

Cromnibus Explanatory Statement Urges ONC to Demand Interoperable EHR Technology

On December 17, 2014, President Obama signed a combination long-term omnibus spending bill/short-term continuing resolution into law (the “Cromnibus”).  The Explanatory Statement that accompanied passage of the Cromnibus includes several instructions to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) designed to improve the interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHR).… Continue Reading

Health Information Exchanges Form a Trade Association

Earlier this month, a group of Health Information Exchanges (HIE) announced the formation of a trade association called the “Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative” (SHIEC).  According to press coverage, approximately 20 HIEs across the country formed SHIEC to share HIE best practices and collaborate on advocacy and public education efforts.  Dick Thompson, the Executive Director … Continue Reading
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