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Editor's e-Note
Do you live in fear of your personal data falling into the wrong hands? Or, in less dramatic terms, are you concerned with large corporations making use of your personal data?

This month’s E-News Exclusive says it’s time to allow people to control their personal information, out of the reach of those who profit from its existence.

Lee DeOrio, editor
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Your Identity, Your Terms
By Minakshi Tikoo

Why do we share our personal information so willingly? Our data can be misused and exploited, often causing emotional and financial harm. Despite the discussion in Congress about the lack of effective privacy policies in managing data, we continue to share voluminous amounts of personal data on social platforms and websites—knowingly and unknowingly—to our detriment.

Many industries have been attempting to create a model to engage and provide identity verification, especially in finance. For example, in India, citizens need to annually update a personal information form at their bank. This process includes address and signature verification, and an updated photograph. Despite this process and others, banking and ID verification in India continue to be a problem. The Aadhar Card is based on biometrics, but it cannot solve for the abundance of incorrect and inaccurate data entries.

On the other extreme is the United States. In the absence of creating a national universal identifier, we spend millions of dollars on creating reliable identities for the customers and patients we serve by linking, matching, and curating data from commercial datasets that sell highly sensitive information. To conduct business and run our lives, smartphones have become indispensable commodities—from ordering groceries and getting rides to paying for services and interacting with friends and family. The value of smartphones has been demonstrated repeatedly during the pandemic. Digital applications frequently require us to prove our identity, whether accessing bank apps, reading work e-mails, or receiving care at a hospital. This raises the question: How can we make it easier to access and verify our identity? Simultaneously, we want the power to oversee our personal data, control our identity, and have organizations trust us to carry our identity in a verifiable credential format.

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Mental Health and Wellness for Black Communities Requires a Nuanced Approach
Recognizing that mental health stresses are felt differently by Black communities, mental health platforms are providing tailored help, according to Digital Health Business & Technology.

Concerns Mount Over VA EHRs After Another System Problem
Problems with the VA’s EHR recently resulted in a system outage at a Washington state medical center, reports Military Times.
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AHIMA and ONC Release Companion Guide for New Technical Specification
AHIMA and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have released a companion guide to ONC’s Project US@ Technical Specification Final Version 1.0. The companion guide offers unified, cross-standards development organization, health care industry–wide operational best practices related to accurate and timely capture, and management of patient addresses developed in Project US@ Technical Specification Final Version 1.0. It can be used by health information and health care professionals to enhance patient identification and matching. Learn more »

Workgroup Publishes Health IT Pandemic Response Planning Recommendations
The Sequoia Project’s Emergency Preparedness Information Workgroup has published “Pandemic Response Insights and Recommendations,” a free whitepaper for local, state, and federal emergency preparedness and public health officials and their partners. The workgroup discussed gaps in current solutions and recommended ways to make information more readily available to support a more robust and coordinated response to future emergencies. They created a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis of the pandemic response and distilled the analysis into 17 recommendations to help local, state, and federal entities prepare for a more coordinated nationwide response to the next pandemic or similar emergency. Learn more »

AMA Toolkit Offers Guidance on Racial and Health Equity in Health Systems
To promote and advance health equity, the American Medical Association (AMA) now offers a new toolkit with five steps to help health systems embed equity into medicine and achieve optimal health for each patient. “Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems” was designed to guide health systems on initial catalytic steps for making meaningful improvements in racial and health equity that benefit patients, clinicians, communities, and others. The steps are part of a larger cycle of continuous learning, improvement, and accountability envisioned in the AMA's Organizational Strategic Plan to Embed Racial Justice and Advance Health. The five steps outlined in the new AMA toolkit include committing to the work; shifting organizational norms by learning; getting a handle on systemwide data; developing a shared, clear, compelling vision and goals; and launching targeted improvement efforts across the system. Learn more »

Hayes Releases External Audit Workflow Tool
Hayes, a health care technology provider that partners with health care organizations to improve revenue, mitigate risk, and reduce operating costs, has launched External Audit Workflow to streamline management of external audit responses. MDaudit Enterprise External Audit Workflow simplifies and automates time-consuming and inefficient manual processes for tracking third-party audit requests, including commercial payers, Recovery Audit Contractors, Targeted Probe and Educate, and Comprehensive Error Rate Testing. Its flexible process templates and reporting tools deliver operational efficiencies and insights on potential risks and provide a consistent and repeatable audit response process. With External Audit Workflow, hospitals and health systems gain access to tools that bring together all their external audit management activities into a secure HIPAA-compliant SaaS-based platform. External Audit Workflow is integrated into the broader MDaudit Audit Workflow solution, which provides hospitals and health systems the ability to conduct internal audits for both hospital billing, professional billing, and coder auditing, allowing for both prospective and retrospective audits. Learn more »
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Industry Insight
CHIME Launches Digital Health Analytics Resource

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announces the launch of Digital Health Analytics (DHA), a new global market intelligence and survey research hub. DHA is the new standard in digital health transformation tools, equipping health care’s top professionals with the data, analyses, and insights they need to meet health care’s complexities head on.

DHA’s web-based portals deliver resources that give provider organizations and health care companies access to data, surveys, and analyses of how health care organizations are utilizing digital health technology. The DHA portals will also generate opportunities for new survey research and insights to inform key technology and patient care decision-making.

“Health and care leaders have been asking for a better line of sight into digital health technology trends and utilization,” says CHIME Chief Analytics Officer Steve Lieber. “DHA gives them a personalized, customized portal to ask and answer the questions they face in today’s complex digital health world.”

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