Healthcare News June 26, 2013

  • Siemens Healthcare adopts EHR Developer Code of Conduct

    Today, Siemens Healthcare announced that the company has officially adopted the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Developer Code of Conduct. Released by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) EHR Association (EHRA), the code establishes transparent industry principles reflecting a continued commitment to support safe healthcare delivery, to recognize the value and impact that EHRs have for patients, and to operate with high integrity in the market. Siemens Healthcare, Health Services, will incorporate the principles of the EHR Developer Code of Conduct into U.S. operations.

    “By adopting the EHR Developer Code of Conduct, Siemens Healthcare affirms many of its business practices that already were meeting the code’s underlying principles and demonstrates a commitment to developing solutions that are focused on meeting our customers’ needs and more importantly the needs of their patients,” said John Glaser, PhD, CEO, Siemens Healthcare, Health Services.

    A number of the principles outlined in the EHR Developer Code of Conduct have already been in practice at Siemens Healthcare. For example, the Code of Conduct calls for a commitment to product design, development, and deployment in support of patient safety. Siemens employs a Quality Management System which is in compliance with 21 CFR Part 820 and that is certified to recognized international standards: ISO 9001 and ISO 13485. Siemens has also supported the development of a learning healthcare system and believes that the Code of Conduct is another important step toward achieving it.

    “The Developer Code of Conduct highlights an increased accountability that healthcare organizations expect of their vendors,” said Dr. Glaser. “Providers today are facing an unparalleled demand to incorporate healthcare IT into their operations and care provision, necessitating an even more thoughtful approach to mutually assuring successful implementations, highlighting the need for interoperability and creating an opportunity for vendors and providers to learn from each other in a way that benefits patients.”

    The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2012 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 13.6 billion euros and profit of 1.8 billion euros. For further information please visit:www.siemens.com/healthcare.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Celebs in talks to sell ObamaCare

    The White House is working to recruit Hollywood stars for efforts to
    promote the healthcare reform law, a top celebrity political adviser
    said Tuesday. Trevor Neilson, a Clinton White House veteran who now runs
    Global Philanthropy Group, represents celebrities like Eva Longoria and
    John Legend. He said that some of his clients are “looking at ways to
    be involved” in selling ObamaCare.

    “I think the White House is
    very wise to identify partners to help market the Affordable Care Act,”
    Neilson said. “Just like any good product, when people are aware of the
    many benefits it provides, there will be increased demand.”

    The
    news comes on the heels of an announcement by federal Health Secretary
    Kathleen Sebelius that she’s pursuing partnerships with major sports
    leagues, including the NFL, to tout the law.

  • Cruz: Immigration bill, ObamaCare create ‘enormous incentive’ to hire immigrants

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) argued Tuesday that because the comprehensive immigration reform bill prohibits immigrant workers from getting ObamaCare benefits, employers will fire U.S. workers and replace them with immigrants.

    Cruz said he wanted to offer an amendment to address the “most egregious aspect” of the immigration bill. He said that because employers with more than 50 full-time employees will face a $5,000 penalty for not providing health insurance benefits, those employers would instead hire immigrants with resident provisional immigration (RPI) status instead of U.S. workers.

    “Anyone granted RPI status is exempted from ObamaCare, which means that the employers that would be hiring them do not face the tax of $5,000 per employee,” Cruz said. “This bill creates an enormous incentive to hire those here illegally and it does so by creating a statutory penalty for hiring U.S. citizens.”

  • DLA Piper adds healthcare lobbyist with administration, congressional ties

    DLA Piper hired Krista Donahue Drobac a health expert, formerly advising the National Governors Association on implementing ObamaCare, to serve as a lobbyist and advisor in its Washington office.

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