Privacy & Security

By Kurt Hagerman 08:23 am March 28, 2014
As we discussed in Part I of this series, encryption plays a vital role in healthcare IT security, but not everyone understands the ins and outs. Today we're going to focus on the other more critical components of encryption.
By Jeff Rowe 08:29 am February 06, 2014
One of the enduring ironies when it comes to health IT is the contradiction between the understandable concern among healthcare stakeholders over data security and the apparent willingness of patients to share their own information. Two recent polls bear this out.
By David Harlow 08:42 am January 30, 2014
The recent FTC decision in the LabMD case has HIPAA-watchers scratching their heads, tugging their beards, and generally wondering about reconciling FTC-style litigation-based regulation with OCR-style rule-based regulation of health care data privacy and security.
By Kurt Hagerman 08:20 am January 29, 2014
IT may not get much credit when it comes to saving patient lives, but there's no denying that cloud technologies can help do just that. By making medical data immediately available to providers, cloud-enabled applications can share test results, identify medication allergies and improve patient outcomes.
By Shahid Shah 09:23 am January 27, 2014
Recently I was invited by the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation to lead a discussion that addressed patient privacy concerns and potential solutions for doctors working with EHRs.
By Jennifer Covich Bordenick 02:32 pm January 14, 2014
2014 represents a transformative year for healthcare in the United States. Exciting innovations are making a significant impact on the industry, and I am hopeful that we will see a transformation across the industry to more consumer-centric and value-driven healthcare.
By Christina Thielst 08:59 am December 09, 2013
Here we go again! As I've stated many times before, no pictures in the hospital and no posting them on social networking sites.
By Lindy Benton 08:47 am November 25, 2013
The good news for patients is that their personal health information is becoming more secure all the time. But it takes unfortunate breaches, such as an event that occurred in Charlotte in August 2013, to highlight the need for increasingly stronger data-security provisions.
By John Moore 10:10 am November 19, 2013
A common and somewhat unique aspect to EHR vendor contracts is that the EHR vendor lays claim to the data entered into their system. It confounds us as to why healthcare organizations let their vendors of choice get away with this.
By Chris Davis 01:31 pm October 16, 2013
The idea of risk management in information security has always been a bit difficult to pin down. For example, there is too little historical and behavioral data to identify trends or make predictions with confidence.

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