Erin McCann | December 19, 2014 | 11:05 AM | Privacy and Security
A critical access hospital in southern Illinois was targeted by an unknown party with access to protected health information, who threatened to release more data unless a "substantial" ransom payment was made. More
Erin McCann | December 18, 2014 | 11:03 AM | Privacy and Security
Perhaps CD-ROMs are not the best storage media when it comes to safeguarding the health information of your patients -- especially when one of your staff members accidentally donates them to a children's art project, as what recently happened at a... More
Erin McCann | December 17, 2014 | 11:13 AM | Data Warehousing, Cloud Computing
Don't dismiss the healthcare industry as one of the last to innovate quite yet. When it comes to adopting cloud technology, it is ahead of the game, according to a new report. More
Erin McCann | December 16, 2014 | 11:07 AM | Data Warehousing, Network Infrastructure, Privacy and Security
Sony Pictures last week notified employees that their medical data and Social Security numbers were swiped in a cyberattack, a breach that has prompted privacy advocates to reaffirm the need to implement further data safeguards. More
Erin McCann | December 12, 2014 | 14:34 PM | Privacy and Security
In the second biggest HIPAA breach ever reported, one of the nation's largest healthcare systems has notified some 4.5 million of its patients that their personal information has been snatched by cybercriminals. More
Erin McCann | December 12, 2014 | 14:33 PM | Privacy and Security
To those shirking their HIPAA privacy and security duties: get ready to pay up. That's the message the Department of Health and Human Services is sending after it set records this May for imposing the largest HIPAA monetary fine to date on two entities... More
VERONA, WI | Erin McCann | December 12, 2014 | 14:32 PM | Electronic Health Records, Interoperability
The nation’s largest electronic medical record vendor has an image problem. Verona, Wis.-based Epic has come under fire this year over its lack of interoperability, spurring the company, once well known for its mum relationship with the press, to speak up. More
Erin McCann | December 12, 2014 | 14:25 PM | Electronic Health Records, Health Information Exchange (HIE)
As the deadly Ebola virus made landfall in the U.S. for the first time in 2014, it raised a host of questions about electronic health records, provider workflow and the readiness of the country’s IT infrastructure to deal with a potential outbreak. More
Erin McCann | December 12, 2014 | 14:24 PM | Quality and Safety
It's a chilling reality – one often overlooked in annual mortality statistics: Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third only to heart disease and cancer – claiming the lives of some 400,000 people each year. At a Senate... More
Erin McCann | December 9, 2014 | 10:55 AM | Electronic Health Records, Privacy and Security, Financial/Revenue Cycle Management
A five-facility mental health organization in Alaska has agreed to pay up and shape up its HIPAA compliance program after a Department of Health and Human Services investigation found the group failed to appropriately safeguard patient data. More
WASHINGTON | Erin McCann | December 5, 2014 | 14:19 PM | Policy and Legislation
National Health IT Week kicked off in Washington, DC, this September mobilizing throngs of industry health IT leaders, who brought their concerns and recommendations to Capitol Hill. Among their requests? Interoperability standards and Stage 2 reporting... More
Erin McCann | December 5, 2014 | 14:11 PM | Privacy and Security
If you think you're able to dodge a data breach without putting in the work, think again. This year, organizations have reported more data breaches than the year prior, seeing on average a 10 percent jump in breach frequency. So what are they doing to... More