Privacy and Security

As more providers are using digital data, privacy and security issues have become a greater concern. Protecting confidential patient information is also a priority for IT vendors, who are interested in offering solutions that come equipped with heightened security features. The industry-wide transition to HIPAA 5010 code set comes with heightened emphasis on privacy of patient data content in provider transactions, since 5010 aims to ensure that only the "minimum necessary" personal health information required for business purposes is included in a transaction.

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In many ways, mobile device security is an oxymoron in its current state. In fact, if you're using an Internet of Things-type device, chances are it has an average of 25 hidden vulnerabilities, according to new research, making it a ripe target for hackers.
July 30, 2014
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A Rhode Island hospital, who nearly two years ago notified 14,000 patients of a HIPAA breach involving their data, agreed Wednesday to hand over $150,000 to settle allegations that it failed to safeguard patient information.
July 24, 2014
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The joys of unintended consequences never end. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act required hospitals to get paid based on how much they improved their patients' health rather than on how many tests and procedures were completed. The intent was to improve patient care.
July 24, 2014
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Johns Hopkins Health System will hand over $190 million to settle a class action privacy lawsuit involving one of its former gynecologists who secretly recorded video and captured photos of patient examinations.
July 22, 2014
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MemorialCare Health System, a top 100 integrated delivery network, implemented awareness computing technology at the Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif. The goal is to provide roaming clinicians instant access to patient records throughout the hospital, while also ensuring top security.
July 21, 2014
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Massachusetts healthcare providers are adopting health information technology and health data exchange and drawing consumer support for going digital, according to a new study from Massachusetts eHealth Institute.
July 18, 2014
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Sure, HIPAA adds a layer of privacy protection for certain health data -- if organizations actually comply with it -- but there remains myriad avenues of mining health data and selling to the highest bidder that do not fall under the purview of HIPAA's privacy and security rules. And they may surprise you.
July 16, 2014
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Few healthcare IT policies these days are as delicate, sensitive and potentially emotionally explosive as efforts to restrict or regulate employee social media activity. And yet hospital hierarchies are routinely stepping on these political minefields as providers try to protect their reputations.
July 15, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continues to reshape itself as it adjusts to funding limits. To that end, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, has outlined a new working group structure for ONC's Health IT Policy Committee.
July 14, 2014
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The latest revelations from Edward Snowden's document leaks show that not much is beyond the grasp of the National Security Agency -- not even electronic medical records.
July 7, 2014
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As director of health information technology policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, Mark Savage keeps a close watch on healthcare information technology, along with all other aspects of patient care.
July 5, 2014
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The Office for Civil Rights, the HHS division responsible for enforcing HIPAA, is slated to get a new director after the official departure of Leon Rodriguez.
July 2, 2014
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Read through valuable insights on the changing landscape of the Healthcare IT industry today. Learn about leading practices from our thought leaders and their strategic thinking through a series of interviews by Deloitte’s key industry leaders, client interviews, research and thought leadership articles on government reform, new risk-based models such as value-based care, M&A activities, growing patient populations and increased competition amid shrinking resources that are driving transformation.
February 17, 2014
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http://www.pageturnpro.com/MedTech-Media/56077-The-Innovator-Hospital-Poised-to-Deliver-Future-Care/index.html
Collaborative care offers tremendous benefit for patients, but demands PHI accessibility across the complex healthcare environment and across multiple users and locations. Information sharing without the worry of unauthorized access or a data breach is critical to ensure patient trust and avoid regulatory fines. In a business that’s constantly changing with new technologies, such as cloud and BYOD, and offering new ways of interacting with patients and providers, the need for secure access to patient data is critical. Download the latest RSA white paper, “Cybercrime and the Healthcare Industry,” to learn about the latest cyber threats targeting patient data and key areas of consideration in implementing security and access controls to address HIPAA, Meaningful Use, and other regulations.
February 14, 2014
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From online shopping and banking to accessing personal health information, consumers are moving more of their personal lives to the Web. The explosion of digital identities and loss of customer information from data breaches is driving the need for effective consumer-facing authentication and access management tools. Yet, many organizations lack adequate controls to secure access to their consumer Web portals out of fear of disrupting the user experience. The latest Forrester Research report, “Consumer Web Portals: Platforms at Significant Security Risk,” where you will gain insight on the risks and threats.
February 14, 2014
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For enterprises looking at NGFWs, the most important consideration is: Will this new technology empower your security teams to securely enable applications to the benefit of the organization? It's not about blocking applications, but safely enabling these applications at the firewall.
January 31, 2014
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Cybersecurity has become a leading topic both within and beyond the corporate boardroom. What enterprises need to stop the escalation of cyberattacks is a network security approach that is designed from the outset to enable the safe use of the applications and technologies required to support a thriving business.
January 31, 2014
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sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/cybersecurity-imperatives.pdf
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This paper examines three different organizations, the legacy infrastructure they replaced, the Palo Alto Networks next generation security platform they deployed, and the substantial savings they realized - cutting both capital and operations costs by an average of 50%.
January 31, 2014
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Iron Mountain has prepared this primer to help you navigate the changes in HIPAA, clarify the role of vendors and other third parties, and heighten your awareness of best practices that will aid in compliance and improve the management of both paper and electronic health records.
October 21, 2013
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Many healthcare organizations are recognizing the need for a more efficient and effective approach for addressing the HIPAA Security and Privacy rules, and other evolving compliance and security challenges. This paper explores one such solution: unified security monitoring. Unified security monitoring goes well beyond simplifying and automating HIPAA compliance. With always-on coverage and protection, it provides a mechanism for strengthening a healthcare organization’s overall security posture, while reducing ongoing operational risk.
October 9, 2013
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Are you prepared for the HITECH Omnibus Final Rule effective Sept 23, 2013? The final ruling has far reaching authority and penalties for noncompliance; unfortunately, most are unclear what the requirements mean for their organization and how to secure protected health information (PHI).
September 17, 2013
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Healthcare organizations are increasingly dependent on web-based technologies to improve patient engagement and address government incentive and regulatory requirements. The success of electronic healthcare record (EHR) initiatives depend on how effectively patients can obtain and manage their health related information securely online.
August 28, 2013
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Patient engagement and electronic HIE are the game changers of Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, which were designed to further expand the meaningful use of certified EHR technology. For patient engagement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services added two core objectives – providing patients with online access to health information and providing secure messaging between patient and provider. This white paper highlights results from a study conducted by IDR Medical GmbH that surveyed 1,000 U.S.-based patients regarding their attitude toward patient portal technologies. Find out why the results show strong validation for imaging portal demand and need.
August 28, 2013
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sites/default/files/resource-media/pdf/carestream_white_paper_updated_082813.pdf
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Cloud-based Microsoft Exchange service features all the mission critical enterprise-class communication and collaboration capabilities of an in-house solution without the unpredictable costs and management headaches. With flexible customization options, healthcare organizations can seamlessly move to a cloud-based solution without compromising security or altering their current encryption approach.
May 23, 2013
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While role-based access control has uses in every industry, healthcare systems in particular can benefit from a proper implementation of these solutions.
August 26, 2013
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As healthcare providers rely more and more on evolving technologies to store and transmit their data, compliance has become an increasingly complex landscape to navigate.
August 2, 2013
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I have been following the news about the National Security Agency (NSA) access to our phone records with great interest. If we as a society don’t sort some of this out, we’ll see a repeat in the health sector a few years from now.
June 26, 2013
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The vision, as described by Amit Singhal, who is in charge of search for Google, is that instead of typing words into a box, we will have conversations with Google, enabling a much more personalized experience. If you apply this thinking to healthcare, several controversies/topics come to the fore.
May 24, 2013
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Every organization is considering “cloud” approaches for their business, yet if you ask “what is cloud” you’ll get a wide range of answers. This variety of cloud options has an impact on healthcare organizations, especially those contemplating a future cloud strategy aligned to regulatory compliance.
May 6, 2013
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If you’re an IT vendor who services healthcare clients, you’re no doubt well-acquainted with HIPAA compliance rules. And chances are that lately you’ve been hearing rumblings about the new HIPAA Omnibus rule.
April 26, 2013
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All organizations have a business imperative to control risk. For healthcare companies that corporate responsibility extends to the protection of ePHI within their organization.
April 3, 2013
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To put it mildly, the transition to EHRs comes freighted with a whole host of expectations.
February 7, 2013
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Were you run over by the HIPAA bus yesterday? The Omnibus final rule finally landed with a crunch last night. If you check out #HIPAAbus, you'll see my notes from my blaze through with page numbers.
January 18, 2013
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t’s time for some New Year’s resolutions; and they have nothing to do with eating right, losing weight or exercising. Instead, they have everything to do with protecting against the organizational and financial stresses of data breaches.
January 8, 2013
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As I travel the country, I find that CIOs everywhere are struggling with BYOD in particular but remote access more generally.
November 30, 2012
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Just two and a half years after hosting a workshop on the HIPAA Privacy Rule's de-identification standard, OCR has issued its "Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information in Accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule."
November 29, 2012
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