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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Diebold, Inc. has partnered with Austin-based healthcare IT security firm CynergisTek to launch a new portfolio of on-demand and managed security solutions.
May 5, 2011
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– "I see healthcare as in many ways the torture test for networking," said Kiren Sekar, director of marketing at San Francisco-based wireless firm Meraki.
May 4, 2011
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Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced legislation to make doctors' Medicare claims data public for the first time.
May 4, 2011
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Department of Health and Human Services officials have launched a new program, developed under the Affordable Care Act, aimed at eliminating medical errors on a national scale.
May 4, 2011
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More than half of IT professionals (51 percent) do not think their IT Service Management (ITSM) processes are mature enough to effectively manage cloud-based services, and 26 percent believe their organizations aren't ready, while the remaining 23 percent are unsure, according to a new survey.
May 3, 2011
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The Institute for Health Technology Transformation has released a report that compiles what key health IT experts from across the United States view as the best ways to engage patients in the digital age.
May 3, 2011
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News sites still remain the most trusted online healthcare resource (68 percent), while user-generated contributions on Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs are used less frequently (54 percent), according to results from a national consumer survey conducted by Makovsky + Company.
May 2, 2011
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Despite a rise in the discipline of employees for their activities on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn there is still much work to be done around procedures for enforcing social media policy, according to a survey fielded by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and its affiliated Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).
May 2, 2011
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A new tool from Boston-based UbiCare aims to provide a look at the U.S. healthcare industry's use of Facebook and fan engagement.
April 28, 2011
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According to a recent survey of U.S. physicians, 61 percent intend to own an iPhone by the end of 2011. This is up from 39 percent at the beginning of the year and compares with the iPhone's 24.7 percent adoption among general U.S. smartphone users.
April 28, 2011
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The Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC), Microsoft, CSC and HealthUnity Corporation recently held a Twitter session detailing the development of the MetroChicago Health Information Exchange, which is touted as the largest metropolitan HIE in the nation, serving more than 9.4 million people.
April 28, 2011
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Two former U.S. senators, one a Republican, the other a Democrat, do not have to cross the aisle to work together. Tom Daschle, the Democrat who represented South Dakota from 1987 to 2005, and Bob Bennett, the Republican who represented Utah from 1993 to 2011, pretty much see eye to eye these days – at least on the subject of health information technology.
April 26, 2011
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