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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The University of California at Los Angeles Health System will pay $865,500 in HIPAA fines after an investigation found that its employees had been peeking at the electronic personal health information of numerous patients.
July 7, 2011
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Symantec has introduced the new Allscripts Privacy & Security Risk Assessment. The tool automates the paper-based process of assessing a medical practice's privacy and security risks and is designed to help physicians qualify for federal incentives for EHR adoption.
July 7, 2011
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“There has never been a better time to be innovating in health and wellness,” Steve Krein, CEO of the just-launched StartUp Health, said last month.
July 5, 2011
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When it comes to using social media, fear of violating HIPAA rules is top of mind for physicians, but experts say if they can adhere to privacy regulations, the technology’s benefits are far reaching.
July 5, 2011
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The government has found a new high-tech way to crack down on fraud in the Medicare program – predictive modeling. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said it would launch the initiative on July 1.
July 5, 2011
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– No matter what happens politically or in policy circles, "seismic shifts" are going to occur in healthcare, and IT needs to be a major part of reshaping the landscape, according to H. Stephen Lieber, president and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
July 5, 2011
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The comment period ended on June 6 for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposed rule on accountable care organizations (ACOs).
July 5, 2011
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The Department of Veterans Affairs expects on Oct. 1 to let clinicians in its hospitals and other employees use mobile devices – likely Apple’s iPhone among others – once they are verified as secure and that any personal information stored on them is encrypted.
July 1, 2011
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A study released this week shows that 68 percent of Facebook users have never shared – and never plan to share – personal health information on the social networking site.
June 29, 2011
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The increase of mobile devices, embedded devices, virtualization software, social media and the consumerization of IT are the top five security threats for healthcare organizations today, says one expert.
June 28, 2011
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The Internet has not only transformed how consumers gain access to health information, it is also significantly changing how they seek comfort during a health crisis, according to new research from Minneapolis marketing firm, Russell Herder.
June 28, 2011
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"Hospitals are missing their opportunity" to boost patient engagement online, says one expert, who notes that a successful Web project requires a hybrid of marketing expertise and technology.
June 28, 2011
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