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 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is hosting the Sixth Annual National Health IT Week Sept. 12-16, 2011 in Washington, DC.
August 3, 2011
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The American Hospital Association is the latest healthcare group to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reconsider its accounting of disclosures rule, included in proposed changes to the HIPAA privacy rule under the HITECH Act.
August 3, 2011
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Once it allows employees and clinicians in its hospitals to start using iPhones and iPads on the job on Oct. 1, the biggest issue for the Department of Veterans Affairs is information security.
July 29, 2011
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The Department of Defense Military Health System has awarded a $9 million contract to Arlington, Va.-based Vangent for 24/7 application support for the Defense Health Services Systems Program Executive Office.
July 29, 2011
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Lifestyle-based analytics may be an "emerging" predictive health model, but experts note that it's "simply taking data that we already have at our fingertips" and analyzing it in ways that weren't possible before.
July 28, 2011
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Mac McMillan, CEO of Austin, Texas-based IT security firm CynergisTek and chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force, has some strong opinions about privacy protections in healthcare nowadays. The short version? Things could be a lot better.
July 28, 2011
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Given the significant financial and reputational costs that result from security breaches, healthcare providers must understand the importance of expanding and enhancing employee data security training before a breach event occurs, said Brian Lapidus, COO of the Fraud Solutions division of Kroll, a New York City-based risk mitigation company.
July 28, 2011
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EMR and mobile medical app companies have little to fear concerning the guidelines put out by the FDA, according to healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information.
July 28, 2011
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Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and foursquare may be important keys to improving the public health system's ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, according to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine.
July 28, 2011
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NHS Scotland has confirmed a purchase of a single sign-on and password reset solution from Lexington, Mass.-based Imprivata. The financial terms of the deal were not revealed.
July 28, 2011
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If you are a woman, between the ages of 25–44, non-Hispanic white, employed, college educated, have an income at or above 300 percent of the federal poverty level and have private health insurance, you are more likely to use the Internet to search for health information, according to a recent survey.
July 26, 2011
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Rumors about electronic medical records continue to persist, but one vendor is trying to separate the myths from the facts.
July 26, 2011
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