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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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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A new survey from Xerox Corporation shows that more needs to be done to convince patients that their personal health information is secure in electronic health records.
July 22, 2011
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Medical associations, health systems and research institutions wanting to improve how they interact with their members are increasingly turning to social media. But unlike other industries, healthcare hasn't been able to reap the benefit this type of collaboration can provide, says one expert.
July 21, 2011
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Verizon, alongside Northrop Grumman and WellPoint subsidiary National Government Services, has helped develop a technology for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that improves detection and prevention of fraud and waste.
July 21, 2011
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Proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act establish standards that would be difficult for providers to meet and should be scaled back, according to comments filed by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
July 21, 2011
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Mayo Clinic continues to demonstrate its leadership in social media. This month it launched its own social network for patients and caregivers, and it recently became one of the largest U.S. medical centers to establish a Spanish-language presence online.
July 21, 2011
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Mobile devices have become as common as the stethoscope in patients' rooms since they're ideal for information sharing and time savings – but they pose huge security risks to patient information, experts say.
July 21, 2011
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