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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A bill in California aimed at strengthening the state's existing data breach notification requirements will become law on January 1, 2012.
September 8, 2011
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Verizon has announced a suite of new features for its cloud-based healthcare identity services, supporting identity standards for accessing EHRs and health information exchanges, as well as credentials for e-prescribing.
September 1, 2011
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The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association has requested that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reconsider a proposal to require the submission of patient-level data as it pilots electronic submissions of clinical quality measures.
August 31, 2011
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A new survey on protected health information (PHI) privacy breaches found that 70 percent of the participants had suffered one or more breaches within the last 12 months.
August 30, 2011
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A new cloud-based electronic health record is expected to make its debut in the EHR market this fall. Developed by Miami-based CareCloud, the EHR is in beta, according to the company's executive vice president Richard Lopez del Rincon, who anticipates taking clients live Oct. 1.
August 30, 2011
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As the accreditor selected by the Office of the National Coordinator to oversee the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology, the American National Standards Institute announced Thursday it's open for business.
August 26, 2011
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One day after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia, two new surveys by the American Red Cross suggest that the uptick seen on sites such as Twitter and Facebook is part of a growing trend of Americans turning to social media in response to emergencies.
August 25, 2011
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Children's Clinics for Rehabilitative Services in Southern Arizona is using fingerprint biometrics to increase access to – and the security of – its new electronic health record system.
August 23, 2011
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs plans to offer its physicians commercial cloud-based software-as-a-service collaborative tools to improve communications while also reducing data breaches.
August 23, 2011
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Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, has launched a health information exchange in Houston that's billed as the first of its kind.
August 23, 2011
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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has announced the Outsourced Services Accreditation Program for Health Information Exchange Services (OSAP-HIE), which will evaluate outsourced HIE vendors against high standards of quality in handling protected health information.
August 22, 2011
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is testing the use of certain metadata standards in pilots with Indiana and Montana through the state health information exchange program.
August 19, 2011
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