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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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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MEDSEEK, a portal developer, has announced the connection of WNC Health Network's health information exchange, WNC Data Link, to the Veterans Administration's Health Information Systems Technology Architecture (VistA).
August 18, 2011
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Just three weeks after its iPad-native EHR made news for gaining ONC-ATCB-certification, drchrono has launched an iOS app to replace paper-based patient check-in.
August 18, 2011
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Even as Oklahoma and Kansas recently said ‘no thanks’ to federal money aimed at helping them with the health information technology platform needed to create health insurance exchanges, the Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury last week awarded $185M more to drive the creation of the exchanges across the country.
August 15, 2011
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Arien Malec, who coordinated the development of the Direct Project exchange protocols, is leaving the government's Office of the National Coordinator to return to the private sector.
August 12, 2011
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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recently launched its new Health Information Organization, which will coordinate the Granite State's public- and private-sector health technology IT initiatives.
August 9, 2011
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