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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Most health organizations are under-prepared to protect patient privacy and secure personal health information as new uses for digital health data emerge and access to confidential patient information expands, according to a new report from PwC's Health Research Institute.
September 22, 2011
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A new health research initiative called the Health Care Cost Institute was launched Tuesday, providing researchers and policymakers access to medical claims data from four major insurers and the federal government in order to offer new insights into healthcare costs, utilization and intensity.
September 20, 2011
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University of Utah engineers say wireless technology will one day be used to noninvasively measure the breathing of surgery patients, adults with sleep apnea and babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
September 19, 2011
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Two recent vendor announcements indicate physicians are asking hospitals for greater access through their smartphones, both to access medical records and locked doors or workstations.
September 16, 2011
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Leon Rodriguez, a former prosecutor and healthcare provider lawyer, has taken the reins as director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which oversees health information privacy. The Health and Human Services Department announced his appointment Sept. 13.
September 14, 2011
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Time Warner Cable Business Class has commenced a trial of healthcare services in Maine, offering providers the ability to communicate and transact with each other and patients over a secure community intranet that meets federal privacy and security standards.
September 14, 2011
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Sept. 12 was a big day for healthcare IT. Federal officials hosted a Consumer Health IT Summit, jam-packed with new initiatives to advance HIT. The event was charged with a wave of energy toward grass roots change, specifically supporting patient-centered care.
September 12, 2011
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According to a statement from Stanford Hospitals & Clinics, the breach that exposed the medical records of 20,000 emergency patients "was not caused by the hospital and responsibility has been assumed by a contractor working with the vendor."
September 12, 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.
September 9, 2011
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Patient data lost while in the hands of a business associate becomes "extraordinarily" difficult to track, says one expert, who identified data-centric protection as a way to safeguard information like that recently exposed at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
September 8, 2011
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The American Hospital Association last month became the latest healthcare group to advise 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.
September 8, 2011
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Seventy-five percent of individuals working at U.S. healthcare provider institutions use social media for professional purposes, according to a new survey.
September 8, 2011
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