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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IT security is complicated, made even more so by the dynamic nature of technology and the ever challenging threat landscape. It may be best to think of IT security as a chronic illness, a condition that requires ongoing treatment, testing, and re-evaluations.
February 19, 2014
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Onsite Occupational Health and Safety has tapped UPMC to provide second opinions and medical consultations in Afghanistan via telemedicine services.
February 19, 2014
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Federal HIPAA violation penalties may be capped at $1.5 million per incident per year, but there's also state and regional fines for those disregarding privacy and security laws. And one health group is learning that the hard way.
February 18, 2014
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Whether looking to draw attention to their practices, experiment with new technology or simply have a bit of fun with their otherwise dreary financial operations, several American medical professionals are now accepting bitcoins, the Web-based virtual currency, in addition to dollars.
February 18, 2014
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To help organizations protect their data assets from the increasing number of cyber attacks, the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology this week released a cybersecurity framework groups can use to create, assess or improve comprehensive cybersecurity programs.
February 14, 2014
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Two Midwest health information exchanges, Tiger Institute Health Alliance and Lewis and Clark Information Exchange, are now able to share the data of 2.5 million patients across Missouri and Kansas.
February 13, 2014
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Last month, the Identity Theft Resource Center produced a survey showing that medical-related identity theft accounted for 43 percent of all identity thefts reported in the United States in 2013. According to HHS, the theft of a computer or other electronic device is involved in more than half of medical-related security breaches.
February 11, 2014
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When talking HIPAA privacy and security, the numbers do most of the talking.
February 6, 2014
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In one of the biggest HIPAA security breaches reported, hackers accessed a server from a Texas healthcare system, compromising the protected health information of some 405,000 individuals.
February 5, 2014
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The ONC's Health IT Policy Committee's Privacy and Security Tiger Team is calling for public comment on privacy and policy concerns surrounding patients giving access to their health information.
February 4, 2014
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The Department of Health and Human Services has made changes to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, giving patients and their designees direct access to laboratory test reports.
February 3, 2014
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If you're shirking your security systems' obligations all to save a few pennies, better think again. Chances are, it will end up costing much more down the road -- a whopping $1.6 billion more.
February 3, 2014
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There's been a lot of talk about privacy protections, or lack thereof, in electronic health records, particularly in context of the economic stimulus proposal that includes $20 billion for health IT.
February 13, 2009
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When I read a headline like "Privacy advocates hail stimulus bills," I immediately wonder which privacy advocates.
February 5, 2009
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Transparency, in the form of a complete, patient-centered and accessible health record is a policy principle that can drive the next wave of health care innovation. Investing exclusively in institutional EHRs will further stifle efficiency, innovation and improvement.
January 29, 2009
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