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.
Privacy hindering EHR progress, say researchers
HHS proposes new privacy, security rules
With the deadline for the HIPAA Omnibus Rule less than a week away, the Office of the National Coordinator and the HHS Office for Civil Rights are giving a hand to providers and payers, issuing examples of the notices of privacy practices that must be furnished to patients and plan members under the law.
September 17, 2013
Health giant Kaiser Permanente is notifying patients of a HIPAA privacy breach after an emailed attachment containing the protected health information of patients was sent to a recipient outside the Kaiser network.
September 13, 2013
Medical identity theft is on the rise and hasn't shown signs of slowing down any time soon, according to a new report released Thursday.
September 12, 2013
In a bid to smooth data exchange between disparate technology systems, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched a collaborative project to seek out common denominators and best practices being used for patient matching by private healthcare systems and other federal agencies.
September 11, 2013
In a Meritalk survey of 200 government IT decision makers, 84 percent of respondents indicated that the Big Five initiatives, if exercised today, would create bottlenecks because their network load would have to increase by a whopping 79 percent. A mere 12 percent suggested their infrastructure is robust enough.
September 10, 2013
With huge new revisions to federal privacy and security regulations set to take full effect Sept. 23, the American Medical Association has published a new toolkit to help physician practices understand and comply with the new rules.
September 9, 2013
A debt collection agency that contracted with University of Chicago Physicians Group is notifying nearly 1,400 patients that their protected health information, insurance data and Social Security numbers have been compromised after being accessible to viewers on the Internet.
September 9, 2013
Advocate Health Care, who in August reported the second largest HIPAA data breach to date after four unencrypted laptops were stolen from its facility, compromising the protected health information and Social Security numbers of more than 4 million people, has now been slapped with a class action lawsuit filed by patients.
September 6, 2013
National Health IT Week, now in its eighth year, should continue to be a big success in helping to educate Congress and the public on the importance of health IT, said a group of HIMSS officials at a webinar on Wednesday.
September 5, 2013
A St. Louis suburb-based orthodontist office is notifying 10,000 patients that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised following the recent burglary of company computers and hardware.
September 3, 2013
Hundreds of patients seen at the medical group practice of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School are being notified that their protected health information has been compromised after an unencrypted laptop was discovered missing from a medical clinic.
August 29, 2013
In the second biggest HIPAA breach ever reported, one of the nation's largest healthcare systems is notifying millions of patients that their protected health information and Social Security numbers have been compromised after the theft of four unencrypted company computers.
August 26, 2013