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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The patient identification issue refuses to go away, mainly because nobody has quite figured out how to assure proper patient identity in health information exchange. At the CHIME Fall CIO Forum in Phoenix, some leading hospital CIOs emphasized the importance of accurate patient matching.
October 15, 2013
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The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to be one of the biggest offenders of HIPAA privacy and security rules and has reported egregious breaches in recent years, affecting millions of veterans and active service members.
October 14, 2013
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It's been almost two weeks since Obamacare's federal insurance exchange website went live, was inundated with traffic, went weird, was taken down for maintenance, then came back online still filled with glitches. Why did such a crucial site fail at such a critical moment? And what are the lessons that can be learned?
October 11, 2013
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A Tennessee-based healthcare provider is notifying thousands of patients that their protected health information has been compromised following a privacy breach due to unencryption. The incident has prompted the hospital to move its records to an encrypted cloud-based server.
October 10, 2013
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UnityPoint Health in West Des Moines, Iowa, is notifying 1,800 patients that their protected health records have been compromised after it was discovered that an employee of the health system's third party contractor gained unauthorized access to patient records.
October 3, 2013
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A San Jose, Calif.-based hospital is notifying patients that their protected health information has been compromised after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from the hospital over the weekend.
October 2, 2013
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The market for software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service technologies is set to explode in Asia in the next half-decade, growing at a compound annual rate of 22.3 percent between now and 2018.
October 1, 2013
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Some healthcare IT initiatives are easier to explain in succinct terms than others. ICD-10 and meaningful use are relatively simple to define, for instance. But patient engagement is a term that means different things to different organizations.
October 1, 2013
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Large majorities of Americans have concerns about the security of their electronic health records, and more than two-thirds of patients say their physicians have not adequately explained the switch to digital records, a new poll shows.
September 30, 2013
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With bring your own device policies at healthcare organizations seeing an upward trend across the country, many say there's good reason to be apprehensive -- resistant even -- to the BYOD movement.
September 27, 2013
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A Florida hospital has notified thousands of patients that their protected health information and Social Security numbers may have been inappropriately accessed by a former employee for tax fraud purposes.
September 26, 2013
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Security breaches are no fun. Your organization's name is splashed all over the news. Your reputation takes a hit. Your patients' trust is eroded. And the prospect of a hefty monetary settlement is something few want to think about. But it's not the end of the world.
September 25, 2013
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