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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Working on the patient portal portion of Stage 2 meaningful use? Officials at Mayo Clinic can offer some valuable insight into their own portal rollout -- challenges that have arisen, privacy concerns and how to do it right.
May 30, 2014
Working to spur more innovative approaches and complete understanding of pain management, six federal agencies have teamed to centralize data on pain research.
May 29, 2014
Information is money. And data brokers, companies that mine consumers' personal information and sell to the highest bidder, know this more than anyone. Their practices in collecting said data, however, have recently come under fire.
May 28, 2014
When it comes to privacy and security, healthcare IT leaders have their hands full. The Privacy & Security Forum, which will take place in San Diego, will help healthcare organizations address these challenges and mitigate risk throughout their organizations.
May 28, 2014
Returning service members are looking for jobs. Healthcare IT departments are desperate for qualified candidates. What special skill sets can veterans bring to the table?
May 26, 2014
There's a little bit of good news in the healthcare IT arena: CEOs and CIOs are quickly moving to make hiring chief information security officers a top priority.
May 20, 2014
A keystroke logger infecting three computers has been blamed for swiping the medical and financial data of UC Irvine Student Health Center patients.
May 19, 2014
Kaiser Permanente's Jim Doggett talks about the policies and practices that go into the planning of a secure environment.
May 14, 2014
A cyber threat response drill for healthcare organizations conducted this past month highlighted some serious challenges facing healthcare security professionals.
May 13, 2014
To those shirking their HIPAA privacy and security duties: get ready to pay up. That's the message the Department of Health and Human Services is sending after it set records Wednesday for imposing the largest HIPAA monetary fine to date on two entities found to be seriously lacking in the security arena.
May 8, 2014
HIE among U.S. non-federal acute care hospitals has been trending upward since 2008, in fact, and it took some major leaps forward in 2013.
May 6, 2014
When even the Department of Homeland Security is warning against using Internet Explorer, it's a safe bet its security flaws are serious. But for many healthcare providers -- notably those still running on Windows XP -- IE's recently-exposed vulnerabilities won't be fixed by Microsoft.
May 1, 2014
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
When I read a headline like "Privacy advocates hail stimulus bills," I immediately wonder which privacy advocates.
February 5, 2009
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