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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With more than 60 Democrats joining the Republican majority, the House of Representatives this past Friday approved a bill that seeks to stem the effects of security breaches on HealthCare.gov.
January 13, 2014
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As cyberattacks targeting healthcare organizations reach record heights, a new partnership initiative has set its sights on getting the industry's threat response on track and ready to go.
January 13, 2014
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Leon Rodriguez will be vacating his post as HHS Office for Civil Rights director to assume a new position as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services director at Homeland Security, leaving a vacancy open for the job of HIPAA's chief enforcer.
January 10, 2014
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As more than 2 million people enroll in health plans through HealthCare.gov, congressional Republicans have a new strategy to chip away at Obamacare: Put the focus on the website's security vulnerabilities.
January 3, 2014
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In the world of HIPAA privacy and security breaches, 2013 was a big year, and the last days of December proved no exception.
January 2, 2014
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As we close out 2013 and look forward to a fresh new year, we present you with 10 stories that had you, our readers, most captivated. They inlcude news about IRS troubles and EHR breakdown at a major hospital system. Bad news seems compelling. But so does good news, in the form of lists.
December 31, 2013
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An unencrypted USB drive ended up costing one dermatology practice, which has settled with the Department of Health and Human Services for failing to address HITECH's breach notification provisions.
December 30, 2013
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Driven by increasing demand for clinical information technology and administrative tools, the North American healthcare IT market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent, set to reach $31.3 billion by 2017 from $21.9 billion in 2012, according to a new report from Research and Markets.
December 30, 2013
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From the start, 2013 brought more focus to the issue of interoperability than ever before, and there is no sign the interest will abate. After all, interoperability is critical to data exchange.
December 26, 2013
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HIPAA may have just complicated a laboratory company's bankruptcy filing after HHS lawyers argued Laboratory Partners Inc. needed to get permission from former customers before selling their protected health information as part of the bankruptcy auction deal.
December 20, 2013
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Every year, Coalfire, an IT governance, risk and compliance firm, names its top 5 information security and compliance predictions for the new year. And this time around, healthcare data breaches made the cut.
December 19, 2013
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HIMSS is working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through HHS' Innovator in Residence program, to develop a strategy for nationwide patient data matching.
December 18, 2013
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