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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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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In healthcare, virtually nothing is black and white. From Obamacare to varying payment and care models, healthcare issues live in the land of gray and opaque where dissenting opinions reign. The idea of patient privacy and consent proves no exception.
September 25, 2013
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When OCR Director Leon Rodriguez took the stage Sept. 23 at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security Forum, the timing was perfect. With the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule taking effect on the same day, Rodriguez talked to the increased enforcement to come.
September 24, 2013
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OCR Director Leon Rodriguez offered new details on the Omnibus Final Rule as he took the stage at the two-day Healthcare IT News and HIMSSMedia Privacy & Security Forum in Boston.
September 23, 2013
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Long looked upon warily by healthcare security experts, cloud technology could soon find more favor as new rules bring clarity and assign responsibility for privacy protections.
September 20, 2013
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