Privacy & Security

By Molly Merrill 10:28 am September 10, 2010
South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Mass., which reported in July that back-up patient data for approximately 800,000 individuals went missing, has completed its investigation. In light of the findings, officials said they would no longer send out individual notices, instead publishing them on organizations' websites, and in offices and in state...
By Mary Mosquera 09:43 am September 09, 2010
A new federal health IT advisory panel is at work on setting up a means of governing the nationwide health information network (NHIN) in a way that will earn the trust of healthcare providers and consumers and expand its use by the healthcare community.
By Chris Anderson 10:43 am September 08, 2010
In an effort to help financial institutions understand how the HITECH Act and HIPAA directly affects their operations, four industry trade groups recently banded together to release a white paper "Compliance Guidelines for Financial Institutions in the Healthcare Sector: HITECH and the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules."
By Diana Manos 10:23 am September 08, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services withdrew its final breach notification rule for unsecured protected health information. Withdrawal of the rule came in late July, just days before the Rite Aid Corp. agreed to pay $1 million to settle potential violations of federal privacy rules.
By Molly Merrill 10:14 am September 08, 2010
As details about the back-up files that went missing from a Massachusetts hospital emerge, it's apparent that even with HHS' new proposed rules on security and privacy set to take effect soon, hospitals may still have to do more when it comes to protecting patient data.
By Molly Merrill 09:53 am September 08, 2010
Preventing patient data breaches is cited as the number one priority for healthcare IT decision makers, but work remains for complying with security regulations, according to a national survey that examines IT trends in healthcare.

By Bernie Monegain 09:56 am September 01, 2010
People want to be informed and asked for consent before deciding whether to share their genetic information in a federal database, according to a Group Health study that bills itself as the first to ask patients about sharing their data.
By Molly Merrill 04:47 pm August 31, 2010
Forty-six organizations have showed their support for the Markle Foundation's recommendations for privacy and security practices for the "blue button," which would allow patients to have instant access to their healthcare records.
By Bernie Monegain 10:26 am August 27, 2010
The convergence of personal health records and mobile communication devices may offer the right tool to engage consumers to use technology for self-care, taking cost out of the healthcare system, according to a new Deloitte Issue Brief from the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.
By Johnathan Warner 10:29 am August 25, 2010
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced that the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis will partner with the Indiana Health Information Exchange on a pilot to securely exchange electronic health data via the Nationwide Health Information Network.