BYOD, Security Healthcare IT Executives Top Concerns
The rising tide of smartphones and other mobile computing devices and their impact on healthcare information network security were the key concerns raised by healthcare IT executives in a focus group session and a subsequent report by HIMSS Analytics.
No Encryption Results In Largest Reported PHI Data Breach
One warm night in mid-July, more than 4 million patient records breezed out the door of the Advocate Medical Group administrative office in Park Ridge, Ill., in the arms of an unidentified thief who stole four computers from the largest medical group in Illinois. The 1,100-physician medical group is part of the 11-hospital Advocate Health Care system.
Five Best Practices For Healthcare To Enhance Privacy And Data Security
Healthcare institutions should emulate best-of-breed privacy polices developed by financial services firms rather than other hospitals, recommends William Tanenbaum, partner at New York-based technology law firm Kaye Scholer LLP.
HIPAA Becomes More Diffucult Today With Omnibus Rule Compliance
Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is a serious looking guy. It would be no stretch to say intimidating, even, as the tall, broad-shouldered director represents the face of the more-stringent-than-ever HIPAA Omnibus Rule – compliance date of Sept. 23. The new rule promises to bring hefty fines, more audits and added enforcement pertaining to the issue of patients’ protected health information.
Medical Organization Experiences Big Financial Wins With EHR Technology
The physician and medical director for informatics at Worcester, Mass.-based Reliant Medical Group has seen electronic health records make big, real life changes both financially and clinically, and now he’s set out to spread the word.
As eligible providers throughout the healthcare industry prepares for the start of Meaningful Use Stage 2 in January 2013 of the CMS EHR Incentive Program, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is starting to design Meaningful Use Stage 3 requirements with a dual focus on EHR functionality and healthcare outcomes.
The ONC And OCR Releases HIPAA Omnibus Rule Compliant Privacy Notices
With the HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance date of Monday, September 23rd, the Office of the National Coordinator and the HHS Office for Civil Rights are giving a hand to providers and payers, issuing examples of the notices of privacy practices that must be furnished to patients and plan members under the law.
OCR Director Says “Increased HIPAA Enforcement To Come”
When Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodgriguez took the stage on Monday, September 23rd to talk HIPAA at the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Privacy and Security Forum, the timing was perfect.
HHS Estimates 32.8 Million Hours Of Interaction Required To Comply With HIPAA Privacy And Security Rules
About 3,720 years ago, the Code of Hammurabi and the founding of the Babylonian Empire were already old news, but war chariots were about to become the hottest thing in weapons technology. Put another way, that’s roughly 32.8 million hours ago.
The federal government’s health information technology leader Farzad Mostashari made his final comments before a key policy committee, as the Office of the National Coordinator carries on the still evolving task of meaningful use.
You would be justified in wondering whether the Office of the National Coordinator might soon see its influence wane since EHR adoption having reached critical mass and meaningful use incentive funding dwindling toward the halfway point. But you’d be wrong, says Farzad Mostashari, MD.
HHS Launches HIE Patient Engagement Online Resource
For healthcare providers and organizations looking to brush up on laws and policies surrounding electronic health information exchange, or wanting some tips on patient eConsent engagement, look no further.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued final guidance for mobile medical application developers, promising limited regulation for most health and wellness apps while applying risk-based standards to diagnostic and quasi-medical device apps.