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Lincare to Pay $240K in Civil Penalties for HIPAA Privacy Rule Violation

February 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Lincare, a provider of respiratory and infusion therapy and medical equipment to in-home patients, has been ordered to pay $239,800 in civil money penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

ONC Addresses HIPAA's Role in Interoperability

February 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides many pathways for permissibly exchanging Protected Health Information (PHI), the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) says in a recent blog post and fact sheet.

HHS Proposes to Modernize Privacy Rules on Substance Abuse Records

February 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) today announced proposed revisions to the privacy rules governing substance abuse medical records to facilitate health information exchange in support of delivery system reform.

Hacking Accounted for 98 Percent of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015, Report Says

February 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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While lost and theft of employee devices accounted for the majority (68 percent) of healthcare data breaches in 2014, last year was a different story, with 98 percent of breaches due to hacking, according to a Bitglass Healthcare Breach Report.

Why CHIME’s NPID Challenge is Necessary for Healthcare’s Future

January 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In an important patient care development last week, CHIME announced a $1 million National Patient ID (NPID) Challenge, which is a significant step in the right direction given the current healthcare landscape

EHNAC, NH-ISAC Sign Memorandum to Support Cybersecurity Initiatives

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Health...

Health Insurer Centene Loses Hard Drives Containing PHI of 950K Members

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Centene Corp., the St. Louis, Mo.-based health insurer, has acknowledged that it is internally searching for six hard drives that contain personal health information (PHI) of approximately 950,000 individuals.

Survey: Application Vulnerabilities are Top Cybersecurity Concern for Senior Health IT Execs

January 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The exploitation of vulnerabilities in web, mobile and cloud-based applications is the top concern of healthcare IT executives, according to a recent survey from the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Burlington, Mass...

Report: Human Element is the Weakest Link in Healthcare Cybersecurity Infrastructure

January 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare is the most targeted sector for cyber attacks, yet it’s also the least prepared, and the human element in the healthcare cybersecurity infrastructure continues to be the weakest link, according to an Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (...

Blue Shield of California Data Breach Exposes Info of 21K Patients

January 20, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Health insurer Blue Shield of California has acknowledged a data breach in which an unauthorized user gained access into a data system of one of the payer’s vendors.

FDA Releases Cybersecurity Guidelines for Medical Device Manufacturers

January 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidelines for device manufacturers to manage postmarket cybersecurity vulnerabilities for medical devices.

Washington Debrief: Agency Seeks Input on Quality Reporting and CEHRT

January 11, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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CMS recently released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on quality measure reporting and certified EHRs.

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