Providing a Frontline of Defense for PHI

April 16, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
As the rapidly evolving healthcare industry faces increasing challenges to keeping PHI protected, there is a growing need to ensure knowledgeable and credentialed security and privacy practitioners are in place to protect this sensitive information. Health IT...

Michigan Long Term Care HIPAA Breach Affects 2,595 Patients

April 8, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has issued a notice of a data breach that occurred when a laptop computer and flash drive containing the personal information of about 2,595 patients were stolen from an employee of the State Long Term Care (LTC...

HHS Reveals Security Risk Assessment Tool

March 28, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide healthcare providers in small to medium-sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available HHS.

Enabling Independent Physicians to Hit Quality and Cost Goals

March 27, 2014     John DeGaspari
Independent physicians are under the same mandates as their employed counterparts to offer the best possible care for their patients at the lowest possible costs. Yet independent practices often lack the IT infrastructure and tools to achieve those goals. In...

Gaining Perspective on Patient Engagement Through Social Media

March 19, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
On the surface, the idea of getting clinicians to interact with patients on social media comes with much apprehension and worry. But after a recent conversation with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City about their doctor-patient Facebook chats...

Survey: Data Breaches Decline Slightly, But Threat Remains High

March 12, 2014     David Raths
Although employee negligence, such as a lost laptop, continues to be at the root of most data breaches, criminal attacks on hospitals are on the increase, warns the Ponemon Institute’s Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security.

Rhode Island Hospital First in U.S. to Study Google Glass in ED

March 12, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Rhode Island Hospital in Providence says it is the first hospital in the U.S. to use Google Glass in an emergency department setting.

Keeping Data Safe

March 3, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
The inability of retail giants like Target and Neiman Marcus to protect customer data from an alleged foreign hacker got national attention recently. But when a large healthcare system experiences a security breach that puts the protected health information (...

When it Comes to Federal Mandates, Have Physicians Reached Their Boiling Point?

February 28, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Federal mandates have been piling up on physicians, one after the other. At HIMSS14 this week, their anger was evident and their frustration is only growing. Will there be any relief coming?

HIMSS Survey: Providers Making mHealth Progress

February 26, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Providers are using mobile devices to view patient information, but they are still early in their adoption and implementation of mHealth, according to a HIMSS Analytics survey published at the HIMSS 2014 conference.

Moving to the Cloud? The Contract is Key

February 25, 2014     John DeGaspari
In an educational session on Monday, called “Hidden Pitfalls of the Cloud, Mobile technology and Mobile Data,” Lee Kim, director of privacy and security at HIMSS and Steven J. Fox, an attorney with Post & Schell, P.C., gave practical advice for provider...

The Evolving Set of Privacy Controls

February 24, 2014     John DeGaspari
What are the essentials to get privacy right? In a pre-conference education presentation, “Privacy and Security Challenges and Opportunities in Healthcare Identity,” Barry Hieb, M.D., chief scientist at Global Patient Identifiers, Inc., Tucson, Ariz., laid out...
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