Nebraska Med Center Fires Two Employees for Violating Ebola Patient’s Privacy

September 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha has fired two workers accused of violating an Ebola patient’s privacy by looking at his medical file, according to various news outlets.

Washington Debrief: More Cyber Attacks Forthcoming, Warns OCR

September 29, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
A joint summit held by the HHS OCR and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revealed that federal officials believe cyber attacks in the healthcare sector will rise in the coming year. Officials pointed to the need for covered entities to...

WEDI Argues Against HPID Use in Electronic Transactions

September 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is advocating that unique Health Plan Identifiers (HPIDs) should not be used within electronic transactions adopted under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

NH Passes Legislation to Better Secure the Transfer of PHI

September 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Legislation recently passed in the State of New Hampshire that aims to secure protected health information (PHI) better when it's being shared between healthcare providers.

CMS Announces ICD-10 Testing Weeks

August 28, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three different testing weeks leading up to the October 1, 2015 implementation date for ICD-10.

Community Health Systems Being Sued over Data Breach

August 28, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The hack of Community Health Systems (CHS) that affected 4.5 million patients has led to the large health system and its affiliated hospitals getting hit with a class-action lawsuit.

Washington Debrief: Large-Scale Hack Raises Questions about Healthcare Cybersecurity

August 25, 2014     Jeff Smith, Senior Director of Federal Affairs
Last week, Community Health Systems (CHS) had 4.5 million patient records stolen by a Chinese hacker group that possibly exploited the Heartbleed vulnerability. This event points to the greater issue of cybersecurity and healthcare. Are healthcare systems and...

In a Pressurized Policy Environment, Healthcare Leaders Seek Clarity

August 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
A plethora of legislation and policy issues are now present—and will continue to emerge—for patient care organizations of all sizes. Healthcare Informatics Associate Editor Rajiv Leventhal spoke with various health IT policy experts and leaders to get a gauge...

Baylor College of Medicine Connects to Houston HIE

August 20, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Baylor College of Medicine has joined Greater Houston Healthconnect, the regional health information exchange (HIE) for a 20-county region in the Houston area.

Keeping Up With the Mobile Revolution: UHealth Miami Goes Wireless

August 19, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The University of Miami and its health system, UHealth-University of Miami Health System, has begun an organization-wide wireless network upgrade to keep up with the influx of mobile devices. Already, medical professionals are noticing the improvements.

Community Health Systems Reports Data Breach Affecting 4.5M Patients

August 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, Inc. has said that the personal data of approximately 4.5 million patients was stolen by hackers from its computer network in April and June.

Q&A: Implementing an Effective BYOD Protocol (Part 1)

August 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
In part 1 of a two-part Q&A with healthcare technology lawyer Melissa Markey, the benefits and perils of BYOD are explored at length. Why do so many CIOs ask Markey how they can get out of BYOD before they even begin?
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