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OCR Announces Initiative to Focus Investigations on Smaller Data Breaches

August 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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As healthcare organizations of all sizes are impacted by data theft, ransomware and privacy violations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) plans to devote more resources to investigating smaller breaches.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Deploys Text Messaging Platform To Enhance Patient Communication, Engagement

August 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has partnered with digital health startup Well on a secure text messaging platform that will enable front office staff to more effectively communicate with patients.

Nearly 130K Records Breached in July with TheDarkOverLord as Main Culprit

August 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A total of 39 incidents and 126,930 records breached in the U.S. involving protected health information or medical/health information were either disclosed or reported in July, according to The Protenus Breach Barometer.

FBI Agent to CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum: Healthcare Leaders Still Not Up to Speed on Basic IT Security Tasks

August 10, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott Augenbaum told CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum attendees in Nashville on Monday that the leaders of healthcare organizations need to move forward now to implement comprehensive IT security strategies

Advocate Health Care Agrees to Pay $5.55 Million to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

August 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Advocate Health Care Network, an Illinois-based integrated health care delivery system, has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, stemming from data breaches affecting the protected health...

Study: Medical Students Use EHRs to Track Former Patients

July 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Medical students are continually using electronic health records (EHRs) in training, using the technology to track former patients after they have left one’s direct care, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

OIG Study Finds 60 Percent of Hospitals Experienced EHR Disruptions, Highlights Importance of Contingency Plans

July 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Close to 60 percent of hospitals have experienced an unplanned disruption to their EHR systems and a quarter of those hospitals experienced delays in patient care as a result, according to a study released by the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Washington Debrief: HHS Cybersecurity Task Force Has Another In-Person Meeting

July 25, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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The healthcare industry cybersecurity task force mandated by the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 held its second in-person meeting last week.

University of Mississippi Medical Center Agrees to Pay $2.75M to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

July 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has signed a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) following an investigation of a data breach of unsecured PHI that occurred in 2013.

ONC Issues Report to Congress on Policy Gaps for Security, Privacy of mHealth Data

July 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The federal government needs to address large gaps in policies around health data access, security and privacy with regard to mobile health apps and health social media, according to a new ONC report issued to Congress.

Washington Debrief: Senate Bill Would Make MU Changes; MACRA Timeline May Change

July 18, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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A bill introduced into the Senate last week would add significant flexibility for Meaningful Use program participants in three key ways.

New House Appropriations Committee Bill Offers Hope for Patient Matching Solution

July 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Language from the most recent House Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill offers some clarity regarding the restrictions on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use federal funds on a...

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