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OCR Online Platform Allows Developers to Pose HIPAA Questions

October 8, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched a new platform allowing mobile health developers to ask questions about HIPAA privacy protection.

ONC Policy Director Jodi Daniel to Leave Post

September 21, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Jodi Daniel, J.D., Director of the Office of Policy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will be stepping down from her post early next month, according to several news media reports.

Senate HELP Committee Chairman Once Again Calls for Stage 3 Delay in Latest Hearing

September 16, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
During a Sept. 16 Senate hearing on improving care through patient access to their records, Senate HELP Chair Lamar Alexander once again made his thoughts clear about the need for a Stage 3 delay.

OCR Fines Cancer Care Group $750K for Potential HIPAA Security Violations

September 3, 2015     Heather Landi
An Indiana-based radiation oncology practice, Cancer Care Group, P.C., agreed to pay $750,000 in potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a 2012 data breach.

New Salesforce Platform Targets Improved Patient Engagement

September 3, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Customer relationship management company Salesforce has introduced a new healthcare platform, with the aim to help healthcare providers go beyond health records and build stronger relationships with patients.

A Model for Health Information Privacy, Security and Compliance Preparedness

September 1, 2015     Lee Barrett
When some healthcare organizations are making a last-minute mad dash to prepare for HIPAA audits and others are in denial, keeping their heads down just hoping to avoid the wider net cast, there are a few shining examples of proactive and comprehensive...

Wrong Mailings Lead to HIPAA Breach in Colorado

August 19, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing have announced that protected health information from 1,622 households was exposed unintentionally during a recent mailing.

Washington Debrief: ONC Announces Forthcoming Industry Guidance on HIPAA, Interoperability Metrics

August 18, 2015     Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
Congressional inquiries and stakeholder frustration regarding the lack of meaningful data exchange have resonated at ONC and will result in additional resources for health providers.

Survey: Most Providers Not Confident in ONC’s Interoperability Plan

August 11, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Just 17 percent of surveyed healthcare providers said they are confident that the industry will meet the 10-year goal for nationwide interoperability, set last year by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

BREAKING: IBM to Acquire Merge Healthcare for $1B

August 6, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM has just made a big move in the area of advanced image analytics, announcing that it has acquired the Chicago-based Merge Healthcare, a provider of software for managing and processing medical images, for $1 billion.

At the University of Utah, Taking Prenatal Monitoring Out of the Hospital

August 4, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
With the aid of new technology, pregnant patients in their third trimester might not have to leave the home as much as they originally thought.

Washington Debrief: Senate Hearing Includes Calls to Delay MU Stage 3 Rulemaking

July 27, 2015     Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
During a Senate hearing last week, Congressional leaders called for a delay of Meaningful Use Stage 3 rulemaking and removal of gag clauses from EHR contracts.


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