HIPAA

Managing Virtual Employees

November 21, 2014     Tim Tolan
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Like other market segments, the HIT world is moving to a workforce of virtual employees. As the candidate market gets tighter, I believe this trend will become even more commonplace.

A Layered Approach to Fighting Cybercrime

November 13, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
article
Data breaches in healthcare have been steadily on the rise, but a multi-faceted approach at one hospital in Alabama has led to a breach-free environment.

After Ebola, OCR Issues HIPAA Guidance for Emergency Situations

November 11, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In light of the Ebola situation, the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a bulletin to healthcare providers and other HIPAA-covered entities and their business associates on sharing patient information...

Washington Debrief: ONC Receives Praise and Criticism for Interoperability Roadmap

October 20, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) introduced a new set of details regarding their interoperability roadmap last week, garnering both praise and criticism during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees...

In the Cloud, Image Sharing Made Easy

October 9, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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When it comes to medical imaging, the days of CDs are behind us. In its place, Children’s of Alabama is using a cloud-based medical imaging network that enables viewing before a patient enters the door.

Another Lawsuit Filed Against Community Health for Data Breach

October 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Another lawsuit was filed against the Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems (CHS), which owns and operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, for the massive August hack of its computer network.

A Debate Worth Pondering: Will Data Protection Liability Insurance Be a Game-Changer for Providers?

October 7, 2014     Mark Hagland
blog
During Monday's CHIME/iHT2 LEAD Forum Event on Cybersecurity, an interesting discussion of the role of liability insurers in data security processes in provider organizations

Emergency Physicians Find their Telemedicine Niche

October 4, 2014     John DeGaspari
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Given the high cost of a typical emergency room visit, it’s a significant fact that most of ED visits are for minor medical conditions that can be diagnosed and treated virtually. That happens to be the business niche of one provider of telemedicine services.

Thumbprint of the Face: Hospital Brings in 3D Camera for Secure Sign On

October 1, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Mason General Hospital, located in Shelton, Wash. on the western side of the Puget Sound, is utilizing a 3D camera, video tracking technology, and facial recognition to allow practitioners to log into their workstation hands free. IT supervisor, Gary Diemert...

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

September 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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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
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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
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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).
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