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.

Healthcare Consultant Reveals “The Fallacy of ICD-10”

July 21, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
While many people are concerned about more codes involved with ICD-10, one industry expert says the increased number of codes isn’t the real issue at hand.

Is the Cloud Safe for Healthcare?

July 20, 2015   |  Darren Guccione, CEO of Keeper Security, Inc.
Recent digital break-ins should be sending shivers down the spine of the healthcare industry, as well as patients, which have come to rely quite heavily on cloud-based services.

What a Freak Injury to an NFL Star Has Taught Us About HIPAA, Patient Privacy, and Journalism Ethics

July 14, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Over the July 4th weekend, an NFL star defensive end injured his finger during a fireworks accident. Quickly, the general public took to Twitter to blame a reporter for violating HIPAA laws. But who is really to blame?

White House Announces New Precision Medicine Commitments

July 9, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Obama Administration has announced new commitments to its precision medicine initiative (PMI) that it unveiled six months ago.

Stop the Fight! ICD-10 is Comin’

July 2, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Another month has come and gone, which means that we’re just a little bit closer to Oct. 1, 2015, the deadline to transition to the ICD-10 coding set. Still, there are many people out there who continue to push back.

Privacy Expert McGraw to Join HHS Office for Civil Rights

June 17, 2015   |  David Raths
Health IT privacy policy expert Deven McGraw is joining the Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) as the deputy director for health information privacy.
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