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Meaningful Change Coming to Public Health

May 26, 2011  |  David Raths
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Hospital CIOs and CMIOs across the country, as well as their counterparts in public health departments, are preparing to submit and accept health records electronically. While experts say that the transition from paper will provide an unprecedented opportunity...

HIMSS, MGMA Release Security Toolkit for Small Provider Organizations

March 31, 2011  |  Jennifer Prestigiacomo
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Earlier this week, the Chicago-based HIMSS and the Englewood, Colo.-based MGMA created an online and interactive resource that targets and educates clinicians, practice managers, and others who are part of a small provider organization on the complexities of...

Preparing for HITECH and HIPAA Compliance

January 31, 2011  |  John Degaspari
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In July, the federal Office for Civil Rights issued a proposed rule that contains modifications to the privacy standards, security standards, and enforcement regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and...

eHI Conference: Day Two

January 24, 2011  |  David Raths
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At a conference where the term “accountable care organization” was mentioned in every presentation, David Blumenthal, M.D., used his Jan. 20 talk to the eHealth Initiative to remind its members that the meaningful use effort is necessary to make ACOs possible...

Preparing for HITECH and HIPAA Compliance

October 14, 2010  |  John DeGaspari
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In July, the federal Office for Civil Rights issued a proposed rule that contains modifications to the privacy standards, security standards, and enforcement regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and...

Protecting Patient Health Information

September 22, 2010  | 
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I recently interviewed hospital CIOs and other experts on the issue of healthcare data security. What they told me emphasized, for me, the wide-ranging challenges faced by hospitals in making sure that the patient data is secure. Those challenges come from both...

Legal Expert: Due Diligence a Key Part of Data Security

September 8, 2010  |  John DeGaspari
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New federal requirements under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and recent revisions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) have made it especially important for hospital organizations...

Will MU Objectives Advance Privacy, Security?

July 22, 2010  |  David Raths
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At the first meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee following the July 13 publication of the meaningful use Stage 1 final rule, most of the

Web Exclusive Report: Strategizing Around Data Security Vulnerability

July 22, 2010  |  John DeGaspari
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Speaking Wednesday at a webinar hosted by FairWarningAudit.com, McMillan noted that two final rules issued this month under the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and a proposed rule for a revision to the Health...

Proposed HIPAA Changes Unveiled

July 8, 2010  |  David Raths
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On July 8, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights released proposed modifications to the HIPAA privacy, security and enforcement rules under the HITECH Act that will have significant impact on the operations of providers and...

CIO 2.0

January 29, 2010  |  Steve Garske
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I see social networking as an extension of my IT department's wholesale efforts over the last two and a half years to improve our hospital's online presence. During an executive leadership meeting about three years ago, our chief of surgery asked us...

Trend: Privacy

January 29, 2010  |  David Raths
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Because HIPAA enforcement previously lacked teeth, many healthcare organizations haven't developed the policies and procedures required to prevent data breaches. The ARRA-HITECH Act is about to change all of that. HITECH's security provisions and...

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