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10 Tips for Data Security Training

August 3, 2011  |  John DeGaspari
commentary
Data security is a serious concern in the healthcare industry, where a data breach can result in financial loss for a hospital and, more important,

Are You Ready for an OCR Audit?

July 20, 2011  |  David Raths
article
Proposed rules aimed at strengthening HIPAA privacy and security requirements have put CIOs and security officers at provider organizations on alert. Experts weigh in on how the changes will play out and what it means for provider organizations.

KPMG to Assist HHS with HIPAA Audits

July 7, 2011  |  David Raths
article
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $9.2 million contract to consulting firm KPMG to assist its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in creating a protocol for conducting HIPAA privacy and security audits. The contract also calls for KPMG to...

D.C. Report: MU Workgroup Readies Final Recommendations, Creates Hybrid Criterion

June 6, 2011  |  Sharon Canner
article
MU Workgroup Readies Final Recommendations, Creates Hybrid Criterion. The Meaningful Use Workgroup met Wednesday for the third time in as many weeks.

HHS to Expand Rule on Accounting of Disclosures

May 31, 2011  |  David Raths
article
A final rule that will strengthen HIPAA privacy and security safeguards is expected before the end of the year. But on Friday, May 27, the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) revealed another highly anticipated rule. OCR...

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
article
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
article
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
article
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  | 
commentary
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
article
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...

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