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Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness Calls for Changes to Substance Abuse Privacy Laws

December 23, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Privacy protections for alcohol and drug abuse patient records need to be changed to be in harmony with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and to enable better coordinated care, according to a paper released this week...

Filling in the Gaps: Connecting Behavioral Health Data and Primary Care

December 22, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Two health information exchanges (HIEs) in Colorado working on behavioral health data integration projects shared the challenges and their initial progress during a recent webinar.

National Science Foundation-Funded Project Addresses Mobile Health Security Issues

December 21, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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A National Science Foundation-funded project is using a $10 million, five-year grant to address security issues related to mobile health, including medical apps and wearables, and to strengthen healthcare IT security.

Survey: More than Half of Consumers Can’t Access Their Health Data Electronically

December 21, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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More than half (53 percent) of consumers say they can't access all of their health data from a computer, according to a recent HealthMine survey of more than 500 U.S. consumers.

Healthcare Industry Will Remain a Top Target for Data Breaches in 2016

December 18, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare companies will continue to be one of the most targeted sectors by cybercriminals in 2016 due to the high value of compromised data and the ongoing digitization of medical records, according to an Experian report.

Shedding Some Light on the Problem of Medical Data Loss

December 16, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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While the healthcare industry has the most data breaches involving protected health information (PHI), 90 percent of all industries have experienced a PHI-related data breach in the past 10 years, according to a Verizon Enterprise Solutions report.

University of Washington Medicine Agrees to $750,000 HIPAA Settlement

December 15, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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The University of Washington Medicine, based in Seattle, Wash., has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule stemming from a security breach in 2013.

State Legislatures Examining the Benefits and Challenges of Expanding Telemedicine

December 14, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Barriers to widespread telehealth adoption include a number of policy-related issues such as coverage and reimbursement as well as licensures, and state policymakers need to collaborate with stakeholders to address these issues, according to a report from the...

Report: Healthcare Cybersecurity Market Growing, Impact of Attacks Estimated at $6B Annually

December 4, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The global healthcare cybersecurity market was valued at $5.5 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow lucratively over the next several years, according to a report by Grand View Research.

Security Breach at Cottage Health Exposed 11,000 Patient Records

December 3, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Cottage Health has disclosed a healthcare data breach from an exposed network server that affected 11,000 patients’ records.

ONC: Two-Factor Authentication for PHI Access Increasing in Hospitals

December 3, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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As of 2014, nearly half of hospitals reported their IT department supports an infrastructure for two-factor authentication to verify that a person seeking access to ePHI is approved, according to a recent data brief from ONC.

BCBS Puerto Rico Affiliate Hit with $3.5M HIPAA Fine

December 1, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Triple-S Management Corporation, a Puerto Rico-based insurance holding company affiliated with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, has agreed to complete a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance corrective action program and pay a $3.5...

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