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New HHS Guidelines Illuminate Patients’ Right to Health Data

January 8, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Although Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws have always provided individuals with the right to access their health data, consumers haven’t gotten much guidance from the feds on how to exercise that right—until now.

Will Obama’s HIPAA Modification Related to Gun Control Have an Impact?

January 6, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
This week, President Obama announced an amendment to the HIPAA Privacy Rule aiming to enable mental health providers to more easily disclose certain information to the FBI for gun background checks. While limited by design, the modification could prove valuable.

Executive Action on Gun Control Includes Modification to HIPAA

January 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Obama Administration on Monday unveiled a number of executive actions on gun control, including an amendment to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to enable mental health providers to more easily disclose limited...

NantWorks, NantHealth Complete Acquisition of NaviNet

January 5, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Culver City, California-based NantHealth and parent company NantWorks have announced that they have completed the acquisition of NaviNet, Inc., a Boston-based healthcare technology company of payer-provider collaboration solutions.

ProPublica Report Reveals Biggest HIPAA Violators

December 30, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Kaiser Permanente, Walgreens, and CVS Health are among the most well-known repeat offenders of violating HIPAA laws, according to a new ProPublica report.

The Best of the Best: HCI’s Top 10 Health IT Stories of 2015

December 29, 2015  |  the Editors of HCI
Today, upon review and collaboration among Healthcare Informatics’ editorial team, we give you the 10 biggest stories from the year that was in health IT.

Report: 2015 Was the Year of the Healthcare Security Breach

December 28, 2015  |  Heather Landi
2015 was the year of the healthcare security breach, according to IBM Security, as five of the eight largest healthcare security breaches over the past five years, with almost 100 million records compromised, happened during the first six months of 2015.

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

December 23, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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
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
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
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
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.


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