Lincare, a provider of respiratory and infusion therapy and medical equipment to in-home patients, has been ordered to pay $239,800 in civil money penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides many pathways for permissibly exchanging Protected Health Information (PHI), the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) says in a recent blog post and fact sheet.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) today announced proposed revisions to the privacy rules governing substance abuse medical records to facilitate health information exchange in support of delivery system reform.
Health IT leaders look at more challenges that were identified at the Fall CIO Summit in Arizona, such as healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A), cybersecurity best practices, and competing for patients.
While 40 percent of healthcare providers reported that their IT budgets are still growing, only 25 percent that reported growing budgets attribute growth to electronic health records (EHRs), providing evidence that the post-EHR era is upon us, according to a new...
While lost and theft of employee devices accounted for the majority (68 percent) of healthcare data breaches in 2014, last year was a different story, with 98 percent of breaches due to hacking, according to a Bitglass Healthcare Breach Report.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to blood analysis startup Theranos citing “deficient practices” at the company’s northern California lab which pose “immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.”
Cybersecurity is a growing concern for healthcare organizations, yet despite major breaches this past year, 74 percent of respondents to a survey said they trusted healthcare providers to handle personal information responsibly, according to the TRUSTe/National...
In an important patient care development last week, CHIME announced a $1 million National Patient ID (NPID) Challenge, which is a significant step in the right direction given the current healthcare landscape
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released on Tuesday draft guidance as recommendations for medical device manufacturers on how to include interoperability in the design and development of devices.
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Health...
Centene Corp., the St. Louis, Mo.-based health insurer, has acknowledged that it is internally searching for six hard drives that contain personal health information (PHI) of approximately 950,000 individuals.