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OCR Online Platform Allows Developers to Pose HIPAA Questions

October 8, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has launched a new platform allowing mobile health developers to ask questions about HIPAA privacy protection.

Data Security in 2015: A Need to be Proactive

October 6, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
It’s been a trying year already for healthcare organizations and data security. Can anything be done to stop the bleeding?

OIG Finds Cybersecurity Flaws in Federal Health Insurance Database

September 28, 2015     Heather Landi
The federal government stored sensitive information related to millions of insurance marketplace customers in a data repository with numerous basic security flaws, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the...

Report: mHealth, Telemedicine Could Turn Around Physician Burnout

September 25, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Emerging technologies—in the form of telemedicine, mobile health (mHealth) tools, and connected health devices—may help reverse the current trend of physician burnout, according to a recent report from QuantiaMD, a Waltham, Mass.-based social network for...

What We Can Learn from Hillary’s Emails

September 23, 2015     Pete Rivera
It is surprising to think that in 2015 there is still a misunderstanding how our emails are stored. It’s probably because we take this tool for granted. We have had it for very long time and it’s become another communication mode for us. In Hillary’s case, it...

Data Security: The Importance of Planning, Training and Having a Risk-Management Strategy

September 22, 2015     Heather Landi
Ron Mehring, chief information security officer at Texas Health Resources, shares his insights on managing the security program for the 25-hospital integrated health system (Part 2).

Washington Debrief: Senate Committee Chair Calls for Immediate Release of Modifications Rule, Delay in Stage 3 Rulemaking

September 21, 2015     Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) last week called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to immediately release the meaningful use modifications rule. Speaking at a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, the chairman also urged...

FBI Issues Cybersecurity Warning about Medical Devices

September 17, 2015     Heather Landi
Web-connected medical devices, such as wireless heart monitors and insulin dispensers, pose a cybersecurity risk and steps need to be taken to protect these devices from cyber threats, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) public service...

U.S. Senator Calls for Cybersecurity Bill Vote in Wake of Excellus Breach

September 14, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
In wake of the recent cyber attack on health insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, U. S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged Congress to bring a cybersecurity bill to the floor and to prioritize the need for universal data breach notification standards.

Data Security: Managing Information Security Through the Lens of Risk Management

September 14, 2015     Heather Landi
Ron Mehring, chief information security officer at Texas Health Resources, shares his insights on managing the security program for the 25-hospital integrated health system.

HIMSS Releases its Top Health IT Policy Priorities to Congress

September 11, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has listed interoperability, cybersecurity, and telehealth as its three biggest policy priorities for Congress to act on this year.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Hacked; More Than 10M Affected

September 10, 2015     Heather Landi
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a Rochester-N.Y.-based insurer, was the target of a sophisticated cyber attack of its IT systems that exposed the personal data of more than 10 million people.


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