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Lincare to Pay $240K in Civil Penalties for HIPAA Privacy Rule Violation

February 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.

ONC Addresses HIPAA's Role in Interoperability

February 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.

HHS Proposes to Modernize Privacy Rules on Substance Abuse Records

February 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.

CIOs Convene: Healthcare Leaders Discuss the Biggest IT Challenges Facing their Organizations in the Year Ahead (Part 2)

February 4, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

IDC Report: Providers’ IT Budgets are Growing in Post-EHR Era

February 3, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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...

Hacking Accounted for 98 Percent of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015, Report Says

February 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Theranos Flagged by CMS for “Condition-Level Deficiencies” In Labs

January 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.”

Majority of Patients Trust Healthcare Providers with Personal Information, Study Finds

January 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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...

Why CHIME’s NPID Challenge is Necessary for Healthcare’s Future

January 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
blog
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

FDA Releases Draft Guidance for Medical Device Interoperability

January 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.

EHNAC, NH-ISAC Sign Memorandum to Support Cybersecurity Initiatives

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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...

Health Insurer Centene Loses Hard Drives Containing PHI of 950K Members

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

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