Cybersecurity is an Increased Business Priority for Healthcare Leaders, Survey Finds

June 30, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
Provider leaders, on average, use 11 different technologies to shield their organization’s protected health information (PHI), a new survey revealed.

Why Hackers Love Healthcare Organizations

June 26, 2015   |  Barry Shteiman, director of Exabeam Labs
If you look at all the data breaches that took place in 2014, you might conclude that healthcare organizations have lax cybersecurity protocols. You’d be wrong, but it’s not hard to see how you might reach that conclusion.

Eight Charged for Stealing Medical Data from Montefiore Medical Center

June 24, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Eight people, including an individual from the Bronx, N.Y.-based Montefiore Medical Center, have been indicted for stealing and using patients’ personal identifying information to make thousands of dollars in purchases at department stores and retailers in...

Washington Debrief: Senate Hearing Examines User Experience with EHRs

June 22, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
Last week, a Senate HELP Committee hearing discussed user experiences with EHRs and the meaningful use program. Committee members heard concerns about quality reporting duplication, physician time restraints and the variability in standards implementation...

Privacy Expert McGraw to Join HHS Office for Civil Rights

June 17, 2015   |  David Raths
Health IT privacy policy expert Deven McGraw is joining the Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) as the deputy director for health information privacy.

Canadian Province Plans to Double Fines for Data Breaches

June 15, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins is planning on doubling the fines for breaches of patients’ medical records, as well as making it easier to prosecute offenders, according to multiple Canadian news media reports.

Washington Debrief: Senate Panel Examines HIE, Patient ID Challenges Highlighted

June 15, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
The Senate HELP Committee, in the first of a series of hearings, heard from health IT experts on ways to improve health information exchange.

Report: Health IT is Reducing the Medical Spending Growth Rate

June 12, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
Healthcare information technologies are leading to a drop in medical inflation, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Health Research Institute.

At St. Luke’s-Boise, Applying Threat Intelligence Strategies to Cybersecurity Efforts

June 11, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
At St. Luke’s Health System, based in Boise, Idaho, executives are as concerned as everywhere about cybersecurity. Reid Stephan, the health system’s chief information security officer, spoke recently with HCI Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland regarding his...

Privacy Workgroup Prepares ‘Big Data’ Recommendations

June 8, 2015   |  David Raths
The Privacy and Security Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee is preparing a set of recommendations about how the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should approach “big data” issues.

ONC Data Brief: Patients’ Concerns over Privacy Hasn’t Shifted with EMR Adoption

June 4, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
While patients’ concerns over the privacy of their health information remains high, new data from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) suggests that the adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) has not influenced these sentiments.

Data Breach Report: Healthcare Ranks Highest In Stolen Record Cost

May 29, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The average total cost of a data breach on an organization is $3.8 million, representing a 23 percent increase since 2013, according to a new report from Ponemon Institute, sponsored by IBM.
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