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Study: Patient Data at Risk in Walgreens’ New Pharmacy Setup

September 25, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A redesigned pharmacy setup at Walgreens could result in widespread violations of patient privacy, according to a study by the labor union-funded group, Change to Win Retail Initiatives.

One Big Issue the HIPAA Omnibus Rule Doesn’t Address

September 24, 2013  |  David Raths
commentary
A proposed rule published in 2011 stated that patients have the right to an “access report,” detailing every single access of their health information, for instance by hospital employees. The proposal has been widely criticized as unworkable. The HIT Policy...

HIPAA Omnibus: Strategies for Compliance (Podcast)

September 23, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
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The day in which healthcare entities must be in compliance with the new provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), known as the Omnibus Rule, has arrived. In this podcast, Healthcare Informatics Associate Editor Gabriel...

The Guidance Begins To Roll Out…

September 23, 2013  |  Mac McMillan
commentary
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) promised further guidance on some of the changes delivered in the Omnibus Rule earlier this year and this week we have seen this start to roll out. First came the new Notice of Privacy Practices (NPP) issued by the OCR on their...

Improving the Doctor-Patient Relationship with a Ping

September 17, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
In today’s healthcare, the doctor-patient relationship is not what it used to be—studies show that doctors spend more time with their computers than their patients. But the relationship doesn’t have to become extinct; in an interesting twist, technology could...

Data Storage Strategies: Not All in the Cloud

September 10, 2013  |  John DeGaspari
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Like many large health systems, the Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare is responsible for maintaining large and growing volumes of data. That is an important challenge, but not a new one, according to Don Franklin, Intermountain’s assistant vice...

AMA Offering HIPAA Omnibus Guidance

September 9, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
news
With the updated version of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) going into effect on Sept. 23, the American Medical Association (AMA) is throwing a life line to its members with a toolkit that will aim to help physicians navigate the...

See You in 5757 A.D.? That’s What It Will Take

September 9, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
commentary
Compliance for the HIPAA Omnibus Rule is fast approaching and the provisions surrounding the relationship between covered entities and business associates have been a hot topic and for many health IT leaders, a bit of a mystery. In a recent talk I had with Mac...

Researchers Explore Pediatric Care Coordination with Health Information Regulations

September 6, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
news
A new study from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) has looked at the relationship between health information laws and health system improvements for children and adolescents under Medicaid's Early and...

As HIPAA Omnibus Compliance Ticks Closer – What Should Providers Know?

September 4, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
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Sept. 23, the compliance deadline for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Rule, is getting closer and closer. In this Healthcare Informatics podcast, our health IT privacy guru, Mac McMillan, goes into detail about what...

NFL, Infinitt Partner on Image-Sharing Contract

August 30, 2013  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The National Football League (NFL) and Infinitt North America, a Phillipsburg, N.J.-based provider of healthcare image and information management technologies have partnered on a ten-year agreement to provide on-demand access to players’ medical images.

EHNAC Updates Accreditation Programs for HIPAA Omnibus Rule

August 21, 2013  |  Gabriel Perna
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As the Sept. 23 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Rule compliance date approaches, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, has...

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