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Healthcare Data Security: All Trick and no Treat

October 30, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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It’s the day before Halloween, which means I will probably tune into one of my all-time favorite horror movies this weekend. But no matter which scary flick I choose, perhaps nothing will be scarier than something I saw recently on healthcare data security.

BREAKING: CHIME Applauds U.S. Senate’s Passage of Cybersecurity Bill

October 27, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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The nation’s leading CIO and CISO associations praised the passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 in the U.S. Senate, and urged policymakers to move forward in several key areas around cybersecurity

Former ONC Policy Director Jodi Daniel Reflects on Her Government Tenure, Looks at Future of Health IT Landscape

October 27, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Now that Jodi Daniel, former ONC Policy Director, is out of government, she looks back at how she helped shape the federal health IT picture, and what’s next for the dynamic industry.

California Hospital's Lawsuit Alleges Physicians Used EHR to Steal Patients

October 21, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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In a lawsuit filed Sept. 22, Madera, Calif.-based Valley Children’s Hospital alleges that three physicians inappropriately accessed patient records with the purpose of getting patients to switch healthcare providers.

OCR Online Platform Allows Developers to Pose HIPAA Questions

October 8, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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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.

ONC Policy Director Jodi Daniel to Leave Post

September 21, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Jodi Daniel, J.D., Director of the Office of Policy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will be stepping down from her post early next month, according to several news media reports.

Senate HELP Committee Chairman Once Again Calls for Stage 3 Delay in Latest Hearing

September 16, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a Sept. 16 Senate hearing on improving care through patient access to their records, Senate HELP Chair Lamar Alexander once again made his thoughts clear about the need for a Stage 3 delay.

OCR Fines Cancer Care Group $750K for Potential HIPAA Security Violations

September 3, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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An Indiana-based radiation oncology practice, Cancer Care Group, P.C., agreed to pay $750,000 in potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a 2012 data breach.

New Salesforce Platform Targets Improved Patient Engagement

September 3, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Customer relationship management company Salesforce has introduced a new healthcare platform, with the aim to help healthcare providers go beyond health records and build stronger relationships with patients.

A Model for Health Information Privacy, Security and Compliance Preparedness

September 1, 2015  |  Lee Barrett
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When some healthcare organizations are making a last-minute mad dash to prepare for HIPAA audits and others are in denial, keeping their heads down just hoping to avoid the wider net cast, there are a few shining examples of proactive and comprehensive...

Wrong Mailings Lead to HIPAA Breach in Colorado

August 19, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing have announced that protected health information from 1,622 households was exposed unintentionally during a recent mailing.

Washington Debrief: ONC Announces Forthcoming Industry Guidance on HIPAA, Interoperability Metrics

August 18, 2015  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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Congressional inquiries and stakeholder frustration regarding the lack of meaningful data exchange have resonated at ONC and will result in additional resources for health providers.

Survey: Most Providers Not Confident in ONC’s Interoperability Plan

August 11, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Just 17 percent of surveyed healthcare providers said they are confident that the industry will meet the 10-year goal for nationwide interoperability, set last year by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

BREAKING: IBM to Acquire Merge Healthcare for $1B

August 6, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM has just made a big move in the area of advanced image analytics, announcing that it has acquired the Chicago-based Merge Healthcare, a provider of software for managing and processing medical images, for $1 billion.

At the University of Utah, Taking Prenatal Monitoring Out of the Hospital

August 4, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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With the aid of new technology, pregnant patients in their third trimester might not have to leave the home as much as they originally thought.

Washington Debrief: Senate Hearing Includes Calls to Delay MU Stage 3 Rulemaking

July 27, 2015  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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During a Senate hearing last week, Congressional leaders called for a delay of Meaningful Use Stage 3 rulemaking and removal of gag clauses from EHR contracts.

Healthcare Consultant Reveals “The Fallacy of ICD-10”

July 21, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While many people are concerned about more codes involved with ICD-10, one industry expert says the increased number of codes isn’t the real issue at hand.

Is the Cloud Safe for Healthcare?

July 20, 2015  |  Darren Guccione, CEO of Keeper Security, Inc.
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Recent digital break-ins should be sending shivers down the spine of the healthcare industry, as well as patients, which have come to rely quite heavily on cloud-based services.

What a Freak Injury to an NFL Star Has Taught Us About HIPAA, Patient Privacy, and Journalism Ethics

July 14, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
Over the July 4th weekend, an NFL star defensive end injured his finger during a fireworks accident. Quickly, the general public took to Twitter to blame a reporter for violating HIPAA laws. But who is really to blame?

White House Announces New Precision Medicine Commitments

July 9, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Obama Administration has announced new commitments to its precision medicine initiative (PMI) that it unveiled six months ago.

Stop the Fight! ICD-10 is Comin’

July 2, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
Another month has come and gone, which means that we’re just a little bit closer to Oct. 1, 2015, the deadline to transition to the ICD-10 coding set. Still, there are many people out there who continue to push back.

Privacy Expert McGraw to Join HHS Office for Civil Rights

June 17, 2015  |  David Raths
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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.

Judy Murphy, R.N., on the Next Wave of Patient Engagement

June 17, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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It's time for consumers to become active members of their care teams, according to Judy Murphy, R.N., chief nursing officer and director, Global Business Services, at IBM Healthcare.

Are State Laws Holding Back Telehealth?

June 11, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While there has been evidence showing the benefits of telehealth in the healthcare industry, the realization of those benefits may come to an abrupt stop at the state border.

Privacy Workgroup Prepares ‘Big Data’ Recommendations

June 8, 2015  |  David Raths
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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.

AMA Backs Bill to Prohibit ICD-10

May 19, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Medical Association (AMA) is supporting the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015, H.R. 2126, a proposed bill that would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10.

Criminal Attacks Surpass Negligence as Top Data Breach Source, Survey Finds

May 7, 2015  |  David Raths
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In the fifth year of its annual survey about privacy and security issues facing healthcare organizations, the Ponemon Institute found that for the first time providers reported that the No. 1 root cause of their data breaches was criminal and malicious attacks.

House Bill Proposes Halt to ICD-10 Implementation

May 5, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new bill has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10.

Children’s Hospital Launches Telemedicine Program for Pediatric Obesity

April 22, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children's Hospital has announced that it will launch a telemedicine program aimed to tackle pediatric obesity.

ONC Updates its Privacy and Security Guide

April 20, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Last week during the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published a revised version of its “Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information.”

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