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

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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.

Survey: Application Vulnerabilities are Top Cybersecurity Concern for Senior Health IT Execs

January 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The exploitation of vulnerabilities in web, mobile and cloud-based applications is the top concern of healthcare IT executives, according to a recent survey from the Chicago-based Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Burlington, Mass...

Report: Human Element is the Weakest Link in Healthcare Cybersecurity Infrastructure

January 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Healthcare is the most targeted sector for cyber attacks, yet it’s also the least prepared, and the human element in the healthcare cybersecurity infrastructure continues to be the weakest link, according to an Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (...

Blue Shield of California Data Breach Exposes Info of 21K Patients

January 20, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Health insurer Blue Shield of California has acknowledged a data breach in which an unauthorized user gained access into a data system of one of the payer’s vendors.

FDA Releases Cybersecurity Guidelines for Medical Device Manufacturers

January 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidelines for device manufacturers to manage postmarket cybersecurity vulnerabilities for medical devices.

Washington Debrief: Agency Seeks Input on Quality Reporting and CEHRT

January 11, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
CMS recently released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on quality measure reporting and certified EHRs.

New HHS Guidelines Illuminate Patients’ Right to Health Data

January 8, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Although Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws have always provided individuals with the right to access their health data, consumers haven’t gotten much guidance from the feds on how to exercise that right—until now.

Will Obama’s HIPAA Modification Related to Gun Control Have an Impact?

January 6, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
This week, President Obama announced an amendment to the HIPAA Privacy Rule aiming to enable mental health providers to more easily disclose certain information to the FBI for gun background checks. While limited by design, the modification could prove valuable.

Executive Action on Gun Control Includes Modification to HIPAA

January 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Obama Administration on Monday unveiled a number of executive actions on gun control, including an amendment to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to enable mental health providers to more easily disclose limited...

NantWorks, NantHealth Complete Acquisition of NaviNet

January 5, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Culver City, California-based NantHealth and parent company NantWorks have announced that they have completed the acquisition of NaviNet, Inc., a Boston-based healthcare technology company of payer-provider collaboration solutions.

ProPublica Report Reveals Biggest HIPAA Violators

December 30, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Kaiser Permanente, Walgreens, and CVS Health are among the most well-known repeat offenders of violating HIPAA laws, according to a new ProPublica report.

The Best of the Best: HCI’s Top 10 Health IT Stories of 2015

December 29, 2015  |  the Editors of HCI
Today, upon review and collaboration among Healthcare Informatics’ editorial team, we give you the 10 biggest stories from the year that was in health IT.


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