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Filling in the Gaps: Connecting Behavioral Health Data and Primary Care

December 22, 2015  |  Heather Landi
article
Two health information exchanges (HIEs) in Colorado working on behavioral health data integration projects shared the challenges and their initial progress during a recent webinar.

National Science Foundation-Funded Project Addresses Mobile Health Security Issues

December 21, 2015  |  Heather Landi
news
A National Science Foundation-funded project is using a $10 million, five-year grant to address security issues related to mobile health, including medical apps and wearables, and to strengthen healthcare IT security.

Survey: More than Half of Consumers Can’t Access Their Health Data Electronically

December 21, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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More than half (53 percent) of consumers say they can't access all of their health data from a computer, according to a recent HealthMine survey of more than 500 U.S. consumers.

Healthcare Industry Will Remain a Top Target for Data Breaches in 2016

December 18, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Healthcare companies will continue to be one of the most targeted sectors by cybercriminals in 2016 due to the high value of compromised data and the ongoing digitization of medical records, according to an Experian report.

Shedding Some Light on the Problem of Medical Data Loss

December 16, 2015  |  Heather Landi
article
While the healthcare industry has the most data breaches involving protected health information (PHI), 90 percent of all industries have experienced a PHI-related data breach in the past 10 years, according to a Verizon Enterprise Solutions report.

University of Washington Medicine Agrees to $750,000 HIPAA Settlement

December 15, 2015  |  Heather Landi
news
The University of Washington Medicine, based in Seattle, Wash., has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule stemming from a security breach in 2013.

State Legislatures Examining the Benefits and Challenges of Expanding Telemedicine

December 14, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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Barriers to widespread telehealth adoption include a number of policy-related issues such as coverage and reimbursement as well as licensures, and state policymakers need to collaborate with stakeholders to address these issues, according to a report from the...

Report: Healthcare Cybersecurity Market Growing, Impact of Attacks Estimated at $6B Annually

December 4, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The global healthcare cybersecurity market was valued at $5.5 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow lucratively over the next several years, according to a report by Grand View Research.

Security Breach at Cottage Health Exposed 11,000 Patient Records

December 3, 2015  |  Heather Landi
news
Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Cottage Health has disclosed a healthcare data breach from an exposed network server that affected 11,000 patients’ records.

ONC: Two-Factor Authentication for PHI Access Increasing in Hospitals

December 3, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
As of 2014, nearly half of hospitals reported their IT department supports an infrastructure for two-factor authentication to verify that a person seeking access to ePHI is approved, according to a recent data brief from ONC.

BCBS Puerto Rico Affiliate Hit with $3.5M HIPAA Fine

December 1, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Triple-S Management Corporation, a Puerto Rico-based insurance holding company affiliated with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, has agreed to complete a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance corrective action program and pay a $3.5...

Mac McMillan Live at the CHIME Lead Forum-Atlanta: Cybersecurity Must Move Beyond Defending the Perimeter

December 1, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Once again, prominent data security guru Mac McMillan, CEO of the Austin, Tx.-based consulting firm CynergisTek, told attendees at the CHIME Lead Forum-Atlanta that healthcare organizations must do more when it comes to protecting their data.

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Fined $850K for Potential HIPAA Security Violations

November 25, 2015  |  Heather Landi
news
Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Hospital and Medical Center this week agreed to pay $850,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules stemming from a 2011 security breach.

EHNAC Accredits Two Data Registries for Handling PHI

November 16, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has granted full accreditation status to two beta test participants, Alpha II, LLC and FIGmd, Inc., for its Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP).

Study: Majority of Healthcare Orgs Risk HIPAA Non-Compliance with Consumer Messaging Apps

November 10, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Just 8 percent of healthcare institutions prohibit consumer messaging apps for employee communication, according to a recent study from Chicago-based Infinite Convergence Solutions, Inc.

Washington Debrief: Congress Passes 2-Year Budget, Healthcare Prime Target for Budget Cuts

November 2, 2015  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
article
Congress last week passed a two-year budget deal that raises funding levels and suspends the debt limit until 2017.

Healthcare Data Security: All Trick and no Treat

October 30, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
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
news
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
article
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
news
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
news
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
news
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
news
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
news
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
article
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
news
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
news
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
news
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.

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