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Top Ten Tech Trends: Bringing Cyber Defense to the Next Level

March 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Major data breaches and losses of revenue are still far too common in healthcare, and many experts point to a lack of a multi-layered strategy that evolves well beyond simply “following the rules” as the reason why.

Henry Ford’s Meredith Phillips Named ‘PHI Hero’

March 22, 2016  |  David Raths
Meredith Phillips, chief information privacy & security officer at Henry Ford Health System in Michigan, was presented the PHI Hero Award at the 2016 PHI Protection Network Conference in Philadelphia last week.

AHIMA Petition Calls for Development of Voluntary Patient Safety Identifier

March 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A petition from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) that calls for the development of a voluntary patient safety identifier has officially launched and is now open for signatures.

OCR's Samuels Describes Launch of Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

March 19, 2016  |  David Raths
Speaking at the HIPAA Summit meeting in Washington, D.C., on March 21, Jocelyn Samuels, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, announced that phase 2 of the audit program has been launched.

OCR Sanctions Two Healthcare Organizations for Potential HIPAA Violations, Fines Total $5.5M

March 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) sanctioned two healthcare organizations for potential violations of HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules for a total of $5.5 million in fines.

At HIMSS16, Former ONC Policy Director Jodi Daniel Dishes on New EHR Certification Process, Healthcare Security

March 3, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
At HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, Jodi Daniel, former director of the Office of Policy within ONC, discussed the new proposed EHR certification rule with HCI Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal, as well as other hot-button health IT topics.

HHS Says Copies of Patients’ Medical Records Should be Free of Charge

February 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued guidance stating that healthcare providers should provide individuals who request access to their medical information with copies of their protected health information (PHI) free of charge.

OCR Releases Crosswalk between HIPAA Security Rule and NIST Cybersecurity Framework

February 25, 2016  |  Heather Landi
In an effort to help healthcare organizations bolster their cybersecurity strategy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a crosswalk to address gaps between two commonly used security frameworks.

Washington Debrief: Administration Meets Deadlines, Delivers First Set of Cyber Threat Information Sharing Guidance

February 22, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
Last week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released guidance to assist private sector and federal entities to share cyber threat indicators with the Federal Government.

OCR Releases HIPAA Guidance for mHealth App Use

February 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has released further guidelines to help healthcare professionals fully understand Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws.

Washington Debrief: MU Attestation Deadline Extended; HIT Bill Clears First Hurdle

February 15, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
Last week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved a bill that seeks to improve the usability and interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs).

Recent Healthcare Data Breaches Due to Stolen Laptops, Unauthorized Employee Access

February 11, 2016  |  Heather Landi
There were a number of reported healthcare data breaches this week, including Miami-based Jackson Health System reporting that a “rogue” hospital employee may have stolen confidential patient information affecting more than 20,000 patients.


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