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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.

Proposed 2017 Federal Budget Includes $82M for ONC, $51M for Healthcare Cybersecurity

February 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
President Barack Obama this week presented his last budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2017 and it includes a $22 million funding boost for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to support health IT interoperability programs and $51...

Lincare to Pay $240K in Civil Penalties for HIPAA Privacy Rule Violation

February 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Lincare, a provider of respiratory and infusion therapy and medical equipment to in-home patients, has been ordered to pay $239,800 in civil money penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.

ONC Addresses HIPAA's Role in Interoperability

February 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides many pathways for permissibly exchanging Protected Health Information (PHI), the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) says in a recent commentary post and fact sheet.

HHS Proposes to Modernize Privacy Rules on Substance Abuse Records

February 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) today announced proposed revisions to the privacy rules governing substance abuse medical records to facilitate health information exchange in support of delivery system reform.

Hacking Accounted for 98 Percent of Healthcare Data Breaches in 2015, Report Says

February 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
While lost and theft of employee devices accounted for the majority (68 percent) of healthcare data breaches in 2014, last year was a different story, with 98 percent of breaches due to hacking, according to a Bitglass Healthcare Breach Report.

Why CHIME’s NPID Challenge is Necessary for Healthcare’s Future

January 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In an important patient care development last week, CHIME announced a $1 million National Patient ID (NPID) Challenge, which is a significant step in the right direction given the current healthcare landscape

EHNAC, NH-ISAC Sign Memorandum to Support Cybersecurity Initiatives

January 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Health...

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.

Report: 2015 Was the Year of the Healthcare Security Breach

December 28, 2015  |  Heather Landi
2015 was the year of the healthcare security breach, according to IBM Security, as five of the eight largest healthcare security breaches over the past five years, with almost 100 million records compromised, happened during the first six months of 2015.

Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness Calls for Changes to Substance Abuse Privacy Laws

December 23, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Privacy protections for alcohol and drug abuse patient records need to be changed to be in harmony with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and to enable better coordinated care, according to a paper released this week...

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

December 22, 2015  |  Heather Landi
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
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
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
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
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
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.


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