Some healthcare associations are seeking more clarity from federal regulators about security and privacy requirements proposed for Stage 3 of the HITECH Act "meaningful use" incentive program for electronic health records. Find out their concerns.
An amended version of the 21st Century Cure bill has passed its first Congressional hurdle without revisions to provisions that would significantly change the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The bill also would set penalties for blocking information sharing.
Any device that can communicate with anything else provides a potential open door for the valuable information it accesses and that an organization is responsible for protecting. In our rush to connect everything together, secure information handling is very often an afterthought, if ever even a thought at all.
With PHI and PII increasingly becoming targets for theft - and steady rise of the resulting embarrassment, fraud, prosecutions and penalties - we need to take a fresh look at how best to protect this data from being exposed in the first place. An effective data protection strategy can only be arrived at by considering...
A persons PHI can often be so detailed and complete, hackers and fraudsters can refer to it as a "fullz", meaning it contains enough PII to completely take over someone's identity. This makes this information highly valuable to those communities especially as many other types of fraud can also be committed with it....
In this session, we'll highlight the major findings from Information Security Media Group's new national survey of healthcare information security leaders. For example, an overwhelming majority of respondents were confident their organization would "pass" a Department of Health and Human Services HIPAA compliance...
Some security experts are concerned that narrower risk assessment requirements in a proposed Stage 3 rule for the HITECH Act EHR incentive program could confuse healthcare entities about the importance of conducting a broad HIPAA risk assessment.
Federal regulators have unveiled a draft roadmap for achieving nationwide secure health data exchange built on interoperable electronic health records systems within the next three years. Learn about the privacy and security components.
The fiscal 2015 federal budget provides two agencies responsible for health information security and privacy activities with flat funding. Find out what plans are on hold, and why Congress wants greater scrutiny of EHR system interoperability.
A government watchdog has begun auditing payments by state Medicaid agencies to hospitals participating in the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program. Find out about plans for other HITECH audits, including scrutiny of security.
A dispute involving an EHR vendor that allegedly locked out a small clinic's access to patient data illustrates why healthcare organizations need to carefully scrutinize the HIPAA-related fine print in their business associate contracts.
Ensuring patient privacy is protected as more electronic health records are exchanged will be one of the top challenges for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT's next chief privacy officer, says ONC's former privacy chief, Joy Pritts.
A federal advisory panel is gearing up to tackle a number of data security, privacy and legal issues involved when accessing and exchanging the electronic health information of patients who are minors. Find out what makes those issues so complex.