Healthcare providers are turning to patient portals to provide remote access to electronic health records. But they face challenges when giving parents access to the records of minors of a certain age, says attorney Adam Greene.
In the quest to prevent data breaches, healthcare providers should take advantage of the free privacy and security resources available from federal regulators. Find out about the most popular guides offered.
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., health commissioner of New Orleans, will be the next national coordinator for health IT. What privacy and security issues will she face as leader of the office that crafts guidelines for the HITECH Act's EHR incentive program?
Healthcare organizations subject to an HHS fraud or breach investigation need to ensure they're prepared and can respond in a timely manner when investigators visit on-site, says former federal investigator Stephen Morreale.
Covered entities are finding it difficult to comply with a HIPAA Omnibus requirement to accommodate patients who pay cash and don't want their treatment information disclosed to insurers, says Jeff Cobb, CISO at Capella Healthcare.
Federal advisers heard concerns from healthcare providers, EHR software vendors and others this week about the cost and impracticality of a proposed requirement to offer patients an access report listing caregivers who had viewed their records.
Despite the government shutdown, Stage 2 of the HITECH Act financial incentive program for the meaningful use of electronic health records kicks off Oct. 1. Learn more about the privacy and security provisions and how to prepare.
Top executives at healthcare organizations must take the lead in overcoming a culture that portrays privacy and security as barriers, says Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
After months of delay, a hearing has been scheduled to discuss a controversial accounting of disclosures proposal that calls for giving patients the right to a full report outlining who has accessed their records.
Healthcare organizations aren't performing enough analysis of user behavior to detect possible insider threats, says security consultant Mac McMillan, who outlines the importance of auditing for abnormalities.
Consumer advocate Deven McGraw says many provisions in the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, including better breach notification guidance and expansion of HIPAA liability to business associates, will provide substantial benefits to patients.
A new report by several GOP senators raises questions about the HITECH Act's electronic health record incentive program, including concerns about data security and privacy. But the senators overlook a number of key issues.