Category: Data Privacy

Data Privacy, Data Security, Information Management

Report: Number of Healthcare Records Breached Hit Four-Year Low in 2017

March 1, 2018

Via: Healthcare Informatics

In 2017, the number of individuals affected by breaches within the healthcare sector reached a four-year low, according to a new report from Campbell, Calif.-based security company Bitglass. The report revealed that the majority of breaches were due to hacking […]

Data Privacy, Data Security, Information Management

Number of patient records compromised by data breaches dropped 80% in 2017

February 2, 2018

Via: FierceHealthcare

Healthcare data breaches continued to climb in 2017, but the number of affected patient records declined 80% as the industry managed to avoid a large-scale attack. Still, analysts warned that 2017 may have been an off year for malicious actors […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Prescription drug monitoring programs come under fire

October 27, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

As the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis prepares to issue its final report next week, one legal expert is sounding the alarm about the potential privacy risks from state databases that track prescriptions and the […]

Data Privacy, Information Management, Innovation, Medical Devices

Health, wellness apps pose risks to consumer privacy

October 26, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

While there are federal regulations governing how personal health data is shared, only a fraction of the increasingly popular consumer apps on the market are actually regulated, leaving enormous amounts of information largely unprotected. As a result, Americans should be […]

Data Privacy, Data Security, Information Management

Cloud services put patient information at risk

October 3, 2017

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

The cloud is the new normal for enterprise apps, with 70% of all organizations having at least one app in the cloud today, according to IDG’s Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey, 2016. Telehealth, big data management in research and patient management […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Why Should Patients Control Their Health Data? Here Are A Few Ideas.

September 29, 2017

Via: EmrAndHipaa

Lately, healthcare organizations have begun working to give patients more access to their personal health data. They’ve concluded that the more control patients have, the more engaged they become in your care, which in turn leads to better outcomes. But […]

Data Privacy, EHR & EMR, Information Management

Despite Privacy Worries, Consumers Trust Apple With Their Health Data

August 15, 2017

Via: EmrAndHipaa

These days, everyone seems to want access to consumer health data. We’re talking not just about healthcare companies, but also financial firms, insurance companies and technology giants like Apple, Google and Amazon. Consumers have every reason to be concerned how […]

Data Privacy, Featured

Do you know who might steal your healthcare data?

August 1, 2017

Via: Kelly Redmond

Smartphones and phone-connected wearables are increasingly capable of collecting data on individuals and their environment via high-tech sensors. From heart rate, pulse, and body temperature to location, air quality, humidity and other relevant characteristics, the tiny elements embedded in our […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Google to remove medical records data from search results to combat leaks

June 26, 2017

Via: HealthcareITnews

Google has made changes to its personal information policy, including one big one for the healthcare industry: The search giant on Wednesday began removing private medical records from its search results. Without receiving requests for removal, Google has now started […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Patient campaign releases about 700 patient email addresses

May 18, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Information on 700 patients was inadvertently released by Rutland Regional Medical Center as a result of an email campaign. The hospital emailed a survey to discharged patients as part of an effort to improve discharge processes. However, each email included […]

Data Analytics, Data Privacy, Information Management

Best Practices for Incident Response Plans

May 10, 2017

Via: HITECH Answers

Data breaches cost companies an average of $221 per compromised record. Heavily-regulated industries, like healthcare, tend to have per capita data breach costs substantially higher than the overall mean. In fact, according to an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) survey […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Why providers must do a better job protecting patient identities

May 3, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Swift technological advancements often force healthcare decision makers to evaluate competing solutions to determine which is the smartest investment with the strongest potential to maximize return on investment. A key criteria for healthcare technology investment evaluation is careful analysis of […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Will Data Aggregation For Precision Medicine Compromise Patient Privacy?

April 11, 2017

Via: EmrAndHipaa

Like anyone else who follows medical research, I’m fascinated by the progress of precision medicine initiatives. I often find myself explaining to relatives that in the (perhaps far distant) future, their doctor may be able to offer treatments customized specifically […]

Data Privacy, EHR & EMR, Information Management

Agency updates privacy rule for substance use disorder records

March 21, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has published a final rule modernizing regulations to reflect the current environment of information sharing through electronic health records. The new rule aims to protect […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

AHIMA toolkit helps facilities prepare for HIPAA Phase 2 audits

March 9, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

With the HHS Office for Civil Rights’ Phase 2 HIPAA audit program in full swing, the American Health Information Management Association has released a toolkit to help covered entities get ready for on-site audits by OCR. According to Kathy Downing, […]