Category: Data Privacy

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, Data Security, Information Management

9 important steps in securing medical devices

April 18, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Manufacturers of both personal and hospital-based medical devices need to ramp up the security protection they offer in their products, starting in the design phase. And healthcare organizations need to amp up the pressure on these vendors by ensuring that […]

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, […]

Data Privacy, Information Management, Innovation, Med Tech

Could smartglass rehumanize the physician patient relationship?

March 7, 2017

Via: The Medical News

How does the smartglass-based physician productivity platform Augmedix work? Augmedix is a Google Glass-powered remote scribe service that frees doctors from 3 hours of mandated charting and documentation each day. Before entering the exam room, a physician dons a pair […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Consumers Fear Theft Of Personal Health Information

February 16, 2017

Via: EmrAndHipaa

Probably fueled by constant news about breaches – duh! – consumers continue to worry that their personal health information isn’t safe, according to a new survey. As the press release for the 2017 Xerox eHealth Survey notes, last year more […]

Data Privacy, Data Security, Information Management, Regulatory

How HIPAA enforcement could change in 2017

February 1, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

While home on paternity leave taking care of my baby daughter, I’ve had a fair amount of time to think about different issues, which means I think about HIPAA. The fact that my mind turns to HIPAA on my free […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Why encryption use doesn’t match data protection needs

January 31, 2017

Via: Health Data Management

Too many organizations pay only lip service to the practice of encrypting important information, increasing the likelihood that they will suffer a cyber attack. According to a new study from Osterman Research, while email encryption is a “critical” or “very […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Researchers find wearables pose risks to consumer privacy

December 20, 2016

Via: Health Data Management

Weak and fragmented healthcare privacy regulations are failing to provide adequate federal laws to protect personal health information collected by wearable devices that are increasingly popular with consumers. That’s the conclusion of researchers from the American University in Washington, D.C., […]

Data Privacy, Data Security, Information Management

Concerto unveils cloud platform for healthcare

December 19, 2016

Via: HealthcareITnews

Concerto Cloud Services launched a platform featuring built-in HIPAA compliance from the application down through the physical layer. The service, called the Concerto Cloud for Healthcare, also offers hybrid deployment capabilities, with integrations across the Concerto private cloud, Microsoft Azure […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

The 10 largest healthcare data breaches of 2016

December 13, 2016

Via: Health Data Management

Cyber attacks hit nine providers and a business associate in the 10 largest hacks of 2016. The number of records accessed were down significantly from 2015, when hackers were able to break into records of large insurers. Here are the […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

The Evolution of Communication in Healthcare

November 10, 2016

Via: EMR Thoughts

Thanks to technological breakthroughs, communication in healthcare has evolved by leaps and bounds from the old days of paper filing systems, faxes, and phone calls. Although those methods are still widely used, there are faster ways to keep patients in […]