Category: Data Privacy

Data Privacy, Information Management, Innovation, Medical Devices

Wearable technology in healthcare: What are the leading themes?

November 13, 2019


The challenges that wearable technology is facing are broad. They range from data security, trust issues, and incentivisation to regulatory and ethical hurdles. Regulations surrounding wearables are in flux. Some regulatory agencies view wearables as low-risk devices and avoid regulatory […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

GDPR: study highlights data protection challenges for research

June 17, 2019


The research community often requires the depositing of individual genetic data from studies into research depositories to improve data sharing. This supports the reproducibility of new findings and facilitates discoveries. Attempts to comply with the requirements of journals and funders […]

Data Privacy, Data Security, Information Management

Australian patient data vulnerable to cyber attacks, audit finds

May 30, 2019


Victoria’s auditor general Andrew Greaves and his office were able to hack into some of the state’s biggest health databases. They used basic hacking tools to access patient data at five different organisations – Barwon Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital, […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Consumer health information is increasingly at risk, groups tell Congress

February 27, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Americans are facing a growing threat to their privacy as their online activities are closely monitored and used to reveal increasingly personal information, including potential details about their state of health. Sensitive information and changes in daily habits are tracked […]

Data Privacy, Data Security, Information Management

10 principles to guide digital health and protect privacy

February 25, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

Now more than ever, consumers are using a variety of digital tools and applications that involve their health and their health information. As a result, it is crucial that healthcare organizations be transparent about how they use consumer data, following […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Machine learning enables physical activity data to be re-identified

January 3, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

By leveraging machine learning algorithms, it is possible to re-identify physical activity data collected from wearable devices from which protected health information has been removed. That’s the contention of Anil Aswani, assistant professor in industrial engineering and operations research at […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Digital pills come under fire for privacy, patient-provider issues

September 27, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

There is no evidence that digital pills, prescription medications with ingestible wireless sensors, are beneficial to patients and, in fact, the technology poses a danger to the provider-patient relationship. That’s the contention of researchers at the University of Illinois at […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

More Than 3 Million Patient Records Breached During Q2 2018

August 15, 2018

Via: EmrAndHipaa

A new study by data security vendor Protenus has concluded that more than 3 million patient records were breached during the second quarter of 2018, in a sharp swing upward from the previous quarter with no obvious explanation. The Protenus […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

How GDPR Will Affect Privacy And Security Standards In US Health Care

July 16, 2018

Via: Forbes

The General Data Protection Requirement (GDPR) is top-of-mind in health care right now, but the specifics of how it’s going to reshape the health care industry are still a bit hazy. Whether in the implications of marketing and cloud-based data […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Ransomware attack in Indiana hits multispecialty practice

May 23, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Allied Physicians of Michiana, a 50-provider multispecialty practice in South Bend, Ind., suffered a ransomware attack on May 17 that was caused by a SamSam malware variant. Records from an unknown number of patients were temporarily affected by the incident. […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Feds issue guidance on substance abuse confidentiality law

May 4, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have issued guidance to help providers apply Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 to healthcare settings, including the […]

Data Privacy, Data Security, Information Management

Can Mobile Health Apps Be Made More Secure?

May 2, 2018

Via: Aberdeen Essentials

Mobile health apps are growing in popularity among doctors and patients alike. In a world where people are often too busy or unable to go to an appointment,  telemedicine can give people a chance to connect with their health providers. […]

Data Privacy, Information Management, Opinions

How Blockchain Will Transform the Healthcare Industry

April 24, 2018

Via: HITECH Answers

While blockchain technology was initially developed to support the exchange of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, its decentralized, distributed ledger of digital events also offers many appealing possibilities to the healthcare industry. A recent report by Deloitte notes that blockchain has significant […]

Data Privacy, Information Management

Facebook scandal could drive greater protections for consumer health data

April 12, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Fueled by Facebook’s failure to safeguard the data of users of its social media platform, lawmakers in Congress are looking to protect the online privacy of Americans through wide-ranging legislation that could have significant effects on the handling of health […]

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 […]