Tag: Data privacy

Innovation, Med Tech

3 Tips for Securing Private Healthcare Data

October 4, 2022

Via: HitConsultant

Technology is a dominant force in healthcare. During the pandemic, healthcare systems relied on technology to swiftly move to virtual care, remote work, and more collaborative communication and data management systems – and that will accelerate. As organizations speed up […]


Lawmakers amplify calls for federal agencies to increase data privacy after Dobbs decision

July 7, 2022

Via: Healthcare Dive

In June, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and flipped decades of settled precedent. The landmark decision resulted in dozens of states restricting access or criminalizing the procedure. Many patients from states that ban abortion are now looking toward […]


Is Location Data The Big Next Health Privacy Threat?

January 3, 2020

Via: EMR Thoughts

With smartphones in the hands of virtually anyone in the U.S. who wants one, they’re part of the background of our lives, quiet, surprisingly powerful assistants that bring much of the modern world into our hands. But as a new […]


How to overcome 10 top EHR implementation challenges

June 17, 2019

Via: Health Data Management

The vast majority of healthcare organizations have electronic health records systems in place, but the use of such systems does not remain static. New capabilities are added, or organizations decide to rip old ones out and replace them with new […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Privacy expert shares tips for preventing visual hacking

September 12, 2016

Via: HealthcareITnews

When the Ponemon Institute released its 2016 Global Visual Hacking Experiment, the research firm found that 91 percent of visual hacking attempts are successful. Visual hacking applies to spying on physical items, like someone’s desk, computer screen or mobile device, even […]


Active market for healthcare records looms as newest cyber threat

July 12, 2016

Via: Health Data Management

Offers to sell patient records with protected health information on the “Dark Web” market represent a new level of threat for healthcare organizations trying to protect health information, offering further monetary inducement to hackers trying to access records. The addition […]


655,000 patient records reportedly for sale on the dark web after ransom demand

June 29, 2016

Via: HealthcareITnews

The healthcare records of some 655,000 patients are allegedly being sold on the dark web for 151 to 607 bitcoins or $100,000 to $395,000, according to the website DeepDotWeb. In an encrypted Jabber conversation, a hacker using the handle “thedarkoverlord” […]