Healthcare data is generated by numerous systems and in a wide variety of formats. Add to this an ever changing IT vendor technology landscape and it's no surprise that most healthcare applications do not conform to a single data format. With so many unique formats to contend with, managing this data and deriving...
FTC settlement agreements in two cases involving data exposed on peer-to-peer networks offer a reminder of the risks involved in using the networks. Social Security numbers, healthcare information and other personal details were exposed.
What do the proposed Stage 2 rules for the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program have to say about encryption and other security measures? Consumer advocate Deven McGraw provides an analysis.
Consumer advocate Deven McGraw describes what she likes and doesn't like about the privacy and security provisions in the proposed rules for Stage 2 of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program.
For Healthcare providers, archiving electronic content is a critical best practice that every organization should follow. It not only assures that you meet your legal obligations to retain patient and client information, it is necessary to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations. Surprisingly, some organizations...
A risk analysis, as required under the HIPAA Security Rule, is a critical and foundational component of an effective risk management process that helps covered entities, and their business associates, to perform their mission and protect the health information entrusted to them.
The National Institute of Standards...
The American Health Information Management Association plans to work with various states next year to move toward more uniform privacy and security requirements that are in synch with federal requirements, says Lynne Thomas Gordon, AHIMA's new CEO.
The lack of uniformity in federal and state privacy and security requirements is creating major challenges for health information managers attempting to comply, says Lynne Thomas Gordon, the new CEO of the American Health Information Management Association.
Deven McGraw, co-chair of the Privacy and Security Tiger Team that's advising federal healthcare regulators, explains why she's frustrated by delays in rolling out new regulations to protect electronic health records and safeguard the exchange of patient information.
Physician group practices, many of which are adopting their first electronic health record system, need to make staff training on privacy and security issues a top priority, says Susan Turney, M.D., the new CEO at the Medical Group Management Association.
About 4.9 million patients treated in San Antonio area military treatment facilities since 1992 have been affected by a health information breach involving the theft of backup tapes for electronic health records.
With the announcement of a breach affecting 4.9 million patients in the Defense Department's TRICARE healthcare program, there have now been five incidents that each affected at least 1 million individuals since the HIPAA breach notification rule took effect.