A watchdog agency's estimate that as much as $729 million worth of HITECH Act incentive payments might have been paid to doctors who failed to provide proof that they were meeting requirements for meaningful use of EHRs - including risk assessments - is raising questions about the program's accountability.
The Department of Veteran Affairs' implementation of an electronic health records system from the same vendor used by the Department of Defense likely will improve the security of vets' health data, but the move presents many new challenges, some health data security experts say.
Despite being one of the most heavily regulated industries, Healthcare companies still struggle to assess their risk at more than a surface level. A good assessment has to include people, policies, procedures, controls and technologies. The task is daunting but increasingly critical.
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A recent ransomware attack on electronic health records and practice management software vendor Greenway Health, which affected several hundred physician group practices using its cloud-based applications, is a reminder to all healthcare providers of the risks that vendors can pose.
As President Trump approaches day 100 of his presidency April 29, it's time to assess the impact of his administration so far on health data privacy, security and related health IT issues. Do we have any more clarity now than we did when he took office in January?
Healthcare industry organizations are again asking Congress to ease a ban that prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from funding unique patient identifiers, saying that a failure to act will be detrimental to the success of healthcare information exchange.
The Department of Health and Human Services is making progress in building its new team to lead IT-related efforts, including addressing health data privacy and security matters. Among the appointments: Donald Rucker, M.D., is the new national coordinator for health IT.
The Trump administration has named Roger Severino as the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA and protects patients rights. Meanwhile, it remains unclear who will lead the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Little by little, the Trump administration is filling key leadership positions in the Department of Health and Human Services that can have an impact on privacy and security issues. Could these new leaders make big changes?
Implementing robust access controls in healthcare settings can be particularly challenging for several reasons. But Fisher-Titus Medical Center is making progress in strengthening authentication and other security controls, says Peter Jacob, the hospital's manager of IT operations.
Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 16 individuals who were allegedly part of a $60 million healthcare fraud case involving falsifying electronic health records of hospice patients. Do EHRs make it easier to commit - and investigate - healthcare fraud?
When it comes to health data privacy and security issues, industry experts aren't sure what to expect from Tom Price, M.D., the newly confirmed secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. But they offer a wish list of what they hope will happen.