Proposed new federal regulations would end the HITECH Act electronic health records "meaningful use" incentive program for physicians treating Medicare patients and replace it with a simplified program as part of a sweeping payment revamp. What impact would the Medicare change have on data security requirements?
A jury's decision to award $940 million in damages to electronic health records software vendor Epic Systems, which had sued India's Tata Consultancy Services alleging theft of trade secrets, serves up lessons about the importance of restricting access to all sensitive data, including intellectual property.
DirectTrust is beta testing a new version of its Direct protocol for secure email messaging that can support secure texting and "chats" involving health information on mobile devices, says David Kibbe, M.D., the association's president and CEO.
Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer at ONC, explains how a new "interoperability pledge" taken by dozens of large electronic health record vendors and healthcare organizations will advance secure health data exchange as well as help patients to securely share their own health information.
In an in-depth interview, CIO Ed Ricks of Beaufort Memorial Hospital in South Carolina offers insights on how the community hospital, with limited resources, is tackling breach prevention and detection. He'll be a featured speaker at the HIMSS 2016 Conference.
Multiple hospitals from Hollywood to Germany have been hit recently by ransomware attacks. It's a reminder that no organization is immune to outbreaks of malware that's designed to forcibly encrypt all data stored on PCs and servers.
The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2017 budget yet again seeks additional funding for the long overdue HIPAA compliance audit program and a variety of other health data privacy and security efforts. But will Congress approve spending increases?
Why is devising a reliable patient identifier such a critical issue? Because matching a patient to the wrong records creates serious safety risks as well as privacy problems, says CIO Marc Probst, who explains in an interview how he's tackling the issue at Intermountain Healthcare.
For months, Congress has been scrutinizing security and privacy issues raised by the widespread adoption of electronic health records. Now many of those issues are finally being addressed in draft legislation.
Matching all the right records from multiple sources to the right patient has long been a challenge because of the lack of a widely used patient identifier. That's why the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has launched a $1 million competition to help pinpoint a practical solution.
If federal regulators pull the plug on the HITECH Act's "meaningful use" incentive program for electronic health records, they must devise bold new ways to help ensure that data stored in EHR systems is secure.
A federal official's comments this week that the government is "ending" the HITECH Act's "meaningful use" incentive program for electronic health records is raising numerous questions, including what's next for health data privacy and security regulations.
A detailed new report to Congress recommends several steps to ease the secure sharing of patient information, paving the way for better coordination of care and improved patient outcomes. What hurdles were identified?
The Information Security Media Group conducts an annual Healthcare Information Security Survey with the assistance of members of the Healthcare Info Security board of advisers that includes leading healthcare information security and IT experts. Respondents included about 200 chief information security officers, CIOs,...