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,...
The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to more closely scrutinize federal regulators' oversight of the security controls that healthcare providers and business associates use to protect electronic patient information. It also will review FDA oversight of medical device cybersecurity.
Now that it has issued a 10-year roadmap for secure, interoperable health information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has a number of privacy-related projects planned for 2016, says Lucia Savage, ONC's chief privacy officer. She spells those out in this in-depth interview.
Overcoming misperceptions about the HIPAA Privacy Rule will prove vital to achieving nationwide, secure health data exchange, says attorney Jodi Daniel, who until recently helped develop federal policy.
Devin Jopp, CEO of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, describes a new effort to develop recommendations for how to protect genomic data as it's exchanged, as is called for under President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative.
A recent agreement among 12 electronic health record vendors to support an effort to create a voluntary set of metrics assessing the interoperability of their products could potentially be a step toward easing secure health information exchange, says Kent Gale of the research firm KLAS.
A number of short-term and long-term hurdles, including technology and policy issues, stand in the way of achieving secure, interoperable, nationwide health information exchange, says David Kibbe, M.D., of DirectTrust, which maintains a secure email framework.
A podiatrist, his wife and the CEO of a healthcare firm have been indicted in a Medicare fraud case that allegedly involved an electronic medical records system deliberately configured to submit falsified medical claims.