Enforcing patients' rights under HIPAA to access their health information - including via health apps - is a top policy initiative at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Director Roger Severino said in a Wednesday presentation. He also said a $2.1 million HIPAA penalty would be announced soon.
How might a national unique patient identifier improve the accuracy of patient record matching and potentially help address identity fraud? Julie Dooling of the American Healthcare Information Management Association - which has been lobbying for the development of such an ID - makes the case.
Seven healthcare and health IT industry groups are asking Congress to apply the brakes in issuing a final rule on interoperability, information blocking and health information exchange as required under the 21st Century Cures Act, citing concerns about privacy and other issues.
Some healthcare IT industry groups and large provider organizations are pushing the Senate to follow the House's lead and approve a measure to lift the 20-year ban on federal funding of the development or adoption of a unique national patient identifier. Why is this still such a hot privacy issue?
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued proposed changes to privacy rules related to the sharing of patient records created by federally assisted substance use disorder treatment programs. Do the proposals go too far, or not far enough?
The National Association of Attorneys General is urging Congress to drop the "cumbersome, out-of-date privacy rules" contained in federal regulations on substance abuse and instead apply the "effective and more familiar" HIPAA Privacy Rule to help address the opioid crisis by easing the sharing of data.
DirectTrust's new effort to develop a standard for instant messaging in healthcare could potentially help providers securely communicate in real time over multiple platforms, says Scott Stuewe, the nonprofit alliance's president and CEO.
DirectTrust, - known for creating and maintaining the Direct protocol and trust framework for secure email in healthcare - has kicked off a new initiative to develop industry standards for secure real-time instant messaging. What are the potential benefits?
The federal government says it will scrutinize healthcare providers and health IT vendors that participate in so-called "information blocking." But what are the top technical challenges and other barriers in ensuring that health information is being appropriately, legally and securely shared with clinicians, patients...
What are the key privacy and security requirements proposed in the latest draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement issued by federal regulators to promote nationwide secure health data exchange? Elise Sweeney Anthony of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT explains.
Healthcare stakeholders and security and privacy experts are sizing up the second draft of the government's Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, the latest in a decades-long series of attempts to pave the way for secure national exchange of health information to improve patient outcomes.
The Department of Health and Human Services has yet to take certain critical actions to help enhance cybersecurity, according to a new GAO report that lists hundreds of recommendations for improving operations that have not been implemented.
To help prevent breaches involving telehealth, it's critical that only the minimum amount of patient data be shared when delivering remote healthcare services, says Scott Anderson, CTO at Conversa Health.