As criteria are developed for the next stages of the HITECH Act electronic health record incentive program, it's essential that privacy and security issues are adequately addressed, one consumer advocacy group stresses.
Enforcing standards for privacy and security is a major part of a new health information exchange accreditation program, says Lee Barrett, executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.
In case you weren't one of the more than 31,000 who attended this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference in Orlando, here's a rundown of some of the privacy and security news from the show.
As federal authorities continue efforts to develop privacy and security guidelines for health information exchanges, a new survey shows that healthcare providers and others consider privacy and security as the issues with the most potential to derail HIEs.
In the second major HIPAA enforcement action announced by federal authorities this week, Massachusetts General Hospital and its physicians organization have entered into a resolution agreement that calls for paying a $1 million settlement and taking corrective action to avoid future violations.
The owner of four clinics in Maryland has been fined $4.3 million for HIPAA privacy rule violations that involved failing to provide 41 patients with access to their medical records and then failing to cooperate with federal investigators.
Once a CEO understands the value and risks catered through mobile functionality, it is easier to discuss mobile innovations, policy and how the company can then strike a balance to meet customer and employee requirements.
Physicians adopting electronic health records systems need to demonstrate to their patients that they're taking adequate steps to keep records secure because so many consumers are worried about health information privacy.
Federal regulators won't issue final versions of two important rules that deal with healthcare information privacy and security issues until the second half of this year, says security expert Lisa Gallagher.