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The Markle Foundation's "blue-button" concept for enabling patients to download their records from a secure website is suitable for a wide variety of healthcare organizations, says Josh Lemieux, the foundation's director of personal health technology.
Hospitals and physician group practices applying for federal incentive payments for using electronic health records must carefully address privacy as well as security issues, says Kelly McLendon, president of Health Information Xperts.
Detailed patient consent recommendations that a privacy and security "tiger team" recently completed are just a starting point toward giving patients far more control over their healthcare information, the co-chair of the team acknowledges.
Educating staff about keeping protected health information off social media should be a high priority, much like education about sexual harassment, discrimination or any other behavior with zero tolerance.
The California state legislature has passed a stronger data breach notification bill that could mean increased consumer privacy protection for residents -- if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs it into law.
A committee that advises federal regulators on healthcare information technology policies has approved detailed recommendations for how and when to obtain patient consent for the exchange of their electronic health records.
As the electronic medical records revolution takes hold of the healthcare industry, the benefits and drawbacks of digitized health documentation are being revealed. On one hand, the convenience of putting this data online enables healthcare professionals to provide more collaborative and knowledgeable care by...
Healthcare organizations and their business partners are facing compliance trauma from every aspect of the business. Security and privacy regulations have been in place since 1996 within the United States with HIPAA, but for the first decade of its existence HIPAA had no teeth. Today, healthcare organizations face...