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Insurers object to new compliance fees; hospitals take opposing stance
By Virgil Dickson | April 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
An HHS proposal designed to ensure uniformity in how healthcare providers and payers handle patient data has created a new division among the two groups. Insurance companies are objecting to the plan while hospitals and physicians are supporting it. The proposal would cost insurers between $25...
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HHS releases tech tool to assess health IT security risks
By Rachel Landen | March 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS released a new tool Friday to help healthcare providers assess their information security risks.The security risk assessment app is designed to help small- to medium-sized clinician offices conduct and document a risk assessment for their organization at their own pace under the Health...
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Google Glass offers vision of wearable tech in healthcare
By Beth Kutscher | March 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Google's new wearable mobile technology, Google Glass, is making its first inroads into healthcare settings, signaling what could be the dawning of a new age of wearable computers that will spell major productivity improvements.
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Chopra, Tullman tapped by cloud-based storage firm Box
By Joseph Conn | March 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Aneesh Chopra, the former White House chief technology officer, and Glen Tullman, former CEO of electronic health-records developer Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, have been named special advisers to Silicon Valley-based cloud storage company Box. The company has ambitions to overcome the...
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Information
'Business associates' a healthcare data security concern, study finds
By Information Week | March 19, 2014
Contractors and subcontractors who work with healthcare organizations that process patient health information must meet HIPAA privacy rules. Referred to by regulators as "business associates," these external parties also include IT service providers. Despite the mandate that business associates...
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Vital Signs
A pair of troubling stories on healthcare data insecurity
By Joseph Conn | March 18, 2014
Two stories with ominous implications about data insecurity broke last week, and both raise issues about the seeming futility of enforcing federal healthcare data privacy laws. One was on CBS' "60 Minutes," an investigative report, “The Data Brokers: Selling Your Personal Information.”
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Doc fired over Facebook comment sues Spectrum Health
By MLive.com | March 17, 2014
An emergency room doctor has sued Spectrum Health, saying her position was terminated and she was wrongfully accused of a HIPAA violation over a comment made on Facebook.
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Wash. county to pay $215,000 over HIPAA violations
By Joseph Conn | March 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office for Civil Rights at HHS has reached a $215,000 settlement with Washington state's Skagit County following a security breach of 1,581 local patients' personally identifiable medical information, according to the federal agency.
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WEDI, EHNAC program will certify practice-management systems
By Joseph Conn | March 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A void that has existed for testing and certifying computer software systems for managing physician office practices is about to be filled by two organizations that are jointly creating a program.
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Vital Signs
FDA, FTC most likely to regulate health apps, experts predict
By Joseph Conn | February 05, 2014
Healthcare providers face legal risks because of gaps in the national regulatory framework for mobile medical information technologies, according to a pair of articles on telehealth privacy and security in the healthcare policy journal Health Affairs this month. Patients face inadequate protections...
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