Two groups of health IT experts say the massive Precision Medicine Initiative will require the application of existing and new health information exchange standards and the creation of new privacy protections.
By law, patients have a right to obtain electronic copies of their medical records, but should they also have a right to access those records by using software applications of their choosing?
One way to curb the number of health information data breaches is for the federal government to share its investigative reports into HIPAA violations. More security audits and a more-engaged insurance industry that's working with clients to avoid security breaches offer other solutions, says one...
Middle-aged white people now account for one-third of all suicides in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24% in 15 years.
Many healthcare organizations are choosing to invest in secure messaging because of the business benefits—compliance, communication, and clinical systems integration. When crafting your business case for secure messaging, consider focusing on these three Cs as your drivers.
Regarding the recent article “New HIPAA audits will target healthcare industry's business partners” (ModernHealthcare.com, March 21), when is there going to be “hot pursuit” of the criminals who acquire and misuse the data? Find them, convict them, jail them and make it...
The feds appear to be preparing to clamp down on the sometimes porous flow of patient data handled by vendors of healthcare organizations, which has exploded with the growth of EHRs, analytics and mobile devices in healthcare.
A new round of federal privacy and security audits will target the business associates of healthcare providers, insurers and other HIPAA-covered entities along with the entities themselves, according to HHS' Office for Civil Rights.
There is perhaps no piece of technology more associated with doctors than the humble pager, the shrill and demanding black box that still serves as an essential communication tool. But a number of companies are vying to do away with the gadget and bring medicine into the digital age.
Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a not-for-profit arm of Northwell Health, formerly North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, agreed to pay $3.9 million, one of the largest settlements in the agency's history. North Memorial Health Care of Robinsdale, Minn., agreed to pay $1,550,000.
The Obama administration is working to balance patient privacy with the promise of tapping into market forces to boost its 4-year-old initiative to allow outside organizations to mine federal claims data for healthcare quality improvement and cost containment.
Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn attacked the federal health information privacy laws haphazardly, according to a privacy legal expert, and egregiously, according to a leading privacy advocate. Experts say that in mentioning specifically the federal privacy law, he mixed research governed under the...