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CareFirst data hoarding widened breach's impact

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 23, 2015

The newly announced cyberattack against CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the massive earlier hacks at Premera Blue Cross and Anthem would have had a narrower impact if the health insurers hadn't retained customer data for so long, experts say.

Don't overlook risks from automatic data entry in EHRs, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

Regarding the article “Getting the data stream flowing: Hospitals want monitoring devices and EHRs to communicate”, entering vitals such as blood pressure, respiration rate and oxygen saturation from electronic monitors directly into the electronic health record saves time and...

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

Data-sharing provisions of SGR fix will aid quality efforts

By Dr. John Toussaint  |  May 02, 2015

With President Barack Obama's recent signing of legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician compensation and revising the Medicare qualified entity program, doctors will be paying more attention than ever to value.

Time to clean up our data act

Time to clean up our data act

By Bruce Johnson  |  April 29, 2015

The ability to analyze massive amounts of data for improved outcomes, both financial and clinical, has a limitation: inaccurate data. Bad data, or dirty data as it is often called, are the Achilles' heel of actionable information. Unfortunately, in healthcare, there's too much of it.

Insurers face tougher oversight on protecting data

By Bob Herman  |  April 25, 2015

New national guidelines indicate health insurers will face tougher regulatory scrutiny over how they protect customers from data breaches. But the guidance likely won't do much to prevent cyberattacks in the first place.

ONC outlines plans to curb EHR 'blocking'

By Darius Tahir  |  April 11, 2015

A government report released last week slammed providers and health information technology vendors for a pattern of business practices that are effectively blocking the easy transfer of electronic health records.

Clinical data hack could haunt Premera customers

By Adam Rubenfire  |  March 21, 2015

The cyberattack against Premera Blue Cross disclosed last week affects significantly fewer people than the Anthem hack revealed last month. But the hacked Premera data could have greater value and cause more damage to customers.

New app aids Mount Sinai asthma research

New app aids Mount Sinai asthma research

By Darius Tahir  |  March 21, 2015

Mount Sinai Hospital had been working closely with mobile application developer LifeMap Solutions since the New York City-based firm was launched last May. That closeness paid off when an unexpected opportunity arrived.

Health lawyers meet to mull antitrust ruling, data security

By Paul Demko  |  February 28, 2015

On the same day the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the blockbuster King v. Burwell case in Washington, healthcare lawyers will assemble in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to discuss other important and contentious legal topics at the American Bar Association's Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law...

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