Care New England pays $400,000 for lack of current HIPAA agreement

By Joseph Conn  |  September 26, 2016

Four-hospital Care New England Health System, based in Providence, R.I., has agreed to pay $400,000 and write a corrective action plan after a federal investigation found it lacked an up-to-date business associate's agreement between it and one of its hospitals.

Blog: Privacy, security issues delay API recommendations

By Joseph Conn  |  May 18, 2016

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?

Annual e-prescribing volume up 20% in 2014

By Joseph Conn  |  May 20, 2015

The nation's largest e-prescribing network reported another big jump in e-prescribing volume, but the number of e-prescribers increased more slowly and e-prescribing of controlled substances has lagged.

Blog: ONC guide offers narrow view of privacy, security rules

By Joseph Conn  |  May 06, 2015

HHS has a revised guide to privacy and security for electronic health information that's intended to help smaller healthcare organizations that lack a legal staff. The guide, however, gives scant attention to several important regulatory areas.

ONC fail: EHR 'data blocking' still rampant

By Joseph Conn  |  April 17, 2015

More than five years after Congress mandated HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to establish a “governance mechanism” for seamless health information exchange, the agency earlier this month confirmed that widespread “data blocking” still existed, largely...


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