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11 Data Security Tips For A Healthy Organization In 2013

Rick Kam | Government Health IT | January 8, 2013

2013 is the Year of the Snake in Chinese culture. In the healthcare world, I predict 2013 will be the Year of the Data Breach. The numbers back me up: 94 percent of healthcare organizations surveyed suffered data breaches, according to the Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security, a report recently issued by Ponemon Institute. Read More »

5 Tips For Cybersecurity Incident Response

Rick Kam | Government Health IT | February 2, 2015

Experts and politicians agree that security and privacy incidents are a given...And as the new cyber-risk handbook from the National Association of Corporate Directors puts it: “If a sophisticated attacker targets a company’s systems, they will almost certainly [be breached].”...

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Anatomy of a Public Health Open Source Project: HLN's Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE)

An immunization information system (IIS) aggregates immunization information for children (and some adults) living or receiving immunization services in a jurisdiction. One of the core components of an IIS is its immunization evaluation and forecasting system: the computerized algorithm that is used to determine if vaccine doses that were administered to the patient are clinically valid (evaluation) and to project what doses are due now and in the future (forecasting). These algorithms are used to support clinical decision support (CDS) at the point of care and also to help public health agencies understand and manage the immunization status of whole populations.

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Are Open Source Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Services Subject to HIPAA Regulations?

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) services such as HLN’s Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) are modular, loosely-coupled components of larger systems accessed via web services in a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Under HIPAA, services provided to Covered Entities (CE) which involve protected health information (PHI) as defined in the statute are subject to the regulation. But are CDS services such as ICE subject to this regulation?

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careMESH Launches New Referral Management Module with Guaranteed Digital Delivery to Any U.S. Clinician

Press Release | careMESH | March 14, 2019

careMESH, the only service provider that guarantees 100% digital delivery of protected health information to any clinician nationwide, announced that it has expanded its secure communications capabilities to include a comprehensive referral management module. The built-in workflow tools and convenient administrative Task Manager make it easy for users to create a referral, attach a patient record and other relevant care information, and send it digitally to any other healthcare provider in the country. careMESH customers, including hospitals, large physician groups, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and others, use careMESH to send structured medical records, discharge summaries, secure messages, and other sensitive clinical information.

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EMR Direct Announces Availability Of Direct Project Secure Email Powered By phiMail™ In OpenEMR 4.1.2

Press Release | EMR Direct, OpenEMR | August 19, 2013

EMR Direct, a leading developer of software for the secure exchange of Protected Health Information (PHI) over the Internet, today announced the integration of its phiMail Direct messaging platform with the latest production release of OpenEMR [...]. Read More »

Florida Doctors Weigh Higher Costs For Medical Record Copies

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | August 2, 2013

A hearing in Florida is considering a petition to increase the costs of reproducing patient medical records scheduled to begin Friday morning at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Deerfield Beach, according to the Tampa Bay Times. (Apparently, the Blue Button has yet to come to this part of the Sunshine State.) Read More »

Giving Patients A Role In Data Exchange

Joseph Goedert | HealthData Management | July 10, 2013

A pilot program at the University of Texas at Austin seeks to find the right processes for enabling patients to track who requests and receives their protected health information. Read More »

Larry Ponemon On Securing Regulated Data In Healthcare: Q&A

Patrick Ouellette | Health IT Security | July 8, 2013

Though mobile applications that share files through the cloud such as Box and DropBox can be appealing to consumers, the Ponemon Institute has found that these types of applications can be unsafe in a clinical environment. [...] Read More »

Mobile Devices, Cloud Computing: What Healthcare CIOs Fear Most

Greg Slabodkin | FierceMobileHealthcare | July 8, 2013

Although mobile apps that share files through the cloud are gaining in popularity in the consumer market, these apps can be unsafe in a clinical setting according to a recent study by the Ponemon Institute. Read More »

No Thanks, I Already Have a Number

Health care has a problem.  Well, of course, it has many problems, but one of them is that the various parties involved in the health care system can't agree on who we are. Twenty years ago HIPAA called for creation of unique patient identifiers to accomplish this task, but within two years Congress put this on hold until further notice, and we're still waiting. Everyone used to use social security numbers for this purpose, until we finally figured out the folly of that (especially since that number was never intended to be used as a national identification number).  The private sector continues to clamor for federal action, while CHIME launched a National Patient ID Challenge in order to come up with solutions. News flash; we already have a unique, non-government-issued identifier: it's called a cell phone number...

Open Source EHR Generator Delivers Healthcare Big Data with FHIR

Jennifer Bresnick | Health IT Analytics | September 8, 2017

Healthcare data analysts frustrated by the lack of access to large volumes of clean, trusted, and complete patient data can now take advantage of an open source EHR data generator platform called Synthea. One million synthetic patient records are currently available within the free online system, which uses HL7 FHIR to allow access to standardized datasets that mimic real electronic health records...

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Over 140,000,000 Americans’ Health Information Disclosed in Data Breaches

Rick Kam | ID Experts | August 10, 2015

Almost half of Americans’ sensitive health information have been disclosed in data breaches increasing their risk of medical identity theft and medical fraud. Read More »

Pilot Aims To Add Transparency To Exchange Of PHI

Greg Slabodkin | FierceHealthIT | July 11, 2013

A pilot program at the University of Texas at Austin is looking at how to enable patient tracking of who requests and receives their protected health information (PHI), according to a Health Data Management article. Read More »

PokitDok Achieves EHNAC Cloud-Enabled and Outsourced Services Accreditation for Health Information Exchange

Press Release | PokitDok | January 9, 2017

PokitDok, a software development platform for the business of healthcare, announced today it has achieved full accreditation with the Outsourced Services Accreditation Program (OSAP) for Health Information Exchange (HIE) and the Cloud-Enabled Accreditation Program (CEAP) from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC)...

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