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October 12, 2017  12:33 PM

PEW urges ONC to improve safety of pediatric EHR software

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
EHR, Regulations

In a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT's National Coordinator, Don Rucker, the Pew Charitable Trusts (PEW) as well as several other healthcare organizations urged ONC...

February 9, 2016  4:23 PM

ONC says HIPAA doesn’t impede health IT interoperability

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIPAA, HIPAA Compliance, Interoperability, OCR, ONC, PHI

Officials at ONC are determined to smother the notion that HIPAA and its PHI regulations interfere with providers' capacity to exchange patients' health information. At least that's the implication behind a collection of educational resources being published and promoted by ONC. In response to...


November 16, 2015  6:16 PM

Lawyer suggests strategies to avoid texting risks with PHI

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA security, PHI, PHI encryption

Healthcare providers and their business associates are fast getting hip to the reality that it’s not OK to text protected health information (PHI). Not only does unsecure...


September 17, 2015  3:36 PM

$750,000 settlement points to the need for strong HIPAA policies

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
HIPAA, HIPAA audits, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA data breach, HIPAA enforcement, HIPAA healthcare data

Many have talked about how HIPAA audits have yet to materialize. But for some providers, HIPAA-related investigations are very much a reality. Take...


August 18, 2015  1:26 PM

Providers see employees as causes of healthcare data breaches

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data breach, HIPAA, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA data breach, Interoperability, ONC

Healthcare providers fear unseen enemies will compromise the safety of patients' protected health information, but their biggest worry is something they can't operate without: their employees. More than three-quarters of respondents to 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend


April 28, 2015  11:28 AM

CMS: Technology can tighten link between quality measures and improvement

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
AHRQ, EHR, quality measures

In publishing a final draft of its Physician Quality Reporting Programs strategic vision, CMS reiterated that it stands with the growing crowd of healthcare entities that are supporting a move away from fee-for-service payment models. The official


March 26, 2015  9:32 AM

Halamka and Tripathi take aim at meaningful use stage 3

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
CMS, halamka, meaningful use stage 3, ONC

The health IT world reeled when CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT unleashed more than 700 pages of proposed rulemaking for meaningful use stage 3 for healthcare providers and EHR vendors. Now...


September 17, 2014  9:46 AM

Report documents health data security HIPAA compliance issues

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
health data security, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA data breach

Data security consultant and research firm the SANS Institute estimates that millions of healthcare IT systems are compromised and fail to meet HIPAA's network security requirements in its Health Care Cyberthreat Report....


May 20, 2014  2:44 PM

ONC renews deal with healthcare technology certification accreditor

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR certification, health IT certification, health IT standards, ONC

Between the ICD-10 delay and EHR certification becoming an annual process, change has ruled the last few months in health IT. A recent announcement may buck that trend and bring some continuity to the healthcare technology certification process.


June 12, 2013  2:53 PM

Patient portal messaging systems may help reduce malpractice liability

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA Compliance, malpractice, patient engagement, patient portal

Never mind the likely HIPAA violations that will occur when physicians and nurses start using their smartphones and iPads to message each other about patients, or worse yet, messaging patients directly  over such non-secure channels: It could also be ratcheting up your malpractice risk.


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