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EHR security


February 23, 2016  4:04 PM

ONC survey: Growth of confidence in EHR privacy and security

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR safety, EHR security, patient data, patient data privacy, patient data security

Patients' trust in providers' abilities to protect EHR privacy and security is steadily increasing to the point where more than three-quarters of patients support the idea of providers electronically exchanging their data. From 2012 to 2014, ONC polled Americans on their confidence in the...

June 9, 2015  11:05 AM

Switching to cloud-based EHRs reduces data breach concerns for most small practices

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
cloud EHR, EHR implementation, EHR security, Interoperability

Significantly fewer physicians that deploy cloud-based EHR systems in solo or small medical practices are worried about their system's security than their counterparts that use server-based EHRs. More than 80% of users of server-based systems are fearful their system or hosted files may be...


December 22, 2014  11:49 AM

Review the cyberattack on Sony Pictures in light of potential EHR theft

Scott Wallask Scott Wallask Profile: Scott Wallask
cybersecurity, data breaches, Disaster Recovery, EHR security, ONC

When was the last time you talked to your company's emergency response planners? If you haven't done so in a while, make it a New Year's resolution to get a cup of coffee with them. Since late 2013, we've seen high-stake data breaches at Target, Home Depot, and most recently, Sony Pictures...


July 11, 2014  12:02 PM

Two-factor authentication a must for cloud health IT

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
cloud implementation, EHR security, HIT cloud, Meaningful use, multifactor authentication, Two factor authentication

Two-factor authentication – using a second identifier beyond a password to access data, be it a smartphone text code, retinal scan, fingerprint, DNA sample or other pound of flesh -- has been discussed as a mandate in meaningful use for years, the latest in 2013 as federal advisory committees...


December 17, 2013  1:29 PM

Providers concerned with EHR security, few fighting copy/paste fraud

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR copy and paste, EHR security, OIG, upcoding

Amid other EHR security concerns, few hospitals are protecting themselves from potential EHR copy and paste fraud. Less than a quarter (24%) of hospitals surveyed by the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) confirmed they had...


November 19, 2013  1:30 PM

VA turns to open source EHR in wake of student-found vulnerability

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR, EHR security, Open source, VA, Vista EHR

A term project by a Georgia Tech graduate student lead to the discovery of a security vulnerability in  the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) EHR system. As a result, the VA collaborated...


October 1, 2013  1:00 PM

Xerox EHR survey: Patient engagement a tall task

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR adoption, EHR safety, EHR security

Meaningful use stage 2 requirements mandate that 5% of a facility's patients must view, download or transmit their data electronically in order to qualify for incentive payments. That could prove a difficult goal to reach, if statistics from Xerox's fourth annual EHR survey represent the country as...


November 14, 2012  2:09 PM

Near field communication: The next cool (health care) thing?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR security, google android, HIPAA, Identity management, ipad, iPhone, near field communication, Single sign-on

When two smartphone users pass music playlists to each other by tapping their Android phones together in the hilarious Samsung S III commercial mocking Apple fanatics (extended version here), a jealous iPhone user waiting in line for the...


August 16, 2012  3:19 PM

1,000 patients voice concerns about EHR security in survey

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR, EHR security, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA security, patient data security

Finally, someone decided to ask patients how they feel about EHR security, or how much they trust their providers' EHR systems. No consultants, regulators or blue-sky technologists were allowed in this survey. Health IT distributor CDW Healthcare surveyed 1,000 patients (age and...


November 9, 2011  1:02 PM

10 things you need to know from the IOM HIT safety report

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
adverse event reporting, EHR security, FDA, IOM, ONC

Research is inconclusive about how safe health IT is for patients overall -- and poorly designed software can cause errors in an already complex national system of health care delivery -- making government oversight of HIT safety and serious adverse events (death serious injury and unsafe...


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