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May 28, 2015  7:13 AM

Health IT startup offers single EHR option

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
C-CDA, EHR, HIPAA, HIPAA Privacy Rule, Meaningful use

When a new health IT company’s name sounds like a call to action, you can tell right away that the enterprise, even while for-profit, has a sense of mission. is an outgrowth of the modern patient advocacy...

June 12, 2014  10:45 AM

DeSalvo’s 10-year health data interoperability plan: Can it work?

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo

Let’s see what impact, if any, national health IT coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D.'s ambitious 10-year health data interoperability plan has on healthcare providers, consumers and IT vendors. The...

February 4, 2014  2:50 PM

CLIA update makes way for direct disclosure of patient lab results

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIPAA Privacy Rule, lab results, PHI, Short Message Service

Laboratories are now allowed to give patients access to their full test reports as a result of an update to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988. The rule also grants the same permission to personal...

June 14, 2013  1:07 PM

House demands explanation of IRS HIPAA policies after raid

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
hhs, HIPAA policies, HIPAA Privacy Rule, IRS

The IRS is being audited, in a sense, by a Congressional subcommittee. A House committee has called for an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service's policies, procedures and accountabilities under HIPAA in response to an...

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April 3, 2013  2:57 PM

Marking a decade of the HIPAA privacy rule

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA enforcement, HIPAA omnibus rule, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act

This year, the April Journal of AHIMA marks the HIPAA Privacy Rule's 10th birthday with a cover story. In the piece, many heavy-hitters of the healthcare world weigh in, none heavier than Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health and Human...

January 30, 2013  4:08 PM

HIPAA enforcement: Can Google be liable as a business associate?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA violations

What do attorneys and compliance experts have to do between now – just weeks after the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the new HIPAA enforcement rule – and...

December 14, 2012  2:48 PM

No holiday cheer for compliance pros until HHS publishes HIPAA omnibus

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
HIPAA, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA security rule, HITECH Act, Meaningful use

Well here we are, nearing the end of a busy year in health IT. And while there have been many major developments in the industry over the last 12 months, one bit of unfinished business still hangs unresolved: the final HIPAA omnibus rule,

January 24, 2012  11:37 AM

ECRI Institute offers health care social media tips

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
HIPAA Privacy Rule, Risk management, social media

It is trending whether you like it or not -- health care social media has gained much traction over the last five years. So much so, ECRI Institute -- a nonprofit research organization aimed at improving patient care based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. -- recently released "Social Media in Healthcare,"...

November 10, 2011  12:46 PM

OCR to begin random audits for HIPAA compliance

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
HIPAA audits, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA violations, Office for Civil Rights

Until recently, a health care organization's HIPAA compliance was put to the test only when a patient specifically filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  But the

August 23, 2011  11:57 AM

Ten tips for improving mobile device security in hospitals

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, Meaningful use, mobile health, mobile health technologies, Privacy and security

In order to comply with HIPAA and the HITECH Act, it's imperative to combat mobile device loss, theft and physical damage. Rebecca Herold, an information privacy, security and compliance consultant who runs Rebecca Herold & Associates LLC,...

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