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State Data Breach Notification Laws Critical to Healthcare Orgs

The HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Data Breach Notification Rules require covered entities and business associates to take great care with how PHI is handled, stored, and transferred. Should patient data become compromised, healthcare organizations need to adhere to a strict notification process as well —co and may even find themselves liable to hefty fines. While federal regulations are...


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Enabling Providers to Use Truly HIPAA Compliant Email

As technology continues to evolve, healthcare organizations of all sizes are working to remain current in what they can offer to providers and patients while also keeping PHI secure. Covered entities now have various options of communication,...

How Data Encryption Benefits Data Security

As healthcare organizations continue to make the switch from physical to electronic records, implement EHRs, and connect to HIEs, healthcare data encryption options have also increased in popularity. This is when covered entities or business...

How Evolving Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Affect Providers

As healthcare providers work to implement the latest pieces of technology to improve patient care, the healthcare cybersecurity threats will also continue to evolve. Healthcare ransomware attacks, BYOD security, and healthcare data breaches continue...

HIPAA Data Breaches: What Covered Entities Must Know

As more healthcare organizations implement new technologies, connect to health information exchanges, and adopt electronic health record technology, they are potentially exposing themselves to more online threats and potential HIPAA data breaches....

The Role of Risk Assessments in Healthcare

A risk assessment helps covered entities ensure they are compliant with the HIPAA requirements in terms of physical, technical, and administrative safeguards. It also assists in showing potential areas where an organization might be putting PHI...

Why Blockchain Technology Matters for Healthcare Security

With technological innovations continuing to find a place in the healthcare industry, health data security must remain a top priority for organizations of all sizes. More electronic data is available than ever before, and covered entities are...

What Hospitals Should Know about Cloud Computing Security

With more healthcare organizations implementing mobile devices, and increasing their digital storage options, cloud computing security is quickly becoming a top healthcare industry issue. Healthcare cybersecurity concerns can often make covered...

BYOD Security in the Healthcare Setting

With mobile devices quickly becoming an integral part of daily operations at more healthcare organizations, both covered entities and their business associates need to ensure that they fully comprehend BYOD security and overall healthcare mobile...

How Ransomware Affects Hospital Data Security

Ransomware is a type of malware that typically prevents organizations from accessing certain parts of its system. For example, an entity and its users could be locked out from critical systems, such as EHRs, and may be unable to get in unless...

What Entities Need to Know about Upcoming OCR HIPAA Audits

The latest round of OCR HIPAA audits were announced earlier this year, leading many healthcare organizations to review their HIPAA compliance measures and ensure that all necessary policies and procedures have been properly documented. The second...

Increased EHR Adoption Raises Need for Robust EHR Security

EHR security is one small piece to the larger data security puzzle that healthcare organizations, especially those of a larger size, are becoming increasingly aware of and looking to address. Under HIPAA, covered entities have the responsibility...

How Healthcare Secure Texting, Messaging Impact the Industry

With the continued push for patient-centered care and ever-evolving technological options available to healthcare providers, secure texting and secure messaging have become an increasingly popular path for providers. Not only will secure texting...

Exploring Two-Sided Financial Risk in Alternative Payment Models

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based care becomes the name of the game in healthcare, public and private payers are pushing providers to take on more financial accountability for their services through alternative payment models. In a fee-for-service world, providers...

21st Century Cures Act Rekindles Information Blocking Debate

HealthITAnalytics While primarily billed as a much-needed influx of funding for precision medicine, the 21st Century Cures Act is poised to do much more for healthcare than it appears on the surface. In addition to adjusting drug development rules for pharmaceutical...

How Payers Can Improve HEDIS Quality Measure Performance

HealthPayerIntelligence HEDIS quality measures have a significant role in the healthcare industry regarding closing gaps in care and decreasing the use of costly acute care through preventive services. By placing a greater focus on value-based care and quality improvement...

Balancing Patient Portal Privacy and Access for Pediatric Care

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals are an important regulatory requirement, with industry professionals touting their ability to better engage the patient and help all participating parties manage patient health. While pediatric and adult patients tend to use the...

The Benefits and Challenges of Telehealth for Specialists

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth’s potential has always revolved around bringing the doctor to the patient, no matter where each are located. While the concept most often applies to acute or primary care providers, its success is often more visibly demonstrated...

Using Risk Scores, Stratification for Population Health Management

HealthITAnalytics Population health management requires providers to maintain a delicate balance between taking a long view of generalized patient trends and focusing personal attention on the individual and the distinctive circumstances that will influence her...

Why Application Programming Interfaces Are Key for Healthcare

HITInfrastructure Healthcare organizations seeking to create interoperability between internal apps, EHRs, and other data exchange tools, are increasingly turning to application programming interfaces (APIs) to manage the flow of information between disparate...

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