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How Health Data Sharing Benefits a Research Center

July 6, 2015 - Health data sharing is becoming an increasingly popular topic in the healthcare industry, and more organizations are working to find ways to become more interoperable while keeping health data secure. The Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) is a non-profit research and technology company that provides research, analytics and evaluation services. CRI recently published a paper detailing a...


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Orlando Health Data Breach Affects 3,200

An employee’s unauthorized access of 3,200 patient medical records has caused a potential health data breach at Orlando Health. During a routine patient record access audit on May 27, 2015, Orlando Health discovered that a certified nursing...

Email Top Health Data Security Risk, Survey Finds

Email and messaging systems were cited as one of the top health data security risks that physicians, hospital administrators and health IT professionals are currently facing in healthcare, according to a MedData Group survey. The report gathered...

Utah Medical Privacy Bill Receives Pushback from DEA

A medical privacy bill went into effect in Utah earlier this year, requiring police agencies to get a warrant from a judge before searching the state’s controlled-substance database. However, the US Drug Enforcement Administration may sue...

Patient Privacy Top CHIME Recommendation to Senate Group

Protecting patient privacy and ensuring health data security were just two of several recommendations the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) put forth to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions...

Supreme Court Will Hear Vt. Health Data Collection Case

The Supreme Court announced that in its next term it will hear a case concerning the legality of health data collection. Currently, 16 states have approved legislation that allows for some form of health data collection. The case, Gobeille v....

Health Data Security Use-Cases for Securing Data Centers

We stay on the topic of health data security because as a critical piece of technology, this will always be a challenge for any healthcare organization housing sensitive data. Healthcare is also bound by regulation, compliance, and evolving considerations...

Phishing Attacks Top Data Security Motivator, Says HIMSS

Nearly three-quarters of healthcare organizations list phishing attacks as a motivator for improving their data security environment, according to a recent survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). That was...

Healthcare Application Security Lagging, Says Study

The state of healthcare application security is seriously lacking when compared to other industries, according to a recent report, and is ranked near the bottom when it comes to remediating known application vulnerabilities. Veracode’s...

Routine Audit Reveals PHI Data Breach for Md. Medical Center

A Maryland medical center conducted a routine audit and discovered that a PHI data breach had taken place, affecting approximately 1,000 patients. Meritus Health was running “routine compliance and self-audit efforts” on May 4, 2015,...

Business Associates Benefit From HITRUST Program Expansion

The HIPAA Omnibus Rule requires that healthcare business associates adhere to HIPAA, and covered entities need to ensure that those third-parties remain diligent in their data security measures. In an effort to improve the relationship between...

Creating New Healthcare Cloud End-User, Environment Policies

Cloud computing, mobility, and even the concepts of IoT are becoming staples within the IT and healthcare communities. Organizations are gearing up to move to the cloud and utilize a fast amount of resources to help them work with a diverse user...

Healthcare Not Only Industry Nervous About Compliance Audits

Healthcare compliance audits are reportedly coming soon, and covered entities of all sizes are working to ensure that they are prepared and have all data security issues ironed out. However, if a recent survey is any indication, healthcare is...

A Review of Common HIPAA Technical Safeguards

HIPAA technical safeguards are just one piece of the larger health data security plan that covered entities and their business associates must put together. However, it is a very important aspect. Over the next few weeks, HealthITSecurity.com...

Federal Agencies Need Better Cybersecurity Measures, Says GAO

Improving cybersecurity measures is just one of several areas that federal agencies need to work on in light of recent data breaches, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Other areas that federal agencies...

Healthcare Cloud Usage Exceeds IT Expectations, Report Finds

More healthcare organizations are beginning to implement cloud computing options for data storage options, but if a recent report is any indication, healthcare cloud usage has increased beyond what many IT teams expected. The average healthcare...

New Software Enables Secure EHR Data Linkage, Study Finds

A recent study found a way to ensure that secure EHR data can be exchanged and linked across multiple sites, improving patient care and further benefitting future research. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association,...

Maintaining HIPAA Compliance While Preparing for HIPAA Audits

Federal regulators are actively preparing to conduct extensive audits to determine business compliance with HIPAA privacy and security requirements. Covered businesses that handle PHI, i.e.,  individually identifiable health information...

VA Sees 51% Decrease in PHI Incidents for May

After a less than ideal April in terms of PHI incidents, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that it had a 51 percent decrease in that type of data breach in May. The VA’s May report sent to Congress showed that PHI incidents...

HIMSS Highlights How Direct Secure Messaging Facilitates HIE

The majority of organizations support Direct messaging as the method choice for exchanging data, although there are continued challenges incorporating structured data into the EHR, according to the 2015 HIMSS HIE and Direct Messaging Survey....