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Vendors Needed for NCCoE Guide on Secure Medical Devices

January 29, 2016 - The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is calling for vendor participation in a project which will investigate how to better enable secure medical devices. Specifically, the guide will focus on medical infusion pumps. These infusion pumps inject intravenous medications directly into patients, and have capabilities...


FDA Interoperability Draft Stresses Healthcare Data Security


As the healthcare industry continues to push for EHR interoperability, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that healthcare data security, patient safety, and risk management should be top priority for IT developers and users. In their...

DirectTrust Growth Reflects Priority on HIE Security


Secure direct messaging and health information exchange (HIE) security is growing, according to DirectTrust’s 2015 end of year metrics. By the end of 2015, the Direct exchange had performed nearly 44 million transactions across its network....

71% of VA Patients Find Secure Direct Message Safe, Valuable


Recent research shows that many patients with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are comfortable with using secure direct messaging with their physicians. According to a study led by Jolie N. Haun, PhD, EdS, out of the Veterans Health Administration,...

Senators Present Bill Aimed at Health IT Security Standards


In order to maintain health IT security standards and quality IT system performance, two senators have introduced legislation that would call for transparent review of various health IT products. Introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D., and...

Health Information Security a Decreasing Concern in EHR Use


Health information security is of increasing importance as health information exchange (HIE) and EHR incentive and meaningful use programs have been implemented throughout the healthcare industry. A recent study conducted by Cornell University...

EHR Security Essential in HIE Push, Says AHA to Congress


As the push for HIE continues, it is important to not lose sight of EHR security, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a letter to Congress, the AHA explained that it is important to strengthen the existing policy framework...

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,...

Will Interoperability Increase EHR Security Risks?


The push for interoperability will increase EHR security risks, according to a nationwide patient advocacy group. The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom states that new EHR interoperability requirements will potentially make it easier...

EHR Privacy, Security Part of New Bi-Partisan Group’s Goals


Improving EHR privacy and security are part of the reason behind the forming of a new bi-partisan committee working group. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray announced last week that the group is...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use: Breaking Down HIPAA Rules


CMS released its Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposal last month, with numerous aspects that covered entities (CEs) need to be aware of and pay attention to. While the proposal has a large focus on EHR interoperability, it continues to build on the...

Will Minn. EHR Interoperability Law Compromise Privacy?


Minnesota is currently one of two states with an EHR interoperability law, requiring providers to not only use EHRs, but also connect to a state-certified health information organization. However, critics claim that patients’ medical data would...

Why Healthcare Privacy and Security Need a Holistic Approach


Regardless of an organization’s size, it’s essential that all healthcare privacy and security needs are taken into account in order to create a comprehensive and secure system. A holistic approach that reviews an organization’s technology...

Supreme Court Dismisses Medical Identity Theft Lawsuit


The Supreme Court has dismissed a class action suit for medical identity theft filed against St. Joseph Health System (SJHS), a healthcare facility in Texas. According to a report on, Beverly Peters, a patient of SJHS, filed...

BIDMC Developing Interactive, Secure Health Data Program


Last week, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) received a $450,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund to develop an interactive, yet still secure health data program. Specifically, BIDMC will be working with OurNotes, a tool that gives...

Better EHR Certification Security Measures Needed, Says AMA


The American Medical Association (AMA) is at the forefront of a group of healthcare organizations pushing for better EHR certification security measures, along with other recommendations for changes in the EHR certification program. One of the...

Healthcare Leaders Discuss Latest EHR Security and MU Concerns


Whether a healthcare organization is working toward Stage 1 or Stage 2 Meaningful Use, it is essential for the facility to remain aware of the latest EHR security concerns. As more entities become interconnected through health information exchanges,...

Why Secure Healthcare Technology Must Assist Daily Workflow


Facilities are working hard to keep pace with federal regulations for secure healthcare technology. It is not enough to simply install an EHR, but healthcare organizations need to prove that they are using it properly and in a way that keeps...

Experts Question EHR Confidentiality for Minors, Parents


A recent paper asks whether there is EHR confidentiality for adolescents. There are an increasing amount of potential EHR confidentiality issues for adolescents and their parents, according to a Journal of the American Medical Association viewpoint...

EHR Security Issues Not Top Barrier for Pediatricians


The majority of pediatricians do not cite EHR security issues as a main barrier to implementation. Ensuring EHR security should be a top priority for healthcare organizations of all sizes. As more technological options become available, and as...


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