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Prioritizing Healthcare Data Security in Aggregation, Sharing

April 19, 2017 - Data aggregation is quickly becoming a larger issue in healthcare, especially as organizations begin to switch over from fee-for-service models to value-based healthcare. As entities continue to gather, store, and transfer sensitive information, healthcare data security must remain a top priority. But why are healthcare organizations even gathering such information in the first place? The...


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NY Clarifies Minor Patient Data Access, Maintains Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Health data security is often a top concern with patient data access, especially as the push for interoperability continues and covered entities continue to utilize electronic devices. Ambiguity can make this process more difficult, and both...

Health Data Privacy Concerns Not Hindrance for PHI Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

With more providers implementing EHRs and working toward interoperability, it is not uncommon for individuals to have health data privacy concerns with their personal information in how it is used and potentially shared. However, recent research...

ONC, OCR Fact Sheet Discusses HIPAA Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to answer questions over how oversight agencies can receive information in health data exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a fact sheet discussing how HIPAA allows such...

Effects of Patient Distrust on Health Data Exchange Security

by Kate Monica

In a recent survey, Black Book polled a national panel of over 12,000 consumers to gauge patient interaction with technology and their perception of the usefulness of these technologies. The organization found that 57 percent of respondents are...

Patient Data Breach Fear Hinders Health Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

As technology continues to evolve in the healthcare industry, patients may not be as accepting of tools such as patient portals and mobile apps over a fear of a data breach. A recent Black Book survey found that 57 percent of consumers who had...

ONC, OCR Provide 9 Scenarios for HIPAA Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

In collaboration with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently published a fact sheet describing hypothetical instances where HIPAA supports the electronic exchange...

What Are Data Security Concerns with Healthcare APIs?

by Elizabeth Snell

Potential health data security concerns and security risks have previously been touted as barriers for the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) in healthcare. However, if covered entities understand the basis of the technology, it...

NGA Publishes State Road Map for Secure Health Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

Under an agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), the National Governors Association (NGA) released guidance with potential steps that could improve the flow of electronic health information within, and among states. Ensuring...

Secure Exchange of Electronic Data Top HHS Challenge

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently facing 10 management and performance challenges, including health information technology and the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic information, according to the...

Ensuring Health Data Exchange Complies with HIPAA, FTC Act

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have teamed up to help educate healthcare organizations about two laws regulating health data exchange — the FTC Act and HIPAA. While most healthcare organizations...

Addressing HIPAA as an Obstacle to Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent keynote address, National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, addressed how a law to safeguard health data security and privacy is having an unintended negative impact on health data exchange. “I hear confusion about HIPAA...

How Behavioral Health Complicates Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

HIPAA is a ubiquitous term in United States healthcare, but it is not the be-all and end-all regulating health data exchange when behavioral health data is added to the mix. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has...

Health Data Privacy Discussed in ONC Blockchain Proposal

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted an “Ideation Challenge” proposal for the potential benefits of blockchain technology...

ONC Report: Trust Strengthens for EHR Privacy and Security

by Frank Irving

Consumers appear to be gaining trust in the privacy and security of electronic health records. A new data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) shows slightly more than half of individuals nationwide expressing...

Increased Sharing Puts Healthcare Data Integrity at Risk

by Frank Irving

More than two-thirds of healthcare organizations aren’t sure whether they can safely share data and protect individual privacy, according to newly released survey findings. That troublesome uncertainty calls into question data integrity...

Healthcare Interoperability: Patients Prefer Portals

by Frank Irving

When it comes to delivery of medical test results, patients are comfortable enough with healthcare interoperability to prefer password-protected websites or portals over more traditional means of notification such as letters, voice mail and email....

Do EHR Interoperability Requirements Raise Security Risks?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A nationwide patient advocacy group is of the opinion that EHR interoperability requirements will pave the way for protected health information to be hacked. The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is calling on Congress to halt moving...

HIMSS Has Ideas for 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Public comment on the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory open draft ended on May 1, but not before the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) submitted feedback calling attention to the absence of security standards...

Congress to Focus on EHR Use, Healthcare Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Be careful what you wish for. Not long after the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) emphasized the need for Congressional involvement to help promote healthcare interoperability and ensure health data exchange,...

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