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ONC Information Blocking Rule Raises Privacy and Security Concerns

March 12, 2019 - During HIMSS19 in February, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator released its long-awaited information blocking proposal. While many lauded ONC for its efforts to increase interoperability in the sector, there are elements that will need to be addressed by the agency for its final version to ensure the rule is effective and not...


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GAO Raps CMS for Lax Healthcare Data Security in Medicare

by Fred Donovan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is lax in its oversight of healthcare data security when it comes to Medicare beneficiaries, particularly for sharing data with researchers, warned a government watchdog agency. Recent...

HHS Final Rule Differs from HIPAA Regulations on Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a final rule that simplifies data sharing for patients’ substance abuse records, differing from...

FTC Data Security Enforcement Standard Center in LabMD Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District listened to oral arguments last week in the case of LabMD, Inc. versus the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Court must determine if the FTC overstepped its authority with its data...

5 Action Areas for Ensuring Healthcare Data Security

by Frank Irving

Failure to lock down access is compromising data security at U.S. healthcare organizations, according to a newly released report from software provider IS Decisions. The research points to concurrent logins, manual logoffs, password...

HITSC seeks 2016 Certified EHR Module security feedback

by Patrick Ouellette

Dixie B. Baker, PhD, MS Chair of the HIT Standards Committee (HITSC) Privacy and Security Workgroup wrote a post yesterday in  the HealthITBuzz Blog about Certified EHR Modules, the differences between 2011 and 2014 Edition EHR...

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