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Secure Health Data Exchange Key Focus for AMA Investment

November 6, 2017 - The nationwide push for interoperability has helped fuel the desire for healthcare to find ways to implement secure health data exchange. Information should be able to flow freely, but data security concerns can be a great hindrance in entities wanting to connect to other organizations or join exchange networks. Healthcare needs more tools and more capabilities to properly mobilize, according...


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DirectTrust PHI Sharing Grows 20% at End of Q3 2017

by Elizabeth Snell

DirectTrust saw continued growth in the number of healthcare organizations engaged in DirectTrust exchange, increasing 54 percent from the same time last year. There was also a 20 percent increase in the number of DirectTrust addresses able to...

Health IT Security, FHIR Focus of ONC Secure API Server Challenge

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC is challenging healthcare stakeholders to build secure Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) servers to improve health IT security and ensure that secure FHIR options are available in the future. The Secure API Server Showdown...

EHRA: Health Data Sharing Not Aided with Regulatory Penalties

by Elizabeth Snell

Advocating for penalizations for providers and EHR developers is the wrong approach for encouraging health data sharing, according to a recent EHR Association (EHRA) blog post. Written in response to a Health Affairs post by former ONC Chief...

Senators, AHIMA Voice HIT Security, Interoperability Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Proposed budget cuts and workforce reductions to HHS could have a potential negative impact on successfully implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, according to several senators. Specifically, HIT security, interoperability, and even advancing...

Maintaining Health Data Privacy in HIEs, Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

With the push for nationwide interoperability, more covered entities are beginning to look toward health data exchange options, and may even be considering connecting to an HIE. However, health data privacy must remain a top priority at all times,...

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....

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 sharing and...

Data Security Measures Falling Short at Healthcare Entities

by Frank Irving

External hackers top the list of data security vulnerabilities at U.S. healthcare organizations with good reason: 80 percent admit that their IT systems have already been compromised by cyber-attacks. Further analysis shows the healthcare sector...

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,...

Future of Health Data Privacy, Security, Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The former head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has identified health data privacy, security, and interoperability as the most pressing hurdles for the healthcare industry to overcome to realize...

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