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Health IT Security Weakness Found by ONC Challenge Winner

May 25, 2018 - The Secure API Server Showdown Challenge stage 2 winner, 1upHealth, was able to uncover a health IT security weakness in a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) server database, announced the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). ONC sponsored the challenge to engage the health IT industry in identifying FHIR servers that...


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25% of Patients Did Not Access Data Over Patient Privacy Concerns

by Fred Donovan

The HIPAA Privacy Rule guarantees patient data access as well as patient privacy.   While both guarantees are important, they can sometimes be at odds. The goal of HHS under the HIPAA Privacy Rule is to ensure patient privacy is...

Stakeholders Desire Clarification on Secure Data Exchange in TEFCA

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC must further clarify secure data exchange aspects in its Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft, and also explain how HIPAA regulations will apply, according to industry stakeholders. One of the TEFCA principles...

Asymmetrik Wins ONC Challenge with Secure FHIR Server

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) named Asymmetrik as the winner of the Secure API Server Showdown earlier this week. Asymmetrik developed a secure FHIR server using Node.js and has the source...

Kathryn Marchesini Named New ONC Chief Privacy Officer

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced through an internal email that Katheryn Marchesini, JD, had been appointed to the ONC Chief Privacy Officer position. National Coordinator Donald Rucker, MD explained that Marchesini...

Data Security Cited in ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Praise

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC’s Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft has so far been met with industry support, with organizations lauding ONC in working to strengthen trust and support for nationwide interoperability while also...

Secure Data Exchange Part of ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Draft

by Elizabeth Snell

ONC issued a Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement draft last week, which is part of the requirements under the 21st Century Cures Act. Ensuring secure data exchange is a key aspect to nationwide interoperability, along with...

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...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners Selected

by Elizabeth Snell

The ONC announced the winners of its Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge, showing how Model Privacy Notice (MPN) generators can help consumers better understand a specific product’s privacy and security policies. Principal Deputy...

ONC Reiterates Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Need in PMI

by Elizabeth Snell

The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is a federal research program that hopes to improve how disease is treated, but there are still healthcare data privacy and security concerns. However, ONC explained in a recent blog post that...

ONC Releases PMI Data Security Principles Guide

by Elizabeth Snell

The recent Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Security Principles Implementation Guide hopes to assist organizations adopt a framework where participant data is protected, and systems that underline precision medicine research are...

ONC Releases Educational Videos on HIPAA Rights for Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to better educate individuals on HIPAA rights for patients, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released a series of videos that explain the rights patients have to access their health information. Additionally, ONC...

ONC Workgroup Discusses Health Big Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

The potential for health data to be used in a way that harms individuals or groups and a lack comprehensive, Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPS)-based protections for health data are two of the health big data security concerns...

Why EHR Privacy, Transparency Are Crucial to Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

EHR privacy, along with transparency of how medical records are transmitted and shared, are important issues to patients, according to survey results shared at a recent meeting of the ONC Health IT Policy Committee’s Privacy &...

Healthcare Privacy, Security Measures Included in ONC Draft

by Elizabeth Snell

A better way to share healthcare information, while also maintaining healthcare privacy, is one of the key aspects in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information...

HIT Usability, Interoperability Key in ONC Plan, says AAFP

by Elizabeth Snell

Better health information technology (HIT) usability and a continued emphasis on the industry’s movement toward interoperability are important aspects of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan written by the Department of Health and...

Will Healthcare Interoperability Issues Follow DeSalvo Departure?

by Elizabeth Snell

The AMA hopes that recent ONC departures will not create healthcare interoperability issues. The American Medical Association (AMA) believes that the departure of National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo leaves a “significant leadership...

DeSalvo Leaves ONC for HHS Role

by Elizabeth Snell

Yesterday, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo announced that she was leaving her role at the Office of the National Coordinator to become the new acting assistant secretary of health for the Department of Health and Human Services...

National Coordinator Names New ONC Chief Privacy Officer

by Patrick Ouellette

Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has filled the open seat left by former ONC Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts by naming Lucia Savage, Esq. to the...

ONC Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts to leave position

by Patrick Ouellette

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo announced that Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT (ONC) Chief Privacy Officer Joy Pritts will be leaving ONC on July 12. In an internal ONC memo sent to HealthITSecurity.com, DeSalvo...

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