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Secure Data Exchange Part of ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Draft

January 8, 2018 - 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 building and maintaining trust, ONC explained. “The draft Trusted Exchange Framework we issued today reflects the successes and challenges already existing...


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Health Data Privacy Concerns Key Influence in PHI Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Patients might be more willing to participate in PHI data sharing when their health data privacy concerns have been properly addressed, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Providers must understand...

How Automation Aids Data Security, Improves Patient Satisfaction

by Bill Kleyman

Want to know a common trend I’ve seen in pretty much every single healthcare customer I’ve worked with? Data. And I mean a lot of data. Healthcare organizations are producing vast amounts of data from a variety of points. Furthermore,...

AHIMA Notes Cybersecurity Prep, HIPAA Compliance as Focus Areas

by Elizabeth Snell

All healthcare organizations can work on improving their privacy and security by focusing on their cybersecurity preparation, HIPAA compliance, and staying people-oriented, according to a recent blog post on the Journal of AHIMA. AHIMA’s...

Increased Patient Data Access Requires Strong Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

As more healthcare organizations offer increased options for patient data access, it is crucial that health data security measures do not become an afterthought. HIPAA regulations allow for patients to access their own health data, but there...

FDA Urges Patient Data Access with Medical Device Information

by Elizabeth Snell

Medical device manufacturers should appropriately and responsibly allow patient data access with patient information collected from devices, according to a finalized document from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sharing “patient-specific...

AHIMA: Patient Data Access Through Patient Portals Increases

by Elizabeth Snell

Eighty-two percent of consumers took advantage of patient data access through a patient portal in 2016, an increase from less than 5 percent who did so in 2013, according to a study from the American Health Information Management Association...

Will Healthcare Blockchain Resolve Data Privacy Concerns?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare blockchain is increasingly being viewed as a potential solution to numerous IT problems, such as connectivity issues, data privacy concerns, and patient record sharing barriers, according to a recent Black Book survey. The Black Book...

Will Revised HIPAA Rules Encourage Greater Health Data Exchange?

by Elizabeth Snell

Updating HITECH and the HIPAA Rules by having providers and EHR vendors charge fees for health data exchange would help promote interoperability, according to Brookings Institution Non-Resident Fellow Niam Yaraghi. The current regulatory framework...

MI Computer System Health Data Breach May Involve Data of 106K

by Kate Monica

In March of 2017, Michigan-based McLaren Medical Group (MMG) learned its computer system had been accessed by an unauthorized party, leading to a health data breach, according to an MMG statement issued to HealthITSecurity.com. The accessed system...

HHS Reviews HIPAA Rules Following Hurricane Harvey

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers can face numerous challenges during natural disasters, including adhering to HIPAA rules while working to provide proper patient care through an emergency. HHS recently released a bulletin to help guide covered entities through...

How HIPAA Regulations Can Ease Information Blocking

by Elizabeth Snell

Even with more healthcare organizations adopting EHRs and working through the Meaningful Use program, covered entities still struggle with health information exchange. However, HIPAA regulations could be a boon to providers, according to former...

Do HIPAA Regulations Need Updates on Patient Privacy?

by Elizabeth Snell

Current patient privacy laws, such as HIPAA regulations, may need to be adjusted to help individuals who are suffering from drug addiction, HHS Secretary Tom Price said in a recent White House press briefing. It is particularly devastating to...

Staying HIPAA Compliant in Patient Health Data Access Process

by Elizabeth Snell

Last month, AHIMA released a new form designed to help both healthcare providers and patients better understand and utilize the patient health data access process. Patients have the right to their own information, but providers need to maintain...

AHIMA Focuses on HIPAA Compliance in New Patient Data Form

by Elizabeth Snell

AHIMA released a new form that streamlines the patient data request process and also maintains HIPAA compliance. Patient have the right to request access to their own information under HIPAA regulations, but are sometimes confused about the process....

ONC Stresses Improved Patient Data Access Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to improve their processes for patient data access measures, as this will reduce consumer burden and also help entities coordinate better care, according to an ONC report. ONC explained in Improving the Health Records...

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 HIPAA Privacy through Increased Patient Access

by Elizabeth Snell

The HIPAA Privacy Rule is not something that covered entities or business associates can afford to ignore, even as technology continues to evolve and patients have increased access to their own records. AHIMA raised a key issue though in a recent...

HHS OIG Phone Scam Raises Patient Data Privacy Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline number for reporting fraud was recently spoofed, according to an HHS statement. Individuals reported receiving phone calls claiming to be from HHS OIG, requesting that they confirm personal information...

AMIA Calls for HIPAA Clarification in mHealth Patient Data

by Elizabeth Snell

While mHealth applications can help bridge the health IT gap between providers and patients, greater HIPAA clarification and even an expansion of the rules may be necessary, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). AMIA...

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