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Understanding HIPAA Data Sharing Policies for Better Patient Care

December 6, 2017 - Access to electronic health data can help public health agencies work toward improving patient care and addressing community health challenges, according to recent research. However, confusion over HIPAA data sharing policies and how electronic data can be used is a potential barrier. The de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a report on how public...


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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 an Ohio Hospital Avoided a Widespread Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

Having the necessary and applicable data security tools in place, along with comprehensive employee education, are critical for ransomware attack prevention measures. Organizations of all sizes need to be aware of the potential threats and be...

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,...

HIPAA Info Included in Updated MD Data Breach Notification Law

by Elizabeth Snell

Maryland has updated its data breach notification law, with information protected under HIPAA to be included under the definition of personal information. Should that data be compromised in a data breach, state organizations will need to notify...

How Healthcare Orgs Can Implement Strong End-User Security

by Elizabeth Snell

End-user security is a critical aspect to overall health data security, especially as more organizations are implementing technologies allowing employees to be mobile. HIMSS Privacy and Security Director Lee Kim JD, CISSP, CIPP/US, FHIMSS recently...

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 Calls for Continuous Collaboration in Medical Device Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare is becoming increasingly reliant on connected devices, which is why medical device security must remain a top priority. Cybersecurity threats are a constant worry but the FDA aims to help healthcare organizations remain innovative...

Secure Health Data Exchange Key Focus for AMA Investment

by Elizabeth Snell

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...

Computer Theft Raises Health Data Security Concerns for 8K

by Elizabeth Snell

Brevard Physician Associates announced on its website that it was burglarized on September 4, 2017, raising possible health data security concerns for 7,976 patients. The Melbourne, Florida-based facility stated that it was notified on September...

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...

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...

How HIPAA Information Sharing Regulations Impact the Opioid Crisis

by Elizabeth Snell

With the opioid crisis recently declared a nationwide public health emergency, OCR issued guidance on how HIPAA regulations allow providers to participate in information sharing in an effort to improve patient care. There are often misunderstandings...

What Are Basic, Essential Healthcare Cybersecurity Measures?

by Elizabeth Snell

With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCAM), OCR highlighted top healthcare cybersecurity measures that all covered entities and business associates should keep in mind. NCAM is an ideal time for organizations to review basic...

PHI Security Could Be At Risk in Boston Scientific Medical Device

by Elizabeth Snell

A Boston Scientific medical device was found to have a vulnerability that could compromise PHI security, according to Whitescope researchers Jonathan Butts and Billy Rios. The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems...

Potential BD Medical Device Security Vulnerability Identified

by Elizabeth Snell

Researchers identified a potential medical device security vulnerability in Becton, Dickinson and Company’s (BD) Alaris 8015 Point of Care (PC) unit Version 9.5, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control...

State Rep Presses Nuance on NotPetya Malware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

More details on the June 27, 2017 NotPetya malware attack that affected Nuance should be released, according to a letter from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The healthcare industry can greatly benefit from learning about the details...

How an HIE Aided in Recovery from a Ransomware Attack

by Elizabeth Snell

When a ransomware attack hits a healthcare provider, it can obviously be financially devastating, but it could also interfere with patient care. Physicians might be unable to access health records, for example, which could bring legitimate harm...

41% of Health Data Breaches Stem from Unintended Disclosure

by Elizabeth Snell

Unintended data disclosure, such as emails containing PHI sent to the wrong recipient or servers left publicly accessible, accounted for 41 percent of reported health data breaches the first nine months in 2017, according to research from Beazley....

Will Common Rule Changes Impact Health Data Security?

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) reiterated its support of considered changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or the Common Rule. Adjustments to the Common Rule could also have an impact on certain...

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