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AHIMA, AMIA Call for HIPAA Upgrade to Support Patient Access

December 5, 2018 - HIPAA needs to be modernized to improve patient access to health data and bolster security of the app ecosystem, American Medical Informatics Association and American Health Information Management Association leaders said at a Capitol Hill briefing on Wednesday. While other industries have made progress improving access to information and the means to shop and compare the cost of...


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FDA Unveils MITRE’s Medical Device Security Playbook

by Fred Donovan

The FDA released Oct. 1 a medical device security playbook it developed with MITRE to advise healthcare organizations on securing their medical equipment.  The playbook is intended to enable healthcare organizations plan for and...

Azar Waives HIPAA Privacy Rule Sanctions for Hurricane Response

by Fred Donovan

HHS Secretary Alex Azar has waived sanctions and penalties under certain HIPAA Privacy Rule provisions that apply to hospitals to enable greater sharing of information in response to Hurricane Florence making landfall on the East...

New PCORI Policy Has Data Rules In Line with HIPAA Regulations

by Fred Donovan

A new data sharing policy adopted by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) stipulates that all personally identifiable health information must be deidentified in accordance with HIPAA regulations. On Sept. 7, the PCORI...

Speed, Not Security, Tops Priority List for Blockchain in Healthcare

by Jessica Kent

While 84 percent of IT executives believe blockchain-based solutions are more secure than traditional systems, just 21 percent cited improved security and lower risk to data as the most significant benefit of blockchain adoption, according...

Secure Healthcare Data Sharing Not a Priority for Some Workers

by Fred Donovan

Some healthcare workers don’t follow best practices for secure healthcare data sharing, according to a survey of 1,000 US workers by Igloo Software. Thirty percent of healthcare workers use non-approved apps in the workplace because...

Clinical Trial Subjects Unworried about Health Data Sharing Risks

by Fred Donovan

Fewer than 8 percent of clinical trial participants felt that security and privacy risks of health data sharing outweighed the benefits, according to a study by Stanford researchers recently published in the New England Journal of...

Most Healthcare Workers Admit to Non-Secure Healthcare Data Sharing

by Fred Donovan

Most healthcare workers surveyed admit to non-secure healthcare data sharing using email. A disturbing 87 percent of healthcare workers admit to using non-secure email to send sensitive information, including PHI, according to survey data...

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