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How Location-Based IT Could Re-invent Healthcare Security

August 12, 2016 - We have entered an age where our private data has become an all-too-easy target for malicious individuals or organizations who steal and sell this data for significant profit. Healthcare security is especially important as a hacker made almost $1 million by selling 655,000 patient records on a dark web marketplace, including patients’ full names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth,...


Health Data Privacy Discussed in ONC Blockchain Proposal


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) submitted an “Ideation Challenge” proposal for the potential benefits of blockchain technology...

Maintaining Health Data Privacy in HIEs, Data Exchange


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,...

Secure Email Key in New DirectTrust Patients Program


Last week DirectTrust launched its Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP), a new initiative that hopes to improve communication between patients and their providers, utilizing secure email to ensure that health information can be safely exchanged....

Will Healthcare Data Encryption be Impacted by NIST Guide?


Healthcare providers and other covered entities under HIPAA regulations may have a new resource on healthcare data encryption standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST released the final draft of “NIST...

CHIME, AEHIS Urge Stronger Medical Device Cybersecurity


More collaboration between healthcare organizations and medical device manufacturers, as well as standardized security measures are crucial to improving medical device cybersecurity, reported the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives...

How Recent Senate HELP Bills Affect Healthcare Data Security


The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently approved several pieces of legislation, some of which could potentially affect areas of healthcare data security. Along with approving the Improving Health Information...

Mitigating Risk for Stronger Healthcare Cybersecurity


There have been an increasing amount of healthcare cybersecurity threats as the industry works toward interoperability and attempts to keep pace with evolving technologies. Healthcare data breaches could potentially affect any covered entity,...

How EHNAC Hopes to ‘Raise the Bar’ in Health Data Security


LAS VEGAS –The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has been accrediting electronic healthcare networks since 1995, and is no stranger to understanding the importance of health data security. With the increase...

Secure HIE Highlighted in DirectTrust, FHA Federal Bundle


Secure HIE is a key aspect of the recently announced Governmental Trust Anchor Bundle between DirectTrust and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA). Along with higher levels of security and identity controls, the Governmental Trust Anchor Bundle...

ONC Reviews HIE Security, Interoperability under HIPAA


In their second blog post in a series about HIE security, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) chief privacy officer Lucia Savage, JD, and privacy analyst Aja Brooks, JD, explained the circumstances under the HIPAA...

HHS Revises Rules for More Patient Privacy in Drug Abuse Care


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be changing its regulations for health information exchange (HIE) security and patient privacy for individuals receiving treatment for substance abuse disorders. In a recent press release,...

DirectTrust Growth Reflects Priority on HIE Security


Secure direct messaging and health information exchange (HIE) security is growing, according to DirectTrust’s 2015 end of year metrics. By the end of 2015, the Direct exchange had performed nearly 44 million transactions across its network....

HITPC Cites HIE Privacy, Security Challenges to Congress


There are complex privacy and security challenges when it comes to health information exchange, according to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC). In its December report to Congress, HITPC claimed that HIE privacy and security issues were just...

Is HIE Security Affected with Health Record Integration?


A recent report submitted to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) suggests that personal health records (PHRs) could be successfully implemented into HIEs, and would help create more complete data across the industry. However, HIE security...

Key Reminders For Strong HIE Security


With more healthcare providers looking to connect to HIEs and achieve interoperability, HIE security issues need to be considered as part of a larger health data security plan. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

Health Data Privacy Part of DRAP Security Accreditation


As health data privacy becomes a heightened concern for health data organizations, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) developed the Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP). Earlier this week, EHNAC awarded its...

WEDI’s Devin Jopp Talks HIE Privacy, Interoperability Push


There is no question that HIE privacy and security are becoming more prevalent issues in healthcare, especially as the nationwide push for interoperability continues. But how can healthcare organizations overcome integration obstacles? What of...

VA, IHS Accredited for Secure Health Information Exchange


As the goal of secure health information exchange (HIE) and interoperability continues to be pushed nationwide, it is important that security standards be put in place to ensure that patient information not be breached. Two such organizations...

Audit Finds Maryland Exchange Lacking in Data Security


The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), which is responsible for the establishment and operation of the state’s HIE program, was found to have data security and control deficiencies in its information systems, according to a recent...


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