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UMass Lowell, UMMS Launch Secure Health Data System

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UMass Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Lowell researchers are collaborating to launch a secure health data system to help patients, researchers, and physicians better transport and store information. The secure system is called Flexware, and is...

Visual Hacking Poses a New Healthcare Data Security Threat

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Although the healthcare data security industry is heavily investing in precautionary measures on their technical devices, they are missing a less sophisticated gap in their security efforts: visual hacking. According to 3M, visual hacking is...

OIG Report to Congress Stresses Health Marketplace Security

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The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released its Semiannual Report to Congress, identifying key areas in which several federal healthcare agencies can improve their security efforts. Specifically, OIG emphasized health marketplace security....

Maintaining Healthcare Data Security in Genomic Data Sharing

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Genomic data sharing is becoming an increasingly popular topic, especially as evolving technologies are giving researchers and healthcare providers greater opportunities to take advantage of its potential benefits. However, healthcare data security...

Patient Health Data Second-Most Stolen Data Type, Says Study

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Patient health data is one of the most commonly stolen types of data, according to a recent study. The combination of health data and personally identifiable information (PII) is the second-most stolen data type, the TrendLabs 3Q 2015 Security...

Patient Privacy Key Part of Precision Medicine Initiative

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President Barack Obama recently announced Privacy and Trust Principles, which included guidance on protecting patient privacy, as part of the larger Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The new research efforts will also include guidance in  how...

AMA Examines Patient Privacy in Calif. Supreme Court Case

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The American Medical Association (AMA) recently weighed in on a California Supreme Court case debating whether patient privacy was violated following a government agency obtaining an individual’s prescription records without a warrant....

Reviewing the Benefits of Healthcare Data De-Identification

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Healthcare data de-identification could bring several potential benefits to healthcare organizations. As more providers begin to connect to HIEs, implement BYOD strategies, or even opt for cloud computing options, it is essential that patient...

EEOC Proposed Rule May Affect Health Data Security

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A recently proposed rule from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) could potentially impact individuals’ health data security, as the rule would expand the type of data collected through employer wellness programs. The EEOC...

NIST Guide Could Assist in Protecting Patient Privacy Online

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Protecting patient privacy is an essential aspect to any healthcare organization’s data security plan. However, employees still need to be able to access that data. Being able to properly manage accounts can be critical to ensuring patient...

Patient Privacy Focus of NATE, Kantara Initiative Partnership

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A series of educational programs, including ones on patient privacy preferences, electronic authorizations for disclosure, and delegation of authority are the focus of a recent partnership between Kantara Initiative and the National Association...

Health Data Privacy Not a Concern for Health Tech Consumers

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As mobile and digital health technologies continue to be marketed toward consumers, the questions of health data privacy arise. A recent study by Rock Health investigating health data privacy issues, shows that consumers are certainly adopting...

Does Employee Access Hinder Patient Data Security?

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Patient data security needs to be a top priority at every healthcare organization, regardless of the size of the covered entity. This is especially critical as more facilities begin to implement mobile devices, use new EMR systems and even connect...

HealthCare.gov Explains Patient Privacy Updates

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Patient privacy is not only a top healthcare issue, but it remains a key priority for HealthCare.gov, according to Director and Marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan. With the next round of open enrollment to start on November 1, Counihan explained...

Breaking Down Meaningful Use, Health Data Security

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Health data security is a crucial topic for covered entities of all sizes, and as the push to meet meaningful use requirements continues, organizations must remain current on how the two are connected. Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare...

VA Patient Privacy Violations Found, Says OIG Report

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A recent VA Office of Inspector General investigation (OIG) found data sharing and patient privacy violations at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (PAHCS). OIG first heard of allegations that PAHCS had entered into an illegal agreement with...

System of CMS IT Security Controls Lacking, Says OIG Report

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) IT security controls for its Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System (MIDAS) needs improvement, according to a recent investigation by the Office of Inspector General (OIG)....

AHA Addresses Health Data Security Concern in VT SCOTUS Case

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Amicus briefs in the Gobeille vs. Liberty Mutual Insur. Co. Supreme Court case continue as the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently contributed its thoughts on the matter. The organization submitted its brief on September 8, and advocated...

Patient Privacy Advocated for in AAPS Amicus Brief to SCOTUS

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Patient privacy and security are at the center of the recent Supreme Court case Gobeille vs. Liberty Mutual Insur. Co. The case will determine whether states have the right to access patient information obtained by self-funded insurance providers....

Improved Patient Privacy in HHS Updates to Research Rules

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New data security and information protection standards that aim to improve patient privacy in research studies are part of the updates recently announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Current regulations - also referred...

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