Triple-S Management Corporation, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield licensee in Puerto Rico, has agreed to complete a HIPAA compliance corrective action program and pay a $3.5 million fine to the HHS Office for Civil Rights following multiple breaches of protected health information.
Radiologists have had varied success with becoming meaningful users of electronic health records. Results with initiatives depend on a variety of factors, but economics have in many cases affected the results.  more »
Two new polls show mixed results since the Oct. 1 ICD-10 compliance date went into effect. While a survey found 79 percent of healthcare organizations believe the code transition has been successful to date, a separate survey of doctors indicates the new billing codes are taking time away from patient care.  more »

Information security and risk management professionals will rebel against cookie-cutter approaches to cyber security in 2016 – that’s just one of many ways that prevention, detection and response to cyber threats will change in the next year, according to a new report from Forrester Research.

The Federal Trade Commission has appealed a recent decision by its chief administrative law judge to dismiss the FTC’s data security complaint against now-defunct medical testing laboratory LabMD.

While hospitals are ramping up security efforts to protect information, a large percentage of them are vulnerable to attacks on their web sites.

Center for Diagnostic Imaging, with 102 standalone imaging facilities and 140 mobile units serving parts of 40 states, has been capturing and storing studies for the past decade in a private cloud archive from Lexmark Healthcare.

As population health initiatives grow, technology is looming as an enabler of far-ranging efforts to achieve results.

Two long-time hospital information systems vendors serving small and rural hospitals are joining forces.

Hortonworks Chief Technology Officer Scott Gnau shares his thoughts on what will be five of the most important data trends to impact the CIO in the coming year.

The use of genetic data is at the forefront of many innovators’ approaches for increasing personalized medicine, and making healthcare treatments more targeted and effective.

Radiology departments once were a lode of recurring revenue for healthcare organizations earning their dollars through billing volume. Now, these same expensive investments have to provide value to the enterprise as it shifts to containing costs.

When a “never event,” a catastrophic failure of care resulting in significant harm or death to a patient occurs, a hospital may focus on capturing and analyzing data on the event and classifying it. But how often does a hospital translate findings into actionable and measurable programs to improve safety?

With the rush to implement electronic health record systems and meet meaningful use requirements, there have been mixed results in getting patients to use patient portals.

Google is consolidating its various cloud businesses into a single group, as the search giant seeks to diversify its revenue stream beyond its bedrock advertising business.
Wellness-related wearable devices are among the fastest growing segments of the Internet of Things, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. The devices can empower consumers to live healthier lives and society will benefit as more sophisticated tools are developed. But the association warns: “All of these benefits depend on the collection and use of data, some of which can be considered personal or sensitive.” Consequently, vendors must be trustworthy stewards of the data and the CEA offers guiding principles.  read more 
ACA reporting becomes mandatory in 2016. Preparing employers to be compliant with reporting requirements is a core service that advisers should be offering, industry experts say.  read more 

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