With increasing federal scrutiny of health care data breaches, maintaining a secure network and clinical infrastructure is crucial for both payers and providers. Topics here include: data breaches, data encryption and other security techniques, access and authentication issues, and regulatory requirements.
The donation to childrens art projects of compact discs that were no longer needed has caused a breach of protected health information at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.
Kamarian Millender, a laboratory technician formerly employed at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala., has been fined and sentenced to two years in prison for his role in an identity theft ring.
Passage of HITECH and the Affordable Care Act marked the advent of the era of accountable care and its foundational initiative, population health management, which relies heavily on HIT systems to communicate with each other and accurately identify patients as they move across a care continuum.
Ken Peterson, CEO at Churchill & Harriman, which has done 1,500 comprehensive risk assessments for large healthcare and financial institutions since 1998, says providers of all sizes can improve their oversight of vendor compliance with HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules.
Anchorage Community Mental Health Services will pay a $150,000 settlement fine and adopt a corrective action program for failure to substantially comply with the HIPAA security rule since its compliance date in 2005.
The healthcare industry will continue to be a vulnerable and attractive target for cybercriminals in 2015, thanks to the expanding number of access points to protected health information and other sensitive data via electronic health records and the growing popularity of wearable technology.
The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with an Atlanta-based billing company and its former CEO after they misled thousands of consumers who signed up for an online billing portal. The FTC charged that the company used the portal to obtain detailed medical information about consumers from pharmacies, medical labs and insurance companies.
The lions share of big data spending currently is going to hardware and professional services, but over time, software vendors will capture a proportionally larger piece.
An employee of University Hospitals serving northeast Ohio accessed records for 692 patients over a three-and-one-half-year period without a business reason, the eight-hospital delivery system has announced.
What do they want in 2015? Interoperability would be nice.
The cloud is being widely adopted for applications important to business success, according to a new study by Forrester Research conducted on behalf of Infosys, a provider of consulting and outsourcing services.
A survey of more than 3,000 Americans conducted in August with results released this month finds 5 percent of respondents have been notified that their medical records were breached. The highest rate of notifications16 percentwas among respondents with an income above $100,000.
A recent ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court may make it easier for aggrieved parties to link HIPAA violations to other state or federal legal frameworks which provide direct recourse for private individuals, say legal experts.
A major breach at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston after a physicians personal laptop was stolen in 2012 is costing the hospital more money now that the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General has levied a $100,000 fine for failure to encrypt the device.
By 2020, 80 percent of healthcare data will pass through the cloud at some point in its lifetime, as providers seek to leverage cloud based technologies and infrastructure for data collection, aggregation, analytics and decision-making. And, 65 percent of consumer transactions with healthcare organizations will be mobile by 2018.