Privacy advocate Deborah Peel, M.D., is worried that several ongoing healthcare sector initiatives could potentially erode patient privacy and individuals' control over their health records. Find out about her latest concerns.
A former hospital CFO has been sentenced to 23 months in federal prison for submitting false documents so a medical center could receive payments under the HITECH Act electronic health records financial incentive program.
Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, describes an updated privacy and security guide for physician practices and discusses a variety of other cybersecurity issues in an interview at HIMSS15.
A former hospital CFO has pleaded guilty to submitting false documents so the medical center could receive payments from the HITECH Act EHR incentive program. Some legal experts say other federal prosecutions for HITECH Act fraud are likely.
The secure national exchange of patients' health information for use in treatment will make progress once "we simplify what we say when we're explaining privacy to people," says Lucia Savage, new chief privacy officer of ONC.
The unrestrained growth of digital information world-wide is making it extremely difficult for organizations to capture, manage, store, share and dispose of information in any meaningful way. With the challenges of an evolving regulatory environment and the information overload problem with management practices, many...
Attorney Maureen Ruane, who has prosecuted dozens of healthcare fraud cases, explains how the rollout of electronic health record systems at hospitals and clinics is creating new potential opportunities for fraud.
Top executives at healthcare organizations must take the lead in overcoming a culture that portrays privacy and security as barriers, says Joy Pritts, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Roger Baker, CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced to his staff on Feb. 15 that he's resigning. Baker led a number of projects that dealt with security issues, including a breach prevention initiative.
Despite numerous data breaches, as well as financial incentives and penalties, many healthcare organizations aren't taking risk assessment requirements seriously. Experts offer insights on best practices.
A new guide from federal regulators on key privacy and security issues to address when adopting electronic health records is valuable. But additional guidance on risk assessments and other issues is needed.
A risk analysis, as required under the HIPAA Security Rule, is a critical and foundational component of an effective risk management process that helps covered entities, and their business associates, to perform their mission and protect the health information entrusted to them.
The National Institute of Standards...
Healthcare data breaches and regulatory mandates have combined to create a new standard for data security that relies heavily on system and user activity awareness. To be compliant and avoid costly breaches, organizations must to improve their ability to predict and see in near real time where incidents are likely to...