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EHR best practices: ONC security tips

September 18, 2012 - Security is one of the first questions raised when talking about all that goes into EHR adoption for healthcare providers. Can patients request access to their EHR safely and securely without having to jump through hoops? Is the information accurate? How do you know your patient’s data security is handled the same way across different organizations? Having a strong grasp on EHR security...


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Cybersecurity Taskforce Issues EHR Security Recommendations

by Kate Monica

A healthcare industry cybersecurity taskforce recently submitted a report to Congress analyzing and addressing various issues with healthcare security including problems unique to EHR technology. The task force was initially convened in...

ECMC EHR Outage Teaches Valuable Ransomware Recovery Lesson

by Kate Monica

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) spoke out about the ransomware attack that caused a hospital EHR outage spanning six weeks. The New York hospital recently shared its cautionary tale with a local newspaper, painting a grim picture of the...

Patients Harbor Little Concern for EHR Security Events

by Sara Heath

EHRs have become a ubiquitous fixture in doctor’s offices and hospitals nationwide, with adoption levels reaching nearly 90 percent. With that surge comes an increase in EHR security events during which patient data may be put at risk for...

FTC Finalizes Order to EHR Vendor in Consumer Deception Case

by Sara Heath

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued its final order against EHR vendor Practice Fusion following allegations that the EHR cloud-based company had misled consumers about physician reviews and their publication in an online physician...

EHR Downtime Results from Ransomware Attacks at CA, IN Hospitals

by Sara Heath

Ransomware attacks have been putting hospital technologies out of commission, pushing some healthcare organizations into EHR downtime. The attacks, which involve viruses infecting hospital files, lock users out of IT systems until they pay a...

MedStar Health Working to Fix Malware-Related EHR Downtime

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The health IT systems at MedStar Health are not completely back online following the EHR downtime caused by a ransomware attack earlier this week, the health system has revealed. In a series of official updates on its website, the health system...

Patient Engagement, Security Top the List among Hospitals

by Vera Gruessner

Today the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) released the results of its HealthCare's Most Wired™ Survey, which illustrated that data security and patient engagement...

Group Seeks Changes to Meaningful Use EHR Certification

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of 35 medical societies led by the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for the decoupling of EHR certification from the EHR Incentive Programs along with several other recommendations for the certification of EHR technology...

How best to prepare for adoption of a cloud-based EMR

by Sponsored Content

As 2014 nears its midpoint, healthcare providers are entering the final push for achieving compliance with meaningful use regulations. It’s important they invest in technology that will support their current electronic medical record (EMR)...

OIG monitoring of meaningful use to include CEHRT security

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has laid out its work plan for fiscal year 2014 reiterating its continued review of meaningful use incentives as well as adding a new wrinkle to its scrutiny...

AHA offers recommendations for NIST Cybersecurity Framework

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association has issued comments in response to a request for comments on the preliminary cybersecurity framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), urging the latter to ensure that the...

Open source collaboration with VA betters VistA EHR security

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The work of a graduate student at Georgia Tech has led to the creation of a patch to repair a security vulnerability in one of the most widely used EHR systems, according to an announcement by the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA)....

Epic, Cerner, athenahealth comments from disclosures hearing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During Monday’s virtual hearing on accounting for disclosures convened by the Health Information Technology Policy Committee Privacy and Security Tiger Team, members from leading EHR vendors athenahealth, Cerner, and Epic Systems participated...

ONC weighing accounting of disclosures in Monday’s hearing

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced that the HIT Policy Committee’s Privacy and Security Tiger Team would be holding a virtual, public hearing next Monday (September 30)...

Where are the findings from the meaningful use audits?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Although the past year has seen more and more details about meaningful use audits come to light as a thanks to eligible hospitals and professionals sharing their experiences, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) remains by and...

Why is making meaningful use audits a priority necessary?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The EHR Incentive Programs are evolving with the Stage 2 Meaningful Use about to begin, so too are the audits by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services determining whether eligible providers have truly achieved meaningful use. “When...

ONC issues guidance for non-meaningful users EHR systems

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Although the healthcare organizations and providers they serve are ineligible to receive payments through the EHR Incentive Programs, developers of EHR systems for non-meaningful users are being urged by the Office of the National Coordinator...

What security challenges does EHR meaningful use present?

by Sponsored Content

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first introduced the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs, many healthcare organizations understood the value it brought to the table. The meaningful use and sharing of...

How do cloud-based EHRs address common implementation woes?

by Jennifer Bresnick

After spending thousands of dollars on an EHR system, computers, IT infrastructure, installation, and staff training, most providers hope that they never have to go through the EHR implementation process again.  But after the explosion of growth...

Best practices for meaningful use pre- and post- audits

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

All the talk about meaningful use audits earlier this year definitely sent tingles down the spines of healthcare organizations and providers. And a lack of knowledge and rumors about these audits likely did little to quell those fanning the flames...

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