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Ensuring Patient Concerns Don’t Limit Health Data Exchange

March 21, 2017 - A new op-ed by former National Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, addresses the potential for digital health information exchange to dramatically change healthcare so long as providers address patient health data security and privacy concerns. “Every technological advance brings both benefits and risks, many of which are unanticipated,” Blumenthal writes, “This is especially...


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Ensuring Patient Concerns Don’t Limit Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

A new op-ed by former National Coordinator David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, addresses the potential for digital health information exchange to dramatically change healthcare so long as providers address patient health data security and privacy concerns....

Report Highlights Patient Role in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

A recent Century Foundation report funded by an Open Society Foundations grant identifies several policy recommendations that emphasize the critical role of patients in health data exchange and information sharing. In the report, author Adam...

Do Gaps in Health IT Security Laws Stunt Technology Innovation?

by Sara Heath

Gaps in privacy and security law may be hindering the development and expansion of health IT and EHR use across the industry, a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology suggests. The report details...

CHIME $1M Challenge Pushes for National Patient Identifier

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The push for a national patient identifier now includes a financial motivation in the form of a $1-million competition launched by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). On Tuesday, the organization unveiled the...

Debating Viability of Universal Electronic Health Record

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

How possible or impossible is the idea of having a universal electronic health record in the US? Our readers highlight the health IT obstacles in the way. In concept, a universal electronic health record would eliminate many of the obstacles...

Effects of Interoperability on Health Data Privacy Policies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Interoperability enables healthcare providers to make the most well-informed decisions for individual patients, but it introduces the potential for sensitive patient health data to become compromised if the technologies exchanging information...

Pundits offer predictions for healthcare, health IT in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Along with the holidays come the predictions for the upcoming. Prognosticators from IDC Health Insights and the Physicians Foundation have unveiled their forecasts for 2014, a year that should likely tax the resources of healthcare organizations...

Is it time to retire your fax server, move to the cloud?

by Sponsored Content

There is always a difficult tipping point when it comes to technology, when you have to set aside the investment made years ago and face the reality that it has outlived its usefulness. Take fax servers for example. Many healthcare providers...

Has Practice Fusion’s review site violated patient privacy?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Up until now, the criticism received by Practice Fusion about its free EHR solution appears unwarranted considering the number of ambulatory care providers who have adopted the certified EHR technology. However, a new wave of criticism could...

What ensuring trust means to health information exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Safeguarding protected health information (PHI) from unauthorized use and disclosures is nothing new for HIPAA-covered entities. But with the rise in adoption of EHR systems and participation in health information challenge (HIE), protecting...

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)...

Two Mich. providers cut $4M deal with DoJ for alleged fraud

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is the not the only federal agency reaching a multi-million dollar settlement this week. Earlier this week, managed care company WellPoint Inc. agreed to pay HHS $1.7 million for violating HIPAA...

EHR adoption, patient privacy causing buzz on Capitol Hill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information technology has featured centrally in two scenarios playing out in Washington, DC. First, there’s the ongoing saga that is the Department of Defense’s decision to select an EHR system not named VistA. The decision...

What health IT is necessary to support accountable care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The development and use of a health IT framework for accountable care organizations (ACOs) will help minimize risks associated with forming these risk-based partnerships between healthcare organizations, providers, and payers, according to Certification...

Lawsuit: Adventist failed to protect PHI of 763K patients

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A lawsuit recently brought forward by a former patient of Adventist Health alleges that the healthcare organization failed to safeguard the protected health information (PHI) of more than 763,000 patients contained in its electronic database,...

VA “routinely” sent unencrypted EHR data to external locations

by Jennifer Bresnick

The VA just can’t seem to find its way out of hot water.  As if the beleaguered agency needed more bad news, a newly released report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has found that certain locations within the Veterans...

Does cloud-based EHR increase health data security?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While the concept of cloud-based EHR has become more understandable and accepted as an effective and economic approach to meeting the demands of EHR and health IT initiatives (e.g., the EHR Incentive Programs), concerns about security and privacy...

Healthcare CIO challenges meaningful use naysayers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In his latest entry on the Life as a Healthcare CIO, John Halamka, MD, has some choice words for critics of meaningful use and progress made in the adoption and use of electronic health records (EHRs). In defense of the advancements in health...

Health data breach at Blount Memorial hospital

by Patrick Ouellette

Originally posted by Ashley Blume via HealthITSecurity.com A hospital laptop was stolen from the residence of a Blount Memorial employee on Aug. 25. Though the laptop was password protected, there was no encryption set up to further...

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