During a recent FierceHealthcare webinar, "Three things you must know about the new HIPAA rules," Boston-based healthcare attorney David Harlow, a Boston-based health attorney and author of HealthBlawg, and Dena Boggan, HIPAA privacy and security officer at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Miss., shared their experiences and expertise with attendees regarding internal policies, training staff and business associates, with regard to preparation for the looming audit program.
A special February issue of the journal Health Services Research sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT examines the health information technology landscape, focusing on various trends and statistics, including adoption and performance.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. in state court on Jan. 23, alleging the company was too slow to notify more than 20,000 current and former employees that their personal information was compromised in a 2011 security breach.
A new Healtheway eHealth Exchange survey reveals a dramatic increase in participation and online transactions in the national health information exchange.
Telestroke programs are valuable for rural areas with the proper facilitators and state policies, though they're not without their barriers, according to a study published this month in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health.
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology announced this morning that, effective immediately, it will no longer certify electronic health record systems for the federal government's Meaningful Use incentive program, citing uncertainty with the timing and nature of future program requirements.
Several factors have contributed to the demise of patient privacy in recent years, according to software analyst and healthcare blogger Shahid Shah (a.k.a., The Health IT Guy).
"Technical difficulties" kept a military health surveillance website down for most of January.
The number of merger and acquisition deals among healthcareIT/pharma companies declined 16 percent in 2013, but the value of deals rose, according to analysis from Berkery Noyes, an independent mid-market investment bank.
A centralized blood bank with data from all 11 hospitals allows HHC to look at differences across its system and identify which facilities may be using more or less blood than optimal, according to Chief Medical Informatics Officer Louis Capponi.
Entities covered under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act also may be subject to security enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission, the latter confirmed with a unanimous ruling against a medical testing laboratory that mishandled patient information.
Operational problems identified by Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) after their first full year in existence overwhelmingly involved the use and dissemination of data, according to a newly published survey from the National Association of ACOs
As federal funds supporting health information exchanges dry up, 83 percent of the nation's public HIEs are stalling, according to a new report from Black Book.
With patient engagement tools like Fitbit and personal health records growing more and more abundant, a primary goal of providers in today's society must be to avoid obstructing the flow of information from patients and their tools to medical professionals, according to Ryan Bosch, chief medical information officer at Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System.
The New York City-based Health and Hospitals Corporation sees 1 million emergency department visits per year, and has significant challenges to serve its underinsured and uninsured population. To that end, technology in the form of a digital whiteboard system is helping the ED departments keep track of everyone coming in, according to Louis Capponi, chief medical informatics officer for HHC.