Lawmaker wants to require providers to inform patients of ransomware attacks

As ransomware attacks on the healthcare industry grow, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) says breach notification laws should be updated to reflect the new threat.

AHA, AHIMA laud early release of new ICD-10 codes

Both the American Hospital Association and the American Health Information Management Association this week lauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the early release of thousands of new ICD-10 procedure coding system and clinical modification codes prior to Oct. 1.

Use of data-sharing platforms for clinical trials limited

Use of platforms designed to provide access to individual patient data in order to increase transparency of clinical trial data has been limited, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Kirk Nahra: HIPAA, data issues will keep providers on their toes

Looking ahead at the year to come in healthcare privacy and security, there will be many HIPAA and legislative issues providers should keep their eyes on, Kirk Nahra, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP, said during a talk at the 24th National HIPAA Summit in the District of Columbia this week.

Committee hearing addresses health data flow issues, info blocking

Health information still doesn't flow in all the ways it needs to, according to testimony Tuesday at a joint hearing before the U.S. House's subcommittee on Information Technology and subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules.

UPMC to fund six health tech innovation projects

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is set to fund six projects created under the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance, which is committed to developing data-based innovations.

Ransomware hits two more California hospitals

Two more California hospitals have been attacked through ransomware.

8 steps providers can take to be HIPAA audit ready

HIPAA audits are coming, and there are steps providers can take to make sure they are ready to go in the event they are "the lucky winners," Rebecca Williams, RN, partner and chair for the Health IT & HIPAA Practice group at Davis Wright Tremain LLP, said during the 24th National HIPAA Summit in the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

Providers must move beyond just compliance-driven security practices, hospital leaders say

Providers these days must look at how to go beyond just compliance-driven practices because compliance alone does not equal security, according to panelists speaking Tuesday at the annual HIPAA Summit in the District of Columbia.

Hospital privacy officials: Make security a proactive process

While privacy has become increasingly top of mind for provider organizations over the past year, industry executives would be wise to focus on being more proactive about such efforts, a pair of hospital officials said Monday at the 24th National HIPAA Summit.

Survey: Consumer interest high in fall-detection sensor technology

A pair of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering are developing sensor technology for senior care facilities and private homes that can determine both who is in danger of falls and where they are.

Looming e-prescribing mandate giving docs pause

Doctors have mixed views on the New York state law that mandates e-prescribing.

Parents distrustful of online doc reviews

Online rating sites for doctors are growing, but parents are wary of such reviews, according to a report from the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

OCR launches Phase 2 of HIPAA Audit Program

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights on Monday initiated the second phase of its HIPAA Audit Program.

OpenNotes helps to improve misunderstandings between docs, patients

One of the biggest benefits of the OpenNotes initiative has been clarification of misunderstandings between patients and clinicians, according to the Commonwealth Fund.

Veterans open to using health IT for mental healthcare

Veterans being treated for mental health issues show interest in using technology to receive care, with a few caveats, according to research published at Telemedicine and e-Health.

AHIMA petitions White House on national patient identifier

A petition asking the White House to recognize the need for a national patient identifier has been created by the American Health Information Management Association.

Strong tech, care management backbones for New York Medical Partners ACO

Building a strong infrastructure is the biggest challenge South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York, faces in forming a new accountable care organization in conjunction with about 200 physicians.

Task force creates framework to define skills, education for clinical informatics execs

Required education and skills for chief clinical informatics officer roles (CCIO) is necessary for "a dynamic, motivated workforce," according to a report from an American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) task force

PCAST: Telehealth, other tech enable older Americans to remain connected, independent

Telehealth and electronic health records are among a number of key tools that can help older Americans live more connected yet independent lives, according to a new report published this week by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.