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Providers, pay heed to NIST's mobile device security guide

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's  new draft guide to help providers keep patient data on mobile devices  secure is a treasure trove of very detailed, practical information. However, I'm worried that it won't trickle down to the clinician community.

Healthcare lobbies push to include housing as a hospital community benefit

Several prominent hospital groups have been urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to consider hospital-sponsored housing as a community benefit, AHA News Now has reported.

Oncology doctors push back against cost of cancer drugs

Oncologists are so irked over the rapidly escalating cost of drugs used to treat their patients that they are making fairly radical policy proposals and have begun monitoring prices for treatments.

Barnabas Health CEO supports paying some property taxes

The CEO of New Jersey's largest hospital system has come out in support of not-for-profit hospitals in the state paying some property taxes, has reported.

Hacking demo drives home complex reality of mHealth security

There are many frightening security scenarios in the healthcare realm, from having personal data stolen from your medical records to input mistakes regarding needed medication in digital files.

All eyes on how regulators will respond to massive health insurer mergers

Now that four of the country's five largest health insurers have announced merger deals, the focus turns to how federal and state regulators will respond to such significant industry consolidation.

VA settles with more whistleblowers as investigators promise better training

The Office of Special Counsel, which handles allegations of retaliation against federal employees, has announced that three Department of Veterans Affairs whistleblowers would be reinstated to their jobs with clean records and financial settlements..

BlackBerry offers insight on hidden security headaches for patients, providers

A live demo at a BlackBerry Security Summit drove home the vulnerabilities presented by everyday mobile healthcare tools--in this case the IV infusion pump for administering medications in hospital and clinic settings.

NIST guide aims to protect patient information on mobile devices

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has published a new guide to help healthcare providers make mobile devices that use or contain patient electronic health data more secure.

Why mHealth guidelines are a solid starting point for tool developers

Adam C. Powell, Ph.D, president of Payer+Provider Syndicate, spoke with FierceMobileHealthcare about a new set of draft guidlines focused around responsible use of mHealth tools.