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September 10, 2013
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CHIME Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report: Privacy and Security of Patient Information
EHRs offer many benefits to patients and health care providers, but the biggest potential drawbacks to putting health records online involve issues of security and privacy. This CHIME Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report looks at steps health care groups can take to ensure privacy and security, considerations when data is stored in the cloud, and current and upcoming federal regulations.
Protecting Patient Data 
  • Alliance to address medical identity theft problems
    Six groups have collaborated to establish the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance with the aim of launching leadership, education and awareness initiatives to support the creation of best practices and technologies to cut the incidence of medical identity theft in the U.S. According to the alliance, factors that contribute to medical identity theft include a shifting regulatory environment and the electronic pervasiveness of protected health data. Health Data Management (8/23) Email this Story
  • Firm offers white papers on cybersecurity for health execs
    NJVC, an IT security company that serves the intelligence and defense communities, has published a series of three white papers about cybersecurity for the health care market. According to NJVC, many organizations are scrimping on security budgets to enable them to meet electronic health data deadlines in 2014. The white papers aim to help health care executives examine data risks as well as select and adopt the defense systems they need to secure protected patient data. Healthcare IT News (8/23) Email this Story
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Security in the Cloud 
  • Researchers advise independent cloud audits
    Health care providers should use an independent auditing company to evaluate online services before storing their EHRs in the cloud, researchers recommend in a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The study recommended that providers look into data encryption, digital signatures and access monitoring, among other methods, to protect the privacy and security of patient information. iHealthBeat (8/23) Email this Story
  • Cloud can offer increased security of patient information
    Health care providers, especially smaller providers, can reap added EHR security benefits with cloud hosting, since reliable cloud service providers will invest in top-notch security systems and spread the cost over many customers, writes August Calhoun of the Dell Services Healthcare and Life Sciences business. In addition to security advantages, cloud hosting also offers providers flexibility and easy mobile access, he writes. Healthcare IT News (8/29) Email this Story
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Complying with Regulations 
  • Experts identify HIPAA omnibus concerns
    As health care providers get ready for the Sept. 23 HIPAA Omnibus Rule deadline, compliance experts highlight areas of the new rule that create concern. The notification deadlines for security breaches should vary by the size and difficulty of the breach, one expert recommended, since each breach is unique. Another expert thought that the government should offer more guidance. "We need a lot more clear guidance that's specific to health information exchanges (HIEs) and sharing data in open-architecture systems," said Drinker Biddle partner Jennifer Breuer. Health IT Security (8/26) Email this Story
  • OCR explains protocol for HIPAA breach notification
    According to the HHS Office for Civil Rights, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule will mandate that HIPAA-covered entities follow specific procedures in the event of a data breach. In addition to notifying affected patients of the breach within 60 days, the entity must provide information about the breach to the media if more than 500 patients in a state or jurisdiction are affected. The HHS secretary also must be alerted of all data security breaches affecting protected health information. Health IT Security (8/27) Email this Story
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