Blog Posts Tagged with "HITECH"

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Auditors: Prepare for the "Year of Healthcare Privacy"

March 03, 2011 Added by:Rebecca Herold

Most of the lawyers and regulatory analysts I’ve spoken with have indicated that they anticipate most, if not all, of the proposed changes will be enacted into the Final Rule as law by the end of March 2011. Many changes will result, and eight areas will be significantly impacted...

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Can Cloud Computing Enhance Compliance?

February 27, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson

Rebecca Herold, recently voted the #3 Best Privacy Advisor in the world and Jack Anderson, CEO of Compliance Helper discuss a new use of cloud computing, or Software as a Service (SaaS) to enhance compliance and improve security and privacy...

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Multi-Million Dollar HIPAA-HITECH Penalty Issued

February 23, 2011 Added by:Headlines

"Due to their apparent lack of compliance, as well as demonstrable arrogance with regard to dealing with the OCR investigators, Cignet now has the dubious honor of being the poster child for HIPAA/HITECH willful neglect," said privacy expert and Infosec Island contributor Rebecca Herold...

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Doctors and Patients Want EMR and Privacy Protection

February 14, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson

One hopes and believes that with the Senate and the President protecting HITECH that we have at least until 2013 to implement what I feel is the most important program in healthcare today. If your goal is to improve patient care and reduce cost, nothing will have more impact than HITECH...

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HIPAA Penalty: Vermont AG and Health Net

February 09, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson

The Health Net breach is the gift that keeps on giving, to the state attorneys general, that is. This fine is just part of the long term ramifications of a data breach. I am sure that United wishes they hadn't acquired Health Net. Bad publicity rubs off...

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EHR and Consulting: Case of the Unpopular Mandate

February 07, 2011 Added by:Mike Meikle

Things seem to not have changed since 2004. EHR is still unpopular, expensive and with the latest research in hand, doesn’t seem to improve productivity or patient care quality. This seems to be true even if you tack on expensive Clinical Decision Support (CDS) systems...

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HIPAA: It’s About the Information

February 06, 2011 Added by:Rebecca Herold

It is very important that covered entities (CEs), business associates (BAs) and their subcontractors understand that HIPAA applies to protecting the information. It doesn’t matter what the conduit is for how the information is transmitted, or where it is stored and accessed from...

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HIPAA Compliance Investigations and the Insider Threat

February 02, 2011 Added by:Rebecca Herold

The insider threat is significant in all organizations, but impossible to eliminate completely. However, organizations can significantly reduce the associated risks, and demonstrate due diligence for implementing safeguards, by doing the following...

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Proving HIPAA HITECH Compliance

January 30, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson

There is no third party authorized by HHS to attest to their compliance such as The Joint Commission or JCAHO can attest to accreditation. Even if they could prove to your satisfaction that they were compliant in January, how would you know that they were compliant in February, or March, etc...

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HIPAA, Gabrielle Gifford, and Steve Jobs

January 25, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson

Steve Jobs the patient has a right to privacy, but does Steve Jobs the CEO have that right? Here we get into dueling bureaucracies; SEC and HHS. The SEC has not issued guidance on whether boards should disclose health issues for directors or officers, however some experts feel that they should...

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Compliance is Not Just a HIPAA - HITECH Issue

January 23, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson

Failure to maintain an effective compliance program as determined by OMIG may subject a provider to sanctions, including termination from the Medicaid program. If this sounds familiar it is because it is nearly identical to HIPAA compliance rules...

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HIPAA HITECH Compliance for BAs and Sub-Contractors

January 19, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson

Due to this potential liability CEs are beginning to require proof of compliance before they will do business with a BA or Sub. The big challenge is how to prove compliance so that the CE has "suitable assurance" as required by HIPAA...

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Enterprise Privacy and Infosec (HIPAA-HITECH)

January 16, 2011 Added by:Jack Anderson

A task based methodology is key to providing a step by step process ensuring a complete and comprehensive programs is established. Metrics for measuring performance allow both internal monitoring of progress as well as the ability to demonstrate compliance levels to business partners...

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Medical Server Hacked by Call of Duty Gamers

January 14, 2011 Added by:Headlines

A network server at Seacoast Radiology was illegally accessed by hackers intent on using it to host "Call of Duty: Black Ops" gaming sessions. The server provides storage for records for over 230,000 individuals...

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HIPAA-HITECH Final Rule To Be Published in March

January 06, 2011 Added by:Rebecca Herold

On December 20, 2010, the federal government published “Part II: Regulatory Information Service Center: Introduction to The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.” Within it is the long-awaited HHS time line for when they would publish the final rule...

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Healthcare and Security: A Hacker’s Perspective

December 27, 2010 Added by:Renee Chronister

The latest Ponemon Institute study reveals 60% of healthcare providers had more than 2 security breaches in the last year with the average breach costing them $2 million. Whoa! It then goes on to state that 70% of hospitals say protecting patient data is not a priority...

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