Healthcare IT Interoperability, EHR interoperability, Hospital Interoperability

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Effects of Patient Distrust on Health Data Exchange Security

January 4, 2017 - In a recent survey, Black Book polled a national panel of over 12,000 consumers to gauge patient interaction with technology and their perception of the usefulness of these technologies. The organization found that 57 percent of respondents are skeptical of the benefits of health data exchange technologies including EHR technology and patient portals. The chief source of their hesitancy is...


ONC, OCR Provide 9 Scenarios for HIPAA Health Data Exchange


In collaboration with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently published a fact sheet describing hypothetical instances where HIPAA supports the electronic exchange...

Medical Device Integration, IoT Pose Cybersecurity Risks


Medical device integration and support for the Internet of Things are raising cybersecurity concerns for healthcare CIOs and CISOs and leading to a call for Congressional action. In comments submitted to a recent House subcommittee hearing on...

Ensuring Health Data Exchange Complies with HIPAA, FTC Act


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have teamed up to help educate healthcare organizations about two laws regulating health data exchange — the FTC Act and HIPAA. While most healthcare organizations...

Addressing HIPAA as an Obstacle to Health Data Exchange


In a recent keynote address, National Coordinator Vindell Washington, MD, MHCM, addressed how a law to safeguard health data security and privacy is having an unintended negative impact on health data exchange. “I hear confusion about HIPAA...

How Behavioral Health Complicates Health Data Exchange


HIPAA is a ubiquitous term in United States healthcare, but it is not the be-all and end-all regulating health data exchange when behavioral health data is added to the mix. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has...

Should a Health Information Exchange Be Opt-In or Opt-Out?


A vital part of boosting health data interoperability, health information exchange (HIE) has become a significant part of the health IT conversation. As patient care – and federal incentive programs – continue to demand care coordination...

ONC Report: Trust Strengthens for EHR Privacy and Security


Consumers appear to be gaining trust in the privacy and security of electronic health records. A new data brief published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) shows slightly more than half of individuals nationwide expressing...

Increased Sharing Puts Healthcare Data Integrity at Risk


More than two-thirds of healthcare organizations aren’t sure whether they can safely share data and protect individual privacy, according to newly released survey findings. That troublesome uncertainty calls into question data integrity...

Senate HELP Committee Wants Answers on Health Data Integrity


The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), known for its activism on health information technology issues, is pressing government agencies for information on how they intend to support and protect victims of medical...

Healthcare Interoperability: Patients Prefer Portals


When it comes to delivery of medical test results, patients are comfortable enough with healthcare interoperability to prefer password-protected websites or portals over more traditional means of notification such as letters, voice mail and email....

5 Action Areas for Ensuring Healthcare Data Security


Failure to lock down access is compromising data security at U.S. healthcare organizations, according to a newly released report from software provider IS Decisions. The research points to concurrent logins, manual logoffs, password sharing and...

Thieves Expose Healthcare’s Data Integrity Shortfalls


Cyber-attackers continue to hammer healthcare organizations’ gaps in protecting data integrity and interconnected systems. In fact, as an industry, healthcare sees three times as many security incidents and attacks than other sectors and...

Watch Sensors Pose Mobile Device Integration Vulnerability


Just as cross-platform interoperability promises heightened competition and possible broader reach in the smart watch sector, research shows new cause for concern in wearable mobile device integration. Using a homegrown app on a Samsung Gear...

Data Security Measures Falling Short at Healthcare Entities


External hackers top the list of data security vulnerabilities at U.S. healthcare organizations with good reason: 80 percent admit that their IT systems have already been compromised by cyber-attacks. Further analysis shows the healthcare sector...

How Providers Can Help Advance Health IT Interoperability


A workgroup convened by the American Hospital Association has identified a host of activities for both the private and public sector to complete in order to advance health IT interoperability. As it turns out, the main responsibility of providers...

Do EHR Interoperability Requirements Raise Security Risks?


A nationwide patient advocacy group is of the opinion that EHR interoperability requirements will pave the way for protected health information to be hacked. The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom is calling on Congress to halt moving...

Is a Culture Change Critical for Health IT Interoperability?


One step necessary for advancing health IT interoperability is the development and implementation of health IT standards. Another is removing health data governance policies that are responsible for health information blocking. "While not...

HIMSS Has Ideas for 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory


Public comment on the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory open draft ended on May 1, but not before the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) submitted feedback calling attention to the absence of security standards...

Congress to Focus on EHR Use, Healthcare Interoperability


Be careful what you wish for. Not long after the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) emphasized the need for Congressional involvement to help promote healthcare interoperability and ensure health data exchange,...


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