As the healthcare sector works to provide patients with secure access to their health information via smartphones and other devices, it must address critical identity and trust issues, says DirectTrust president and CEO Scott Stuewe.
From both a regulatory and a security perspective, it’s not enough to simply perform a risk analysis. The HIPAA Security Rule requires and today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape demands that healthcare organizations respond to the risks identified appropriately and effectively.
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Micky Tripathi - a longtime health IT expert with deep roots in secure health information exchange and interoperability issues - will be the new head of the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Federal regulators have issued guidance to help clarify how HIPAA covered entities and business associates are permitted to make patient record disclosures for public health purposes to health information exchange organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Health and Human Services last week issued its 10th settlement involving a HIPAA "right of access" case since launching its patient records access initiative last year. But how might HIPAA enforcement priorities at HHS' Office for Civil Rights change under a Biden administration?
Federal regulators have issued the final version of a five-year strategic health IT plan that sets goals and objectives focused around providing patients secure access of their health data. But what do experts think of the plan, and would it stick under a potential Biden administration?
Citing the stretched health IT resources and heavy workloads healthcare organizations face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators are delaying compliance deadlines for information blocking and health IT interoperability regulations.
In an exclusive interview, Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA, spells out critical steps healthcare organizations must take to safeguard patient information and ensure patient safety in light of the surge in ransomware and other hacking incidents.
As the compliance dates approach for the Department of Health and Human Services' information blocking and health IT interoperability final rules, organizations need to avoid potential pitfalls, says privacy attorney Adam Greene.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights plans to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify the HIPAA rules before the end of the year, says Timothy Noonan, the agency's deputy director for health information privacy.
Just as it's necessary to think about security before throwing yourself into the clouds when paragliding, the same holds true for large healthcare organizations migrating data to the cloud. Whether it's your first 'flight' in the clouds or you've been gliding for a while, there are security and compliance best...
An executive order President Donald Trump signed Monday that's designed as a first step toward potential long-term expansion of the use of telehealth could prompt renewed attention to related privacy and security issues.
In an exclusive, wide-ranging video interview, Don Rucker, M.D., HHS national coordinator for health IT, discusses why more work needs to be done to protect the privacy of health data as well as why the U.S. needs to ramp up secure health information exchange among clinicians.
Your patients and members are today's consumers, and they expect seamless user experiences. But you can't meet their demands at the expense of security. You must remain a stalwart steward of protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII). The distributed nature of healthcare delivery...