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What Cyberattacks Mean for the U.S. Health System

For many smartphone-using Americans, this past Friday evening and the weekend likely included a flurry of news alerts about a wave of coordinated ransomware attacks that hit in 99 countries throughout the world. While details are still emerging, cybersecurity experts have identified more than 75,000 attacks, including some that targeted 16 National Health Service (NHS) […]

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Struggles with State Privacy Laws?

Each of the 50 states has its own unique quirks and traditions, from state flowers and landmarks to truly bizarre state and municipal laws. Also varying significantly from state to state: privacy laws, which can cause headaches for health care organizations and providers operating in multiple jurisdictions—along with their patients. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, […]

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New ONC Interoperability Framework: Open for Comment

“Interoperability” is seemingly one of the most popular buzzwords in the health care lexicon today. It’s long been a goal, but it has been much harder to achieve in practice. For its part, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is seeking to provide guidance for providers, health care organizations, and developers […]

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New OCR Chief Pledges to Fight Breaches

It’s no secret that the number of large-scale health care data breaches has been on the rise in recent years, often dominating headlines and causing concern in the health care community. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plays an important role in combating and responding to […]

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What to Do About Inappropriate Conduct During Virtual Visits?

The Internet, as anyone who’s had the pleasure of using it more than likely knows, has its fair share of people who take advantage of the relative anonymity it can offer to engage in inappropriate behavior. And according to a recent CNBC article, health care providers are not immune from this conduct during virtual consultations […]

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Texting With Patients? AMA Weighs In

Everyone, it seems, texts these days—in fact, 81 percent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center study, do so on a regular basis. What’s more, people are doing more than just exchanging greetings via text, with many doing everything from sending and receiving money to refilling prescriptions through SMS. Given this nationwide fondness for […]

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One in Four Americans Have Had Health Data Breached

It’s probably common knowledge by now (at least among those who follow health IT and cybersecurity news) that the number of data breaches in recent years has increased significantly, making headlines and raising concerns. Now, an Accenture study has shed new light on the far-reaching impact breaches have had on individuals. As ID Experts first […]

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Is it Time for a HIPAA Replacement? AHIMA Asks the Experts

Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law in 1996, “HIPAA compliance,” “HIPAA violation,” and other such terms have become a familiar part of our national lexicon. And yet 20 years after its passage, HIPAA is not only often misunderstood, but also ever so slightly out of date—and potentially in […]

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Which Hospitals Run the Highest Risk of Data Breaches?

With seemingly countless large-scale data breaches making headlines in recent years, it might seem like no health care institution is safe from hackers on the hunt for patient information. But some hospitals are at a higher risk than others to be the targets of breaches. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, a new study from researchers […]

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Who Will Get the VA’s EHR Contract? Some Possibilities

As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues its efforts to modernize its health care infrastructure and better leverage new technologies, one key goal will be updating its electronic health records system. Now, as Politico first reported, companies are beginning to vie for what will likely be a contract in the billions. Among the likely contenders: […]

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