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HIPAA Compliance: What Every Developer Should Know
Commentary  |  7/11/2014  | 
Apple Health and Google Fit have spurred a surge of interest in health apps. Here's what developers need to understand about HIPAA compliance.
How Public Cloud Could Revive VDI
News  |  7/8/2014  | 
Consumer-class cloud services force IT to get aggressive with endpoint control or accept that sensitive data will be in the wind -- or take a new approach, such as reconsidering virtual desktops.
HIPAA Complaints Vex Healthcare Organizations
News  |  7/8/2014  | 
Since 2013, complaints to the Department of Health and Human Services have risen regarding Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations.
Florida Law Aims To Tighten Data Security
News  |  7/7/2014  | 
Florida's new data privacy law increases security accountability for all enterprises; healthcare providers could face greater burden to protect patients' personal information.
Don't Set The CISO Up To Fail
Commentary  |  7/7/2014  | 
More healthcare organizations are hiring CISOs -- a good thing. But bad management structure, insufficient resources, and poor understanding of risks often doom these newly appointed security executives.
Hurricane Arthur: Healthcare IT Teams Brace
News  |  7/3/2014  | 
As the first hurricane of the Atlantic season approaches, healthcare organizations can still take steps to secure data.
Facebook Researchers Toy With Emotions: Wake Up
Commentary  |  6/30/2014  | 
A study about the effect of posts on Facebook users' emotions outraged some people. I call it a public service: Now you understand what ill-informed consent means.
Montana Health Department Hacked
News  |  6/25/2014  | 
State of Montana notifies 1.3 million patients of breach to Department of Public Health and Human Services server.
When Is Anonymous Data Really Anonymous?
Commentary  |  6/17/2014  | 
Confusion over the standards for anonymous data, or deidentification of data, damages adoption of mHealth apps, curtails innovation, and could generate needless extra laws.
Healthcare Organizations Prep For Increased Audits
News  |  6/16/2014  | 
With audits expected to increase this year, healthcare organizations increasingly invest in risk assessment software or services to ensure compliance.
Healthcare Fee Structure: Changes Ahead
News  |  6/11/2014  | 
Both payers and providers support a shift to value-based payments, a study says.
13 Ways To Beat Big Brother
Slideshows  |  6/9/2014  | 
Just because cameras are everywhere doesn't mean you have to be under surveillance all the time.
Securing Mobile Healthcare Devices: Best Practices
News  |  6/3/2014  | 
By combining technology, best practices, and education, IT departments can safeguard even the most mobile healthcare departments.
FTC: Data Brokers Know You Better Than Mom Does
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Federal Trade Commission report calls for restrictions on data brokers, finds companies gather billions of consumer transactions daily, largely without public knowledge.
Healthcare IT Security Worse Than Retail, Study Says
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Bad news for healthcare community: New study shows retailers like Target and eBay are more secure than many healthcare organizations.
Healthcare IT Priorities: No Breathing Room
News  |  5/19/2014  | 
Regulatory requirements have gone from high priority to the only priority for healthcare IT.
EHR Adoption A Success, Says ONC Leader
News  |  5/16/2014  | 
Karen DeSalvo, new National Coordinator for Health IT, says improving interoperability standards is the next big challenge.
NIST Proposes Guidelines For More Secure IT Systems
News  |  5/14/2014  | 
Recommendations infuse security practices into cradle-to-grave IT and software engineering processes for both private and public-sector IT systems.
Government Surveillance Criticism Heats Up
News  |  5/14/2014  | 
As book on Snowden affair debuts, several organizations take steps to restrain the mass online surveillance that Snowden investigation exposed.
Healthcare Dives Into Big Data
Slideshows  |  5/14/2014  | 
Healthcare organizations hope big data and analytics projects can help reduce costs and improve care. Consider these innovative examples.
Google Ordered To 'Forget'
News  |  5/13/2014  | 
European court rules Google must remove "irrelevant" links in certain situations to comply with EU law that gives people a right to be "forgotten."
Informatica Self-Service Platform Spots Sensitive Data
News  |  5/13/2014  | 
Informatica unveils its Intelligent Data Platform roadmap for clean, secure self-service data, even at big data scale.
Cloud-Based EHRs: Sky's The Limit
News  |  5/12/2014  | 
Healthcare practices find partnering with a cloud service provider for their electronic health records lets them focus on their patients, not on IT.
Monitoring, Workflow Apps Crucial To Healthcare IT
News  |  5/9/2014  | 
Two IT tools helped Seattle Children's Hospital and Catholic Health save time and money and improve healthcare for patients and their families.
How Indiana Hospital Contained MERS Outbreak
News  |  5/8/2014  | 
Community Hospital used EMR, video surveillance, and real-time tracking technology to isolate the first known US case of the potentially deadly virus.
FTC Must Disclose Consumer Data Security Standards
News  |  5/8/2014  | 
A company accused by the FTC of failing to provide adequate data security has the right to know the required security standards, administrative judge rules.
Chronic Disease Patients' Top Online Privacy Worries
News  |  5/7/2014  | 
Medical data privacy isn't as much of a worry as online banking data privacy for these patients, Accenture study finds.
Windows 7 Dominates Desktop, XP Share Slips
News  |  5/1/2014  | 
Windows XP has twice the market share of Windows 8/8.1. But it is Windows 7 that still rules the desktop.
Tech Preps Healthcare Organizations For Lawsuits
News  |  5/1/2014  | 
Healthcare organizations spend and worry more about litigation and regulations than their counterparts in many other industries, study finds. Specialized software helps.
HCSC Security Chief's Secret To Longevity
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Ray Biondo has served as chief information security officer for nine years at insurance giant Health Care Service Corp., something of a record. He credits users and execs willing to collaborate on risk management.
Microsoft: No IE Patch For Windows XP
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Hackers are already exploiting a new Internet Explorer flaw. Microsoft promises a fix -- but not for Windows XP.
Physicians Find Security In The Cloud
News  |  4/24/2014  | 
Healthcare practices are increasingly partnering with trusted cloud service providers to provide enhanced data security along with improved efficiency of IT operations.
EHR Jobs Boom: 8 Hot Health IT Roles
Slideshows  |  4/22/2014  | 
Electronic health records have fueled a growing career specialty. Consider these in-demand health IT jobs.
Doctors Doping: What Can Tech Do?
Commentary  |  4/22/2014  | 
It's estimated 100,000 healthcare professionals abuse prescription drugs, endangering patients and hospitals. Video, bar coding, and even robots could bring the number down.
Wearables, Drones Scare Americans
News  |  4/19/2014  | 
Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
Mobile App Development: 5 Worst Security Dangers
Commentary  |  4/18/2014  | 
Address these areas when building apps -- or brace yourself for a PR and liability nightmare should an attacker find and exploit a flaw.
Telehealth Gains Momentum In Obamacare Era
News  |  4/17/2014  | 
The Affordable Care Act's focus on population health and cost-cutting is encouraging providers and insurers to invest in remote healthcare technologies.
Twitter Posts Betray Illness
News  |  4/14/2014  | 
Tweets reveal whether you have influenza, according to Penn State researchers.
Nurses Say Pagers Must Go; Hospitals Drag Feet
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
Nurses and other healthcare workers who communicate vital patient information say they need an alternative to outdated pagers and insecure smartphones.
FTC Privacy Enforcement Power Wins Court Blessing
News  |  4/8/2014  | 
The agency's claim against Wyndham Hotels for poor data security practices has been allowed to proceed.
Colleagues In Cuffs: When Employees Steal Patient Records
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
The Queens County DA recently arrested two Jamaica Hospital employees for stealing patient data, a lucrative crime occurring at hospitals across the nation.
Doximity: Social Networking For Doctors
News  |  4/4/2014  | 
Social service eases HIPAA fears by validating medical credentials of all members, allowing professional collaboration among physicians.
Startup Aims To Unlock Family Medical History
Commentary  |  3/26/2014  | 
Sharing healthcare data among family members, with less concern for privacy, could result in better healthcare, says Zibdy Health.
20 Tests Healthcare CIOs Must Juggle
Slideshows  |  3/24/2014  | 
With never-ending waves of federal regulations and new technologies, healthcare CIOs face constant change. These issues top the list of leadership challenges.
Healthcare Data Security: Focus On 'Business Associates'
News  |  3/18/2014  | 
Healthcare professionals don't trust service providers' handling of patient data, study shows. Cloud services aim to help providers take control of those relationships.
Obamacare Vs. Patient Data Security: Ponemon Research
News  |  3/13/2014  | 
Healthcare professionals worry that healthcare regulations mandating patient data exchange are luring more data thieves, says Ponemon study.
Windows XP Security Issues: Fact Vs. Fiction
News  |  3/12/2014  | 
Are you prepared for the end of Microsoft support for Windows XP next month?
Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Embraces Social Collaboration
News  |  3/11/2014  | 
Social applications based on SharePoint are just beginning to prove their worth in clinical settings. Here's how one hospital uses them to review case studies, share resources, and more.
As Doctors Embrace Tablets, Management Headaches Grow
News  |  3/3/2014  | 
Mobile devices are just what the doctor ordered, but not all healthcare providers' IT departments have the right tools to manage them.
Wearable Health Tech: Many Promises, Few Facts
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Digital fitness devices are the rage -- among healthy people. The healthcare community won't know the value to sedentary patients until unbiased research arrives.
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