Blog Archives

Settlement of first small scale HIPAA breach announced by HHS

In a sign that HHS is serious about small data breaches, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and The Hospice of North Idaho reached a settlement agreement to resolve allegations of a 2010 breach involving 441 patient records. OCR Director Leon Rodriguez

Posted in ARRA, Higher Ed, HITECH Act, News, Privacy & Security Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

HHS Inspector General: Medicare EHR incentive program lacks adequate safeguards against error and fraud

The HHS Inspector General this week reported the results of its recent investigation to “verify the accuracy of professionals’ and hospitals’ self-reported meaningful-use information, as well as eligibility and payment amounts.”   The investigation reviewed payments issued from May through December

Posted in ARRA, Higher Ed, HITECH Act, News Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3.8 million record breach in South Carolina: lessons learned

Hackers recently infiltrated South Carolina’s state tax records, absconding with the largest haul to date of Social Security numbers, credit and debit card numbers from a state agency. State officials describe how the theft was worked, and list enhanced security

Posted in ARRA, Higher Ed, HIPAA, HITECH Act, News, Privacy & Security Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Health education information incomprehensible to many; HHS program to rate EHR-linked education materials for “understandability”

Health education materials provided to health care consumers until now have commonly assumed a fairly high level of “health literacy” – a level which, research has shown, makes the materials inaccessible to about 77 million people.  HHS’ new program addressing

Posted in ARRA Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sharing EHR notes between providers and patients improves care, patient loyalty among other benefits

According to Annals of Internal Medicine, a new study found no disadvantages to health care providers sharing EHR notes with patients. Via Kaiser Health News: Doctors are required by federal law to provide patients with a copy of their medical

Posted in ARRA, HIPAA Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

CHIME comments on EHR certification NPRM

In a letter to Dr. David Blumenthal, the College of Healthcare Information Executives (CHIME), an organization which represents1,400 healthcare chief information officers, offered some criticism of ONC’s recent notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the EHR certification program.  While CHIME expressed general

Posted in ARRA, Higher Ed, HITECH Act, News, Privacy & Security Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

CBS News reports on EHR efforts

By popular demand, here is the video of David Pogue’s report on the Obama Administration’s efforts to digitize patient records in the U.S. Watch Video

Posted in ARRA, Higher Ed, HITECH Act, News, Privacy & Security Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,