Ponemon Institute / ID Experts, Thursday, May 19, 2016
The Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data by the Ponemon Institute, finds that criminal attacks are the leading cause of half of all data breaches in healthcare. Employee mistakes, third-party snafus, and stolen computer devices—are the root cause of the other half of data breaches. The study also found that while most healthcare organizations believe they are vulnerable to a data breach, they are unprepared to address new threats and lack the resources to protect patient data.
Narinder Singh, Diginomica, Wednesday, May 11, 2016
US healthcare lags far behind in the adoption of cloud computing. Is the industry with its regulations and mission critical nature too complicated for cloud solutions? Is it just a matter of time? How will the future unfold and what are its implications today? Juxtaposing the ongoing history of cloud with a deeper dive into the healthcare industry can help us unlock story of the healthcare sequel of cloud computing.
Bernie Monegain, Healthcare IT News, Wednesday, May 4, 2016
IBM is making quantum computing available to the public, providing access to a platform from any desktop or mobile device via the IBM Cloud. It has implications for healthcare, where another supercomputer, IBMWatson, is already at work helping researchers and clinicians eradicate cancer, making sure the world’s population gets better sleep and sorting big data to boost genomics work and precision medicine.
Lyndsey Gilpin, Forbes, Tuesday, December 1, 2015
According to a 2014 study by Health Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Analytics division, 83% of IT healthcare executives reported they were using cloud services. Earlier this year, MarketsandMarkets reported that cloud services in the healthcare industry would grow from $3.73 billion in 2015 to almost $9.5 billion by 2020. Time is valuable for everyone, but especially doctors. They need fast access to accurate, updated information so they can assess and treat patients more efficiently. Accessing the cloud would allow them to tap a database of information from professionals all over the world to monitor trends in disease.
Nicole Lewis, iHealthBeat, Thursday, November 12, 2015
As health care organizations increasingly share patient data with public health entities and use patients' information for big data analytics and precision medicine initiatives, the consensus is that de-identification will become a more important tool for health care researchers and academics to minimize privacy risk.
Robin Hattersley Gray, Campus Safety Magazine, Saturday, October 3, 2015
It seems like practically every U.S. police department is buying or considering the adoption of body-worn cameras, but are they appropriate for hospitals? If so, how should they be deployed? HIPAA compliance is just one of several challenges associated with this type of technology. Training and policies are some others.
Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed, Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Review the Business Associate’s Agreement (BAA) because there is vendor variation among them. Not all BAAs are alike. Some fully meet legal requirements to protect the institution, and others not so much. It is critical to test the veracity of the statements and commitments made in BAAs with third-party audits, for example a successful ISO audit w/27018 controls as a decent proxy for HIPAA privacy and security rule requirements. Careful attention to the quality of these documents will lower institutional risk and raise the bar among vendors. These efforts will continue an on-going process of harmonizing standards in cloud computing contracts. Make sure your legal counsel has seen the BAA, been in contact with the leading attorneys who set the bar for appropriate or consult NACUA or ACE documents designed for this purpose.
By Daniel Solove, LinkedIn, Wednesday, September 2, 2015
For so many healthcare providers, HIPAA is a source of great aggravation. It's difficult. It's boring. It seems to consist of a lot of inconvenient and costly requirements. I believe that these attitudes about HIPAA are due to a failure to educate healthcare professionals about the reasons why HIPAA matters. HIPAA is not about doing all sorts of needless things for their own sake. It is about protecting patients.
Paul Lannon, Holland & Knight, Wednesday, September 2, 2015
When is it legal and proper for higher education institutions to use student medical records other than for a student's healthcare? In answering that question, institutions have to balance students' privacy interests, including federal rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), against legitimate institutional needs. Finding the right balance is not always easy, as highlighted by recent well-publicized cases. Too much access may facilitate misuse or discourage students from seeking campus-based medical services, while too little access may deprive an institution of information important to satisfying a legal obligation or responding effectively to a health or safety emergency.
Mahesh Kalva and Andrew Underhill, GCN, Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Health care IT departments are building private cloud networks and functioning as brokers, offering a private option, but also allowing business managers to choose a range of commodity and hybrid models through the providers with which the internal IT groups already work. When initiating use of a private cloud in health care, a few key steps vital to success include performing ample research, developing a solid risk management policy and ensuring that the ends justify the means from a business perspective.