Privacy could 'crash' big data if not done right

Ashley Gold, FierceHealthIT,  Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Privacy has the potential to crash big data before there's a chance to get it right, and finding the right balance is key to future success, experts argued at a Princeton University event earlier this month.

Hacked Gmail Account Exposes 1,256 Patients' Data

Jeff Goldman, eSecurity Planet,  Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Patients' names, birthdates, surgical descriptions or codes, surgical dates and special surgical instructions may have been exposed.

Healthcare execs say ACA increases risk to patient data

Susan D. Hall, FierceHealthIT,  Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A lack of proven security in the health insurance marketplaces is a key threat to patient information, according to a new report from the Ponemon Institute, which also lists criminal attacks, employee negligence, unsecured mobile devices and business associates among the top security and privacy issues health organizations face.

What are the causes of digital patient privacy loss in EHRs and other health IT systems?

Shahid Shah, MedCity News,  Sunday, January 26, 2014

This past Friday I was invited by the Patient Privacy Rights (PPR) Foundation to lead a discussion about privacy and EHRs. The discussion, entitled “Fact vs. Fiction: Best Privacy Practices for EHRs in the Cloud,” addressed patient privacy concerns and potential solutions for doctors working with EHRs.

Commentary: Why data privacy and security in the cloud are imperative

Hemant Pathak, Government Health IT,  Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has dramatically changed U.S. healthcare. Come January, millions of Americans will have access to affordable healthcare for the first time. The influx of new patients will require providers and other healthcare professionals to adjust the standard procedures they've been accustomed to in order to drive efficiency while still delivering quality patient care.

Citrix Addresses HIPAA Compliance With ShareFile Cloud For Healthcare

Kathy Kim, CRN,  Thursday, November 14, 2013

With the recent updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Omnibus, Citrix (NSDQ:CTXS) ShareFile unveiled on Tuesday its updated and new virtual private cloud solely for the healthcare market.

Google agrees to sign BAA as means to HIPAA compliance

Andy Wolber, TechRepublic,  Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In September 2013, Google offered for the first time to sign a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA) available for Google Apps. That's good news for organizations unwilling to deploy Google Apps without such an agreement. It is also a smart competitive move, as it matches Microsoft, which offers to sign a BAA for Office365.

How to choose the right healthcare cloud services for HIPAA compliance

Reda Chouffani, SearchHealthIT,  Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Healthcare cloud services get a fair share of objections: Some consider it too insecure while others don't see tangible return on investment in migrating systems to the cloud. But we continue to see strong adoptions of cloud services and applications in the healthcare space. Healthcare companies deal with a great deal of regulatory compliance, but some are recognizing the potential the cloud has to offer.

Sept. 23 deadline looms for business compliance with HITECH Act on patient privacy

Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld,  Monday, August 26, 2013

Organizations handling healthcare data have a month to comply with new security and privacy requirements under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

HIPAA compliance in the cloud

Steve Pate, Ahead in the Clouds, Computerworld,  Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The original HIPAA HITECH guidelines apply to healthcare organizations, insurance companies and other primary handlers of protected health information (PHI). One of the most notable additions in the HIPAA Omnibus rule is that business associates of these primary handlers must now also be HIPAA compliant. All existing and new organizations must achieve compliance by September 23rd, 2013.