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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have launched new tools and initiatives to assist in elevating he opioid epidemic while also implementing the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255).

According to a study released by Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA), 83 percent of American physicians have experienced some form of a cybersecurity breach.

In a letter written to HHS Acting Secretary Eric D. Hagan, House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walde, R-Oregon, urged the agency to develop a sector-wide plan of action in deploying a “bill of materials” (BOM) for healthcare technology.

Privacy concerns are the main barrier in getting patients to share electronic medical records (EMRs) with healthcare providers, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Healthcare technology, while providing patients and professionals with advanced care solutions, has weaknesses in protecting patient information, according to the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 report conducted by ECRI Institute.

 

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mHealth apps do not provide adequate security when sending information

Mobile health (mHealth) applications are becoming an increasingly used avenue for patients and providers to send data, but many apps do not provide proper security when transmitting data, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

HHS Office for Civil Rights launches tools to combat the US opioid epidemic

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have launched new tools and initiatives to assist in elevating he opioid epidemic while also implementing the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-255).

83% of US physicians have experienced a cyberattack

According to a study released by Accenture and the American Medical Association (AMA), 83 percent of American physicians have experienced some form of a cybersecurity breach.

Privacy remains top barrier to patients sharing EMRs

Privacy concerns are the main barrier in getting patients to share electronic medical records (EMRs) with healthcare providers, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

House Committee urges HHS to improve security on medical devices

In a letter written to HHS Acting Secretary Eric D. Hagan, House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walde, R-Oregon, urged the agency to develop a sector-wide plan of action in deploying a “bill of materials” (BOM) for healthcare technology.

Ransomware tops list of 10 health technology hazards

Healthcare technology, while providing patients and professionals with advanced care solutions, has weaknesses in protecting patient information, according to the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 report conducted by ECRI Institute.

Healthcare interest in blockchain grows

Blockchain solutions have piqued interest of the healthcare industry, positioning the technology as a fix to interoperability, privacy and security issues. A report conducted by Black Book presented current and planned measures in the implementation of blockchain.

73% of physicians share EMR passwords

Maintaining a high level of security in electronic medical records (EMRs) requires physicians have unique user IDs and passwords, but, according to a study published in Health Informatics Research, 73.6 percent of physicians have received the password of another staff member.

Lock and key: Heart scan offers improved cybersecurity

Researchers from the University of Buffalo have developed a computer security system that uses the dimensions of users' heart as their log-in.

Photo, video sharing app complies with regulations to protect patient data

Researchers are developing platforms to securely and quickly send data to and from smartphones. A new mobile application developed to assist providers in meeting patient privacy regulation allows for the sharing and storing of patient-related photos, videos and audio.

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