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Privacy & Security


The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced John Riggi, who spent 30 years working for the FBI, as senior adviser for cybersecurity and risk.

Siemens and eight partners to sign a joint charter to improve cybersecurity, identifying 10 action areas where governments and business could engage in the growth of security.

Medical devices, including cardioverter defibrillators and pacemakers, could be at risk to hacking and potential cause life-threatening events, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Out of all types of healthcare providers, hospitals accounted for one-third of all data breaches and affected the largest number of individuals compared to doctors, nurses and social workers, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care.

A receiver for Filefax has agreed to pay $100,000 from its liquidated estate to the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) after being found in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.


Recent Headlines

Univ. of Iowa Hospital discloses potential data breach The University of Iowa Hospitals has disclosed a potential data breach involving the EMRs of several University of Iowa football players.
AHIMA raises concern over HHS privacy rules In response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights' notice of proposed rulemaking on modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Enforcement rules under the HITECH Act, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) raised concerns about the sale of patient health information when an organization is being absorbed by a second organization.
Alleviating ICD-10 concerns, what you need to know
As the date to make the switch from ICD-9-CM codes to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS looms over facilities, a webinar featured by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Tuesday aimed to ease the burden by communicating how to make the transition go smoothly and ease some of the concerns.
HHS publicly posts list of data breach notifications

A list of the covered entities that have reported health information data breaches impacting more than 500 people now has been posted by the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on its Web site.

AHIMA issues meaningful use white papers for industry discussion The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has made available a series of short white papers analyzing the recently released notice of proposed rulemaking on meaningful use from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Dowling tapped for AHIMA CEO position The Board of Directors for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently announced Alan F. Dowling, PhD, will succeed Linda Kloss as CEO of the Chicago-based health information management (HIM) organization.
McKesson debuts patient record app McKesson has unveiled a new health information management tool, the Horizon Patient Folder Release of Information, at the 2009 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) convention this week in Grapevine, Texas.
AHIMA opens global services office in Belgium The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has opened a global services office in Brussels, Belgium.
AHIMA CEO to step down Linda Kloss, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for the past 15 years, has decided to retire from that role on March 31, 2010.
HL7 invites public opinion on personal health record model Health Level Seven (HL7), a healthcare IT standards development organization, has released a ballot to approve its Personal Health Record System Functional Model (PHR-S FM) as a draft standard for trial use.