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Jan 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Managing Privacy Risks in Radiology Departments

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights released a settlement agreement with Lahey Medical Center in Burlington, Mass.  The hospital agreed to pay $850,000 to settle potential HIPAA violations.

The event that triggered the settlement started when a laptop was stolen from a radiology treatment room in the overnight hours of August 11, 2011.  The laptop was being used both to operate a CT scanner and to access stored digital images.  The laptop contained unencrypted information about approximately 599 patients, and its theft resulted in a breach of that patient information. 

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Topics: Healthcare Data, Patient Care, Cybersecurity

Oct 30, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Clinical Partners or Barbarians at the Gate? Managing PHI Access

Are you unknowingly giving out the keys to your information kingdom at your health care facility? There is a whole lot of risk that comes with network access and, frankly, many health care facilities could be doing a better job to aggressively protect Patient Health Information (PHI) and manage this important part of security. 

It came out recently that the huge Target breach was linked to network access by a heating/ventilation vendor. By logging in to a payment system this vendor provided an opening for a hacker to access an outside EDI interchange and retrieve stored credit card data. 

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Topics: PHI Security, Healthcare Data, Data Security

Sep 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Are CINs the Newest Cure?

Leaders in the hospital field are already pursuing integration to improve patient outcomes and reduce the ballooning cost of health care. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services' quality initiatives, and now the Affordable Care Act, demand a new health care model that brings hospitals and physicians together to coordinate the continuum of care for improved patient care. One emerging trend to enhance care coordination is clinically integrated networks, or CIN.

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Topics: Healthcare Data, CIN