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How to Develop HIPAA Security Awareness and Training for Healthcare Staff?

The purpose of the HIPAA security awareness and training program is to educate all workforce members including management on security policies and procedures of Protected Health Information (PHI). This updated training needs to be provided to all new employees and repeated annually for all employees. There are several […]

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Have you updated your disaster recovery and business continuity plan?

U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey has just released the 2014 update of the United States National Seismic Hazard Maps. The national seismic hazard maps for the conterminous United States have been updated to account for new methods, models, and data that have been […]

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Personal health data: 5 key lessons for better health

Like many, we followed Apple’s recent announcement about its Health app and HealthKit development platform with interest. In many ways, it echoed a vision — of an ecosystem where personal health data formed a platform upon which many could develop apps that help people live healthy lives — that we have supported for many years […]

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Personal health data: 5 key lessons for better health

Like many, we followed Apple’s recent announcement about its Health app and HealthKit development platform with interest. In many ways, it echoed a vision — of an ecosystem where personal health data formed a platform upon which many could develop apps that help people live healthy lives — that we have supported for many years […]

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Are we relying too much on gadgetry to improve ourselves?

Apple announced the company is working on a new app, called Health, that allows a user to store in one place all aspects of their health data, from heart rate to blood sugar levels, cholesterol measures and calories burned. The Health app, Apple says, will enable an exercise app to determine the number of calories you […]

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A wish list for Apple’s HealthKit

Apple has been making headlines again, which is not unusual for a company that sets trends and moves markets. Recently, they announced that iOS 8 would have a built-in app to collect all of your health info in one place. Then there was the announcement of the partnership with Mayo Clinic and Epic Systems. This generated […]

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The VA waitlist debacle: Don’t blame the VistA EHR system

Without a doubt, the death of American veterans as a result of the VA waitlist debacle is tragic and unacceptable. The Obama administration must move quickly and deliberately to fix the underlying problems and restore faith in the agency. If these issues were common throughout the VA network of hospitals and clinics, it might make […]

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Google Glass is the tip of the iceberg for wearable technologies

As an early Google Glass explorer, I see many ways this and other wearable technologies will soon enhance patient care. Google Glass is “smart” eyewear that offers features similar to a “smart” phone: It can take photographs, video, make phone calls, display Internet-based information. The data is transposed onto the glass lens in the wearer’s […]

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$800,000 HIPAA Settlement in Medical Records Dumping Case

Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  Parkview will pay $800,000 and adopt a corrective action plan […]

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Technology and the doctor-patient relationship

I often hear people talking about their doctors.  I overhear it restaurants, nail salons, while walking down the street. I hear what people think of their doctors, what their doctors said or what they didn’t say, why people were disappointed by or validated by their doctors.  I hear people analyzing, criticizing, and surmising about this […]

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