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2015 Meaningful Use Final Rule Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released final rules for 2015 Meaningful Use that simplify requirements and add new liabilities for providers. For the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 through 2017, major provisions […]

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Patch Released for “Smart Car” Security Flaw – Considerations for Medical Devices

A patch has been released for the security flaw recently identified in certain computerized vehicles, which potentially allows outside attackers to control critical functions of the car. Workers in the healthcare field should be familiar with similar scenarios for medical devices, which also may endanger customers’ lives. […]

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Professional Football Player’s Medical Records Released Without Authorization

In recent weeks the most widely covered Health Information Technology (HIT) case involved an offseason injury to an athlete, where a news source publicly released Protected Health Information (PHI). Healthcare practices and employees are required to keep medical information confidential, unless there is a formal request to […]

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Vote for EHR 2.0 submission for creating online privacy practice notice

EHR 2.0’s team is participating in ONC challenge to create online notice of privacy practice entry.  Our online application requires only few minutes of customization by Covered Entities to create notice of privacy practices that they could provide to their patients via mobile, web or other end-user […]

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HIPAA Security Vulnerability

What is the Heartbleed bug? The Heartbleed bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. OpenSSL is an implementation of the SSL/TLS encryption protocol used to protect the privacy of Internet communications between two parties.  Many websites and applications like email, Instant messaging […]

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Microsoft ending support of Windows XP operating system

 If your healthcare practice runs any computers with Windows XP, you will face  considerably increased risk of data breaches and HIPAA violations in less than 24  hours.  Beginning April 8th, 2014 @ 11:59pm EST, Microsoft will no longer provide  security patches / updates for Windows XP, which is expected to magnify the […]

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HIPAA compliance toolkit by HHS for Healthcare providers

A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available from HHS. The SRA tool is the result of a collaborative effort by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator […]

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Crafting a Social Media Policy: Who needs to be at the table?

The healthcare industry has been slow to embrace social media. Only 23% of registered hospitals are active on a social platform in 2013*. This number is expected to double in 2014. Yet almost 69% of hospitals do not have a social media policy. There are many good […]

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CMS has extended meaningful use attestation deadline to March 31, 2014

Due to the extraordinary interest from healthcare providers participating in the Medicare electronic health records incentive program, CMS has recently extended the attestation deadline to March 31, 2014. The previous deadline for eligible professionals to submit meaningful use data was February 28, 2014, in order to qualify for […]

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10 Myths and Facts about HIPAA and Meaningful Security Risk Analysis

Conducting  a security risk analysis to meet the standards of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule is included in the meaningful use requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The following areas addresses some of the common myths about conducting […]

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