While the most recent incarnation of the HIPAA likely will provide plenty of privacy headaches both for providers and vendors in the industry, support for HIPAA seems to be growing in the cloud vendor community.
Who would think that when your hospital's database administration team decides to volunteer as a group at a local event, such a gesture could put the facility at risk? That's just one of the lessons for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, CIO John Halamka (pictured), a FierceHealthIT Editorial Advisory Board member, said in a recent post to his Life as a Healthcare CIO blog.
In the wake of two explosions that rocked downtown Boston at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, technology and social media played a critical role in the coordination of care efforts.
The re-election of President Obama to the White House almost assuredly means the continuation of healthcare IT efforts currently underway such as the Meaningful Use incentive program. But those efforts still could face increased oversight and scrutiny, healthcare leaders said in exclusive interviews with FierceHealthIT .
Just as Hurricane Irene left many hospital IT departments scrambling in the wake of power outages in August 2011, Hurricane Sandy likely will have a similar impact on hospitals up and down the East Coast. FierceHealthIT asked several members of its new Fierce Editorial Avisory Board about how they prepare for natural disasters.
After much buildup, Massachusetts officially launched its statewide health information exchange this morning. At a kickoff event, known as the "Golden Spike," at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) sent his own health record between Mass General and Springfield, Mass.-based Baystate Medical Center.
Last week, four members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius calling for a freeze on Meaningful Use incentives to providers . In...
In a recent post to his Life as a Healthcare CIO blog, John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Memorial Center, offered his insight into mobile device use at Harvard Medical School. The biggest takeaway: Get ready for more native mobile apps.
Reaction from healthcare providers and associations alike has been pouring in following the publication of the final rule for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While hospital executives haven't had even 24 hours to digest the massive, 672-page document, initial responses, thus far, have been mostly positive.
It's really just a coincidence that we've had a cluster of data breaches in the past couple of weeks, but it is a hint at a new kind of data security that's posing a problem: protecting ...