Doctor devises new database methodology to thwart hackers and end big data breaches

Longtime healthcare and technology veteran William Yasnoff, MD, has created a personal grid tactic for tuning relational databases to make it harder for hackers to steal large sets of medical records.And Yasnoff, a managing partner at NHII Advisors, said that hospital CIOs and CISOs or technology vendors can use the personal grid approach for free.[…]

Compared To Other Businesses, Healthcare Providers Afflicted By A Lack Of Listing Accuracy 

An outdated or even non-existent listing can result in a loss of business or a dissatisfied customer. But as competition for online discovery intensifies among healthcare providers and facilities, weak location data is not only debilitating to their business, but it can also mean that patients don’t receive the best care possible.Last month, location data[…]

AMIA Challenges FDA over EHR Data Quality Claims

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is raising concerns over EHR data quality in current systems in comments on draft guidance issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of EHR data for clinical investigations.“As a picture of the future state, this guidance provides an important window into how interoperable EHRs and electronic[…]

Active market for healthcare records looms as newest cyber threat 

Offers to sell patient records with protected health information on the “Dark Web” market represent a new level of threat for healthcare organizations trying to protect health information, offering further monetary inducement to hackers trying to access records.The addition of a new potential for profiting from hacking could increase the “demand” side of the equation[…]

HHS Office for Civil Rights releases ransomware guidance 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has released its guidance to help healthcare organizations handle ransomware attacks, including prevention methods, a detailed description of ransomware and advice on how to respond to a ransomware threat.One important highlight is the reiteration that both malware and ransomware constitute a security incident[…]

5 Ways Providers Can Prevent Patient Data Breaches

2015 was unsurprisingly the year with the highest-profile healthcare data breaches to-date. With more and more patient information being transferred and stored digitally it’s a trend likely to continue for many years to come. Clinics, doctors offices, insurers and hospitals, however, are equally increasing their measures in fighting back.Similar to money and jewels, no data[…]

ONC API task force recommendations narrowly approved; provider blocking an issue 

The Office of the National Coordinator’s Health IT Policy and Standards Committees on Tuesday approved recommendations from the agency’s application programming interface (API) task force, but narrowly and only after much debate.In a report presented at a joint meeting of the committees, the task force generally supported APIs, noting that there were no “show-stopping” barriers to using APIs[…]

CMS planning to invest $5 billion to modernize Medicaid IS 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is preparing to pay $5 billion to modernize the information technology that support the Medicaid management information systems of most states.CMS, which funds 90 percent of MMIS systems now in use, is funding development of new systems to replace current legacy systems that are typically decades old and[…]

VA edges closer to rollout of new health record platform 

The Department of Veterans Affairs is edging closer to full deployment of a web-based modular electronic health record platform that promises to build on improvements in interoperability within VA and between VA and the Defense Department. Officials hope to have the Enterprise Health Management Platform up and running by the end of this summer. EHMP[…]

Texas CISO points to HITRUST and NSA guidance to boost cybersecurity 

“Every CIO and CISO should consider focusing on critical controls and using a programmatic approach to achieve effective security,” says Sanjeev Sah.There are day-to-day blocking and tackling tactics that every healthcare organization should be doing right now to reasonably address the current security threat landscape.And there is guidance in the industry that can help organizations[…]