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Privacy & Security


Healthcare technology, while providing patients and professionals with advanced care solutions, has weaknesses in protecting patient information, according to the Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 report conducted by ECRI Institute.

Blockchain solutions have piqued interest of the healthcare industry, positioning the technology as a fix to interoperability, privacy and security issues. A report conducted by Black Book presented current and planned measures in the implementation of blockchain.

Maintaining a high level of security in electronic medical records (EMRs) requires physicians have unique user IDs and passwords, but, according to a study published in Health Informatics Research, 73.6 percent of physicians have received the password of another staff member.

Researchers are developing platforms to securely and quickly send data to and from smartphones. A new mobile application developed to assist providers in meeting patient privacy regulation allows for the sharing and storing of patient-related photos, videos and audio.

The lack of cybersecurity in mobile applications meant to assist dementia patients and their caregivers could put patients' personal health information at risk, according to researchers at McLean Hospitals in Belmont, Massachusetts, and clinicians at Harvard Medical School. A study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry examined app security policies and provided recommendations.


Recent Headlines

Wearables and the risk to users' data privacy

Most people don’t realize the risks to privacy and security posed by wearable devices. A report by researchers at American University and the Center for Digital Democracy includes recommendations and explanations for the primary concerns associated with wearable technologies.

Antibiotics, infection and patients who share hospital beds

Researchers have found that infections from Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis, can pass from patient to patient after sharing the same hospital bed.

St. Joseph Health pays $2.14 million for patient information breach

St. Joseph Health (SJH) will be paying a $2.14 million settlement for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.

Need answers? HHS covers 11 questions on HIPAA, cloud computing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a guide on HIPAA and cloud computing in an effort to improve the security of patient information.

Surgeon General investigating potential breach affecting healthcare workers

The personal information of 6,700 physicians and nurses overseen by the U.S. Surgeon General may have been compromised. 

Q&A: Mark Hollis, CEO of MacPractice, on battling hackers with patient data security systems

MacPractice, a developer of practice management and clinical software, has released a specialized system of encryption for Mac OS X to keep patient data secure. In an exclusive interview with Clinical Innovation & Technology, Mark Hollis, CEO of MacPractice, speaks about MacPractice and the constant hacking threat faced by the healthcare industry.

FDA annual clinical investigator course promotes safety, accuracy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) has announced the seventh annual Clinical Investigator Training Course, in partnership with the University of Maryland's Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation, will be held Nov. 7-9 for healthcare professionals around the world.

HHS introduces final rule to increase access to clinical trials

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a final rule to make information about clinical trials more available to the public. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also announced a complementary policy for the registration and submission of results to for all NIH-funded trials.

FBI urges ransomware victims to report all infections

The FBI has released a statement urging companies across all industries, healthcare included, to report ransomware attacks to federal law enforcement, helping them get a step up in evaluating just how dire the situation is.

CommonWell Health Alliance launches database for patients to access personal health data

More CommonWell Health Alliance patients will have access to their health data as the association extends its current service that will simplify the patient experience.