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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

AHIMA issues meaningful use white papers for industry discussion The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has made available a series of short white papers analyzing the recently released notice of proposed rulemaking on meaningful use from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Dowling tapped for AHIMA CEO position The Board of Directors for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently announced Alan F. Dowling, PhD, will succeed Linda Kloss as CEO of the Chicago-based health information management (HIM) organization.
McKesson debuts patient record app McKesson has unveiled a new health information management tool, the Horizon Patient Folder Release of Information, at the 2009 American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) convention this week in Grapevine, Texas.
AHIMA opens global services office in Belgium The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has opened a global services office in Brussels, Belgium.
AHIMA CEO to step down Linda Kloss, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) for the past 15 years, has decided to retire from that role on March 31, 2010.
HL7 invites public opinion on personal health record model Health Level Seven (HL7), a healthcare IT standards development organization, has released a ballot to approve its Personal Health Record System Functional Model (PHR-S FM) as a draft standard for trial use.
Imaging techs part of the nationwide healthcare staff shortage Speaking during an AHIMA convention breakout session, a panel of presenters discussed methods for addressing the alarming shortage of HIT workers.
McKesson touts installs at AHIMA McKesson Corp. was one of the more than 240 exhibitors at the 2005 National Convention & Exhibition of the American Health Information Management Association, held in San Diego last week.