From Report on Patient Privacy - Another industry survey on the state of health care’s ability to protect its data has reached an overall conclusion that is similar to the other surveys that have been released over the last several months — health care IT is behind other industries, and “the results clearly point to systemic failures...when it comes to protecting sensitive data.” The new survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Vormetric, which describes itself as “the industry leader in data security solutions that protect data-at-rest across physical, big data and cloud environments.” Read more
From Report on Patient Privacy - As soon as Americans get Social Security cards, they’re told to guard them with their lives, as lost or stolen Social Security numbers (SSNs) raise the stakes for financial fraud and identity theft. So why, patients started asking Baptist Healthcare, was the South Florida system regularly asking for their SSNs? Why indeed, wondered Baptist officials. In the hands of criminals, SSNs really are the Holy Grail of protected health information (PHI) and… Read more
From Report on Medicare Compliance - Lynn Myers, medical director of Texas Health Physicians Group, doesn’t like the term “disruptive physicians” because it can describe either innovators or behavioral hurricanes. Read more
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