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HHS Proposes New Regulation Requiring Default Encryption on Mobile Devices Used in Healthcare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published a new proposed rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use that would stipulate that mobile devices that retain patient data after a clinical encounter — such as laptops, smartphones and tablets — have default encryption enabled.

Many of the recent high-profile data breaches involving sensitive health information had to do with lost or stolen mobile devices, which has brought device security and proper encryption into the spotlight.  “We agree that this is an area of security that appears to need specific focus,” the NPRM for Stage 2 Meaningful Use states.  “Recent HHS analysis of reported breaches indicates that almost 40% of large breaches involve lost or stolen devices.  Had these devices been encrypted, their data would have been secured.”

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ONC Debuts New Privacy & Security Initiative to Establish Mobile Healthcare Data Best Practices

A new initiative developed by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, working with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights was launched recently to better understand the privacy and security implications of processing healthcare data via mobile devices.

The goal of the new initiative is to develop “an effective and practical way to bring awareness and understanding to those in the clinical sector to help them better secure and protect health information while using mobile devices.”

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Axial Exchange Wins DHHS’s $25K “Health 2.0” Challenge With its Care Transition Suite

It’s been announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that Axial Exchange has won it’s $25K “Health 2.0” challenge with its innovative Care Transition Suite designed to ensure a “safe transition from hospital to home.”

The contest sponsored by the DHHS called on developers to devise an intuitive application that dealt with the issues and complications often associated with moving a patient into and out of a hospital safely and efficiently.  The challenge brought about 40+ submissions total.

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Obama Administration Takes New Steps to Encourage Doctors & Hospitals to use Health IT

It was announced recently that the Obama Administration has taken new steps to encourage doctors and healthcare organizations to adopt and start leveraging new healthcare IT.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the government is now making it even easier for doctors and other health professionals to adopt health IT and receive incentive payments that were previously made available under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

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A Case For EHR: HHS Reports Nearly 7.9M Health Records Exposed in Data Breaches

A new report out by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proves the need for better organization, regulation and security around sensitive patient health records, a problem digital and mobile technology can help solve.

Since early 2009, there have been more than 30,000 data breaches, affecting nearly 7.9 million people who have had their health records exposed, according to the report.   Thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, HIPAA-compliant organizations must provide notification to individuals, the Secretary, and sometimes even the media (if more than 500 individuals were affected), of breaches in unsecured health information.

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