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Kinvey Launching HIPAA Compliant Mobile Backend as a Service on Google Cloud Platform


Kinvey Launching HIPAA Compliant Mobile Backend as a Service on Google Cloud PlatformmHealthWatch learned Monday that Kinvey, a leading enterprise mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS), is launching a HIPAA compliant mBaaS on Google Cloud Platform.

The service delivers what the company calls a “very affordable and timely solution” as the demand for mobile health solutions is dramatically increasing and the U.S. Federal Government is gearing up for the next phase of HIPAA compliance audits in the second quarter of 2016.

The Kinvey crew says that Healthcare’s demand for cloud-based mobile solutions is driven by three major factors:

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HIPAA: Helping or Hurting?


80 Percent of mHealth Apps Vulnerable to HIPAA Violations and MoreThe following is a guest contributed post from AirStrip President Dr. Matt Patterson.

Much has changed in the years since HIPAA was first passed into law, not the least of which is the use of mobile technology in healthcare. As a physician, patient, and healthcare technology business leader, I have experienced numerous frustrations and inefficiencies resulting from practices struggling to adhere to the letter of the HIPAA law rather than embracing its spirit.

While protection of privacy is obviously important, countless dollars have been wasted implementing and following misguided processes attempting to protect patients that likely led to suboptimal care and stifled innovation. As in all areas of modern life, regulation cannot keep pace with technology advances. Consumers deserve a refresh on HIPAA that offers more immediate and convenient control over how to share their health information, reflecting the broad role of technology without trying to script every possible scenario.

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Infographic: The Cost of Healthcare Security Breaches


Infographic The Cost of Healthcare Security BreachesAn alarming new infographic created by Privacy Analytics and shared by HIT Consultant showcases just how costly the growing epidemic of healthcare security breaches has become.

“While the news frequently reports the number of data breaches in the health care industry, few may realize that the estimated cost for HIPAA breaches since 2009 has reached over 31 billion dollars,” the report notes.
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New National Healthcare Operating Rules Get Green Light for Electronic HIPAA Transactions


New National Healthcare Operating Rules Get Green Light for Electronic HIPAA TransactionsThis morning, the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) today announced the approval of the Phase IV CAQH CORE Operating Rules package for four healthcare business transactions: healthcare claims; prior authorization; employee premium payment; and enrollment and disenrollment in a health plan.

In an effort to ensure that large amounts of data can be shared electronically across the healthcare system, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated national operating rules for the existing HIPAA administrative standards.

According to a provided statement, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected CAQH CORE as the “authoring entity to develop those operating rules, which specify the actions needed to ensure uniform, reliable electronic data transmission.”
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Vocera to Offer Free, Secure Text Messaging for Its U.S. Healthcare Customers


Vocera to Offer Free, Secure Text Messaging for Its U.S. Healthcare CustomersVocera wants to up the ante.

In a bid to be the provider of choice, the company has announced it will soon offer cloud-based secure texting at no cost to its 800-plus U.S. hospital customers.

“Vocera Secure Texting will connect seamlessly with Vocera Communication Systems installed in over 800 U.S. hospitals, enabling physicians to securely text care teams and improve care coordination, operational efficiencies, and patient experience,” said a company spokesman in a recent release.

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Practice Unite Launches First Secure, Real-Time Patient App for Communication with Physicians


Practice Unite Launches First Secure, Real-Time Patient App for Communication with PhysiciansTalk about an app whose time has come.

The first secure, HIPAA-compliant, real-time app has been created by Practice Unite.

“A secure, customizable, mobile application platform for healthcare organizations, the Practice Unite patient app … allows communication not only between clinicians but also directly between clinicians, care coordinator, home care aides, and their patients through the use of customized apps on their smartphone,” according to the company.

The Practice Unite platform and apps are designed to allow physicians, nurses, and authorized staff to connect and communicate with patients in real-time. It’s an asset for patients, who will be able to interact and receive faster responses from clinicians regarding medical questions, tests, or other important information.

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HIPAA Safeguards App and Wearables Developers Need to Know


HIPAA Safeguards App and Wearables Developers Need to KnowGot a great idea for the next best mHealth app or wearable technology?

Before you get too far, it’s a good idea to check your inspiration against HIPAA — the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act — the federal law that mandates how all patient data should be stored, handled, and used.

Changes in the legislation back in 2013 made it incumbent upon even manufacturers and their marketers to meet compliance standards. Privacy and security are a big part of the law here and are critical issues to investigate.

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