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  • A New Perspective on Privacy and Security as Foundational Components of Information Governance (IG)

    [The following blog post was written by Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, Sr. VP of HIM and Privacy Officer, HealthPort]  Healthcare must move beyond compliance to a greater model of IG. For the past three years, the Privacy Point column has focused primarily on privacy and security- issues, challenges, priorities along with ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 16, 2015
  • Data Security Dilemma

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Jeff Margolis, chair and CEO, Welltok] Data, data, everywhere...the practical dilemma is that even as the increasing threat of data security challenges is hitting the front page, healthcare industry leaders and pundits are in nearly universal agreement that far more - not less - consumer ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on March 3, 2015
  • Global Healthcare Megatrends: Clinical Challenges

    [Editor's note: the following blog post was written by Toby Samo, M.D., chief medical officer, Allscripts. This is the first installment in our 5-part series focusing on Global Healthcare Megatrends]  There are more than 7 billion people on the planet today. Our growing global population has triggered some of the biggest healthcare ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on September 3, 2014
  • Patient Confidentiality and Social Media

    Editor's note: This article was posted with permission from its author, Christine Gondos, Igloo Software. She can be reached at The fastpaced healthcare industry is continuously evolving -- whether it be newly released studies, new best practices or new techniques, the healthcare community thrives off of ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on April 26, 2013
  • HIE Options: The Battle Between Public and Private Continues

    As Meaningful Use criteria push towards required interoperability and changing reimbursement methods necessitate more coordinated care, HIEs are looking more and more appealing to hHealthcare providers. The HIE market practically exploded last year, growing more than 40%, according to a Chilmark Research report. ''As federal incentives drive the ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on August 15, 2012
  • Pharma: To Tweet, Or Not to Tweet?

    Editor's note: This blog was written by Chelsea Foster, a copywriter at DKI. Twitter has openly embraced the unimportant. It is the foundation upon which it was built in the first place. We all have that innate desire to inform the online eyes and ears of our friends, families, and perfect strangers, about the most painstakingly trivial personal ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on August 14, 2012
  • The Trouble with Metadata and Health Privacy

    Advances in technology over the past decade have raised serious concerns for patient privacy, an issue that sparked an intense panel discussion at the Second International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy, held last week in Washington, DC. Panelists debated current legislation’s ability to properly protect patients in the age of smart ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on June 13, 2012
  • HHS to Empower Patients to Increase Secure Access to Health Information

    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday proposed new rules that would expand the rights of patients to access their health information through the use of health information technology (IT). Specifically, the new rules would empower patients and allow them to gain access to test results reports directly from labs. They ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on September 13, 2011
  • Reducing Health Care Fraud through Analytic Insight

    Smarter systems can help weed out fraud and put the focus on providing preventative care. Guest commentary from Brad Allen, lead architect for IBM Entity Analytics Personnel at a hospital in Miami called an Illinois woman repeatedly, demanding she pay a $2,000 bill for giving birth. She told the callers she'd never been to that hospital - and ...
    Posted to The Politics of Health Care (Weblog) on June 1, 2010