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Where to Begin with Cyber Defense

Author: Lewis, Sharon; McDonald, Kevin B

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2015



As data is made more readily available through a growing number of public and private channels, understanding the risks is critical. Patients expect organizations to take the steps required to protect their sensitive and personal information as it is being produced, processed, shared, and....

Value of Digital Signatures

Author: Barnett, David H.

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: March 02, 2002


This is the first article in a two-part series. Look for part two in the April issue of In Confidence.
As we move into the area of electronic health records, one problem is replacing written signatures with their electronic equivalent. Typing my name at the bottom of this document could....

Untangling Privacy

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2009


Health IT won’t advance far without resolving the complex issue of privacy protections. Can a complicated situation be teased apart thread by thread?

The debate on privacy has become very public.

Privacy advocates, health IT advocates, providers, HIM professionals, fe....

The Privacy and Security of Non-Traditional Occupational Health Services

Author: Dunn, Rose T; Odia, Godwin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013

The AHIMA Practice Brief The Privacy and Security of Occupational Health Records focuses on the privacy and security related responsibilities of a healthcare provider that offers occupational health services for other employers in its community. This article supplements that practice brief and focuses on those entities that are not healthcare providers, in the traditional sense of the term.

The Healthcare Wall of Shame

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2013


While stolen laptops and hacking of healthcare computer networks have dominated the headlines, healthcare privacy and security experts warn that covered entities are ignoring the risks posed by unsecured paper records.


In response to new additions to the Office for Civil Rights'....

Statistically, What’s the Chance of a Breach?

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



According to the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), from January 2016 to November 2016 approximately 169,013,996 people were affected by 1,737 healthcare breaches. The Ponemon Institute estimates that data breaches could cost the healthcare industry as m....

Standards for Safety, Security, and Interoperability of Medical Devices in an Integrated Health Information Environment

Author: Williams, Patricia A.H

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2017



Information sharing between healthcare organizations increasingly includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) as well as data from medical devices that have been integrated into existing networks. When exchanging such data, providers should be mindful not only of the interoperabil....

Smart Cards May Make Security a Non-Issue

Author: Deike, Karen

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2000


Smart cards have long held enormous potential for governments in managing healthcare information and delivering benefits to clients with more efficiency, less fraud, and greater customer satisfaction. But critical to gaining acceptance of the cards is the ability to assure clients that the in....

Smart Cards for Healthcare: a Follow-up Visit

Author: Ross, Bruce

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: March 02, 2000


Smart cards are a peculiar subject when it comes to healthcare in the United States. They are viewed as everything from an up-andcoming product to an inscrutable and hard to integrate backwater technology. Today, all that is rapidly changing. As shown by its adoption by Microsoft, Sun Micro,....

Shifting from Reactive to Proactive HIPAA Audits

Author: Brinda, Danika

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2016



Stories about workforce members inappropriately accessing health information continue to plague the Department of Health and Human Services’ Data Breach Portal—which lists US provider data breaches that affect more than 500 individuals. Recently two data breaches reported on th....

Security @ the Edge

Author: Boroditsky, Marc

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: November 02, 2000


With the pending impact of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and the high hopes for fully automated e-medical informatics, healthcare information professionals must gain an appreciation for the edge of their networks. More than ever before, the edge....

Security and HIPAA: Protecting Your Operations

Author: Ruano, Michael

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: August 02, 2003


Part six in a 10-part series.
This article is the sixth of a 10-part series that introduces the domains of information security and relates them to federal HIPAA regulations. The information security domain of operations security includes the topics of controls, protections, monitoring,....

Securing Your IT Environment from the Inside Out

Author: Bakman, Alex

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: September 02, 2001


IT security has been gaining in importance throughout the history of digital data, and industries are gradually regulating themselves or facing governmental compliance standards. The healthcare industry possesses some of the most critical data and network technology in that lives and patient....

Securing Portable Devices

Author: Dinh, Angela K.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2009


Reports of data breaches involving portable devices last year ran the gamut from oversight to theft: a college of medicine professor gave away a personal computer containing protected health information, including photos of his patients, to friends; a flash drive containing Social Security num....

Renewing HIM's Commitment to Privacy and Security

Author: Kloss, Linda L

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2007


If the thousands of pages of analysis from the RTI reports on privacy and security practices could be boiled down to just one phrase it would be “we’ve only just begun.” As reported in articles throughout this issue, the RTI research confirms that privacy and security regulat....

Privacy Holes in the 'Hidden Healthcare System': Students' PHI-laden Education Records that are Stored and Shared Electronically Don’t Have the Same Safeguards as most EHRs

Author: DuBravec, Daniel A; Daigle, Matt

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2015



With student safety and privacy an increasing parental concern, school administrators nationwide are sitting on a powder keg of potential backlash because of a gray area of student privacy protections that Julia Lear, senior advisor for the Center of Health and Health Care in Schools at G....

Privacy and Security Audits of Electronic Health Information (2014 update)

Author: Walsh, Tom; Miaoulis, William M

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2014

In a perfect world, access controls alone would ensure the privacy and security of electronic protected health information (ePHI). However, the complexities of today’s healthcare environment make it extremely challenging to limit access to the minimum information necessary that members of the workforce require in order to perform their jobs.

Power of PKI in Healthcare

Author: Lovorn, Jan

Source: In Confidence (newsletter)

Publication Date: April 02, 2002


Increasingly, segregated healthcare players have adopted labor-saving technology to become or stay competitive in the healthcare marketplace. However, the real efficiencies will be found in a universal effort to integrate these independent delivery systems across an organization or communities....

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