Medable promises an easy way to make health apps comply with health data laws

Mark Sullivan, VB News,  Monday, July 14, 2014

Many health-related apps and devices will be hitting the market in the next year or two. And the data that these apps and devices collect could help your doctor provide a more holistic picture of your health. But, as I wrote a few weeks ago, when that health data crosses the line from consumer health cloud into the healthcare delivery system, HIPAA privacy rules will come into play.

Big Data, My Data

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, iHealth Beat,  Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Is this abundance of data a treasure trove for improving patient care and growing knowledge about effective treatments? Is that data trove a Pandora's black box that can be mined by obscure third parties to benefit for-profit companies without rewarding those whose data are said to be the new currency of the economy? That is, patients themselves?

Exclusive: Google Wants To Collect Your Health Data With 'Google Fit'

Parmy Olson, forbes,  Thursday, June 12, 2014

Such a service would mark a direct challenge to Apple HealthKit framework, launched last week and rolling out with its new mobile platform iOS 8 this fall to aggregate data from wearable devices and apps. Last month Samsung also unveiled Sami, a biometric data platform that collects health information from devices and apps too.

ONC interoperability roadmap cites privacy, security needs

Patrick Ouellette, HealthIT Security,  Monday, June 09, 2014

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently revealed some of its core plans for healthcare IT interoperability in a new report, “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Ten Year Vision to Achieve Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.”

Mitigating common healthcare cloud IT security issues

Sai Ramanan, HealthIT Security,  Friday, June 06, 2014

Cyber security threats in the healthcare industry are continually on the rise and the value of an identity data set is about $50 per patient record. So what can healthcare providers do to avoid these attacks?

HIPAA shake: Health care

Alan Earls, SC Magazine,  Monday, June 02, 2014

Adherence to HIPAA, the national law that aims to protect patient information, is about to get trickier, reports Alan Earls.

Insider access to patient data top worry

Bernie Monegain, HealthcareIT News,  Friday, May 30, 2014

Identity management and unauthorized data access by employees present the biggest threat to security and privacy of patient data, according to healthcare providers across the country.

Big Data Remains Untapped Resource for Healthcare

Greg Slabodkin, Health Data Management,  Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The enormous amount of DNA sequencing, biomedical imaging, electronic health records and other data generated by researchers and clinicians holds great promise for healthcare. However, gaining access to this mountain of data and making sense of it remains an elusive goal.

HHS, CMS issue new health exchange patient data privacy rules

Patrick Ouellette, HealthIT Security,  Wednesday, May 21, 2014

As part of President Barack Obama’s new final rule that will regulate Affordable Care Act (ACA) standards for patient protection, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be looking to hand out civil money penalties when data privacy and security issues arise out of the health insurance exchanges.

For secretive companies, your health data means big money

WRAL.com,  Monday, May 19, 2014

For the last few months, Kaori Isaacson has been shopping as she normally does at stores like Harris Teeter, CVS and Rite Aid, scanning her loyalty cards for sale prices in the process. Just a few weeks ago, she announced to family and friends that she was pregnant. But thanks to those loyalty cards and other efforts to track data on consumers like her, strangers could have found out she was expecting long before even her closest relatives.