Radiological data, real time

Suzette Lohmeyer, GCN,  Thursday, July 28, 2016

RadResponder is a cloud-based radiation data collection system that gives first responders standardized services for managing, organizing, analyzing and mapping radiation data. The data is hosted in a Microsoft Azure Government Cloud environment that automatically scales to support a surge of users and data during a disaster.

Healthcare data continues to be what hackers target

Ponemon Institute / ID Experts,  Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Sixth Annual Benchmark Study on Privacy and Security of Healthcare Data by the Ponemon Institute, finds that criminal attacks are the leading cause of half of all data breaches in healthcare. Employee mistakes, third-party snafus, and stolen computer devices—are the root cause of the other half of data breaches. The study also found that while most healthcare organizations believe they are vulnerable to a data breach, they are unprepared to address new threats and lack the resources to protect patient data.

US healthcare — the cloud computing sequel, part 1

Narinder Singh, Diginomica,  Wednesday, May 11, 2016

US healthcare lags far behind in the adoption of cloud computing. Is the industry with its regulations and mission critical nature too complicated for cloud solutions? Is it just a matter of time? How will the future unfold and what are its implications today? Juxtaposing the ongoing history of cloud with a deeper dive into the healthcare industry can help us unlock story of the healthcare sequel of cloud computing.

IBM’s new cloud-based quantum computer targets healthcare, government, finance – and everyone

Bernie Monegain, Healthcare IT News,  Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IBM is making quantum computing available to the public, providing access to a platform from any desktop or mobile device via the IBM Cloud. It has implications for healthcare, where another supercomputer, IBMWatson, is already at work helping researchers and clinicians eradicate cancer, making sure the world’s population gets better sleep and sorting big data to boost genomics work and precision medicine.

How The Cloud Is Revolutionizing Healthcare

Lyndsey Gilpin, Forbes,  Tuesday, December 1, 2015

According to a 2014 study by Health Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) Analytics division, 83% of IT healthcare executives reported they were using cloud services. Earlier this year, MarketsandMarkets reported that cloud services in the healthcare industry would grow from $3.73 billion in 2015 to almost $9.5 billion by 2020. Time is valuable for everyone, but especially doctors. They need fast access to accurate, updated information so they can assess and treat patients more efficiently. Accessing the cloud would allow them to tap a database of information from professionals all over the world to monitor trends in disease.

Industry Uses De-Identification To Protect Health Data, but Privacy Risks Remain

Nicole Lewis, iHealthBeat,  Thursday, November 12, 2015

As health care organizations increasingly share patient data with public health entities and use patients' information for big data analytics and precision medicine initiatives, the consensus is that de-identification will become a more important tool for health care researchers and academics to minimize privacy risk.

Should Body-Worn Cameras Be Deployed at Hospitals?

Robin Hattersley Gray, Campus Safety Magazine,  Saturday, October 3, 2015

It seems like practically every U.S. police department is buying or considering the adoption of body-worn cameras, but are they appropriate for hospitals? If so, how should they be deployed? HIPAA compliance is just one of several challenges associated with this type of technology. Training and policies are some others.

Cloud Computing and Research Data

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Review the Business Associate’s Agreement (BAA) because there is vendor variation among them. Not all BAAs are alike. Some fully meet legal requirements to protect the institution, and others not so much. It is critical to test the veracity of the statements and commitments made in BAAs with third-party audits, for example a successful ISO audit w/27018 controls as a decent proxy for HIPAA privacy and security rule requirements. Careful attention to the quality of these documents will lower institutional risk and raise the bar among vendors. These efforts will continue an on-going process of harmonizing standards in cloud computing contracts. Make sure your legal counsel has seen the BAA, been in contact with the leading attorneys who set the bar for appropriate or consult NACUA or ACE documents designed for this purpose.

Why HIPAA Matters: Medical ID Theft and the Human Cost of Health Privacy+Security Incidents

By Daniel Solove, LinkedIn,  Wednesday, September 2, 2015

For so many healthcare providers, HIPAA is a source of great aggravation. It's difficult. It's boring. It seems to consist of a lot of inconvenient and costly requirements. I believe that these attitudes about HIPAA are due to a failure to educate healthcare professionals about the reasons why HIPAA matters. HIPAA is not about doing all sorts of needless things for their own sake. It is about protecting patients.

Using Student Medical Records: Department of Education Issues New Guidance

Paul Lannon, Holland & Knight,  Wednesday, September 2, 2015

When is it legal and proper for higher education institutions to use student medical records other than for a student's healthcare? In answering that question, institutions have to balance students' privacy interests, including federal rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), against legitimate institutional needs. Finding the right balance is not always easy, as highlighted by recent well-publicized cases. Too much access may facilitate misuse or discourage students from seeking campus-based medical services, while too little access may deprive an institution of information important to satisfying a legal obligation or responding effectively to a health or safety emergency.