Tag Archives: DHHS

CMS and ONC Propose New Rules for Interoperability

Rules for Interoperability and Patient Access to Electronic Health Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed new rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information (EHI). The rules were issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The intention of […]

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Understand HIPAA violations to prevent them from happening to you

Prevent HIPAA Violations

By now most people are familiar with the term HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). It has been around since 1996, and even more enforced since 2001 with the onset of the Privacy Rule. It has become a critical factor in protecting patients’ health information.   There are thousands of breaches filed every year, […]

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Ebola on our minds

Because we are involved in the Public Health sector (and interested), it is hard not to follow the Ebola epidemic. Every news station aired has one story or another about new cases and reactions of the communities; the thousands affected in West Africa, and at least 17 travelers from other countries, including the United States. […]

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