What We Learned at HIMSS12
March 16, 2012, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director
A few weeks ago, more than 35,000 healthcare IT professionals and 1,100 exhibitors converged on Las Vegas. Some were there to go shopping for “HIT” or health information technology; others were there to sell it. The IT professionals from across the healthcare spectrum were there to meet with each other and regulators, and stay abreast of the rapid technological changes in the healthcare industry. This was an overwhelming event; a flood of information. It’s been a couple of weeks. Here’s a few of the HIMSS12 highlights:
The Budding Healthcare IT Spring
February 23, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist
HIMSS12 is in full production in Las Vegas this week. Over 40,000 healthcare IT professionals and service providers have descended upon a conference that will set the direction for a new wave to technology innovations for the healthcare industry. Almost every booth has a sign that extolls the benefits of cloud-based services delivered through mobile devices. The promise to shake the industry to its core is a common theme.
Is your HIPAA Security and HITECH audit program in order?
February 20, 2012, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director
Healthcare organizations have been working towards HIPAA and HITECH compliance for a few years now. “Surprise” HIPAA compliance audits conducted by the OCR have begun and at Coalfire we’ve come across some gaps that have led organizations to fall short of their compliance initiatives.
They Changed What? HIPAA & HITECH
May 24, 2011, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director
In 1996, the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) opened the door to increased exchanges of healthcare information in an effort to improve care and reduce costs. The Act included new provisions for protected health information (PHI). Since there are only a few limited reviews and enforcement efforts, the effectiveness of the implementations have remained open.