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In the 1990s, many Americans interacted with the Internet through America Online. While this platform was revolutionary, providing users with e-mail services and access to content, it was also a closed network. Their users were restricted from accessing applications, content, and services available outside of AOL’s approved content providers. In the healthcare landscape, we still have a similar dynamic today. Both national networks and local or regional health information exchanges provide valu...
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How Blockchain Can Enhance Healthcare Cybersecurity

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How Blockchain Can Enhance Healthcare Cybersecurity
When patients come to you for treatment or medical care, they expect that you will keep their information secure and protected. With an ever-changing cybersecurity environment, you always need to be on the lookout for new tools, like blockchain, that can help keep patients’ data secure at your organization. The important question is: Is blockchain capable of providing the security needed to protect patient health information?
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Health IT, HIPAA Privacy and Security, Cybersecurity | Tags: HHS, ONC, NIST, CDC, MIT Media Lab, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, Cyberattacks, Blockchain, Health IT, EHR, Healthcare Employees, Training, Healthcare Payers, Insurance Coverage, Audit | View Count: (555)
Today, I am pleased to announce the release of ONC’s proposed rule to implement provisions in Title IV of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). We also released a series of educational resources that focus on areas of the rule—including patient access, information blocking, the new conditions of certification, and the role application programming interfaces (API) will play in the new health information technology (health IT) landscape created by the Cures Act. Over the next few weeks,
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Care, Coding, and Cybersecurity: Healthcare Applications of Artificial Intelligence
In some ways, AI can almost be like an employee, requiring training before fulfilling its purpose. In healthcare, AI has the potential to support everything from patient care to cybersecurity. As opportunities for healthcare applications of AI increase, it becomes even more important that both the individuals developing these programs and people using AI programs at work have obtained the training needed to ensure success.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Cybersecurity, Health IT | Tags: Department of Veterans Affairs, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, FDA, Small Business Innovation Research, Government Accountability Office, CMS, OIG, Providers, HIPAA Covered Entities, HIPAA, Security, Compliance, Coding, Billing, ICD-10, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, Cyberattacks, Artificial Intelligence, Texting, Healthcare Employees, Training, Diabetes, Mental Health | View Count: (456)
Get your 2019 off to a start with new and updated standards! Since the 2018 comment period on the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) closed on October 1, we combed through all your comments and made improvements based on your suggestions.If you’re new to the ISA, you will find it contains a variety of standards and implementation specifications curated by developers, standards gurus, and other stakeholders to meet interoperability needs (a term we use in the ISA to represent the purpose ...
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The first in an occasional series of “Where are they now?” posts about past ONC Challenge winnersIt’s been a little more than a year since the Docket app won the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) Move Health Data Forward (MHDF) Challenge, focused on helping consumers consolidate and share their health data. At a recent check in with the Docket team, ONC learned that Docket is continuing to improve patient access by adding new functionality that will allow consumers to ...
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HIPAA Compliance Challenges for Rural Healthcare Organizations
Rural healthcare providers play a vital role in keeping people healthy across the nation. After all, almost one in five people in the United States lives in a rural area. Being located in these areas, however, can often result in some unique challenges for rural healthcare organizations. Such issues can leave rural providers vulnerable to noncompliance, fraud, and everything in between.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles, Compliance, Health IT, HIPAA Privacy and Security | Tags: DOJ, ONC, HRSA, Providers, Rural Providers, HIPAA, Security, Privacy, HIPAA Covered Entities, Compliance, Telehealth, Training, Healthcare Employees, Mobile Devices, Interoperability, Cost Reporting, False Claims Act | View Count: (605)
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs for public comment. This work, led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), was required by Congress under the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act).The post Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative B...
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This blog is written to honor all of the caregivers who give tirelessly of themselves for a loved one and often feel left alone to navigate the healthcare system. I want you to know you are not alone. We in ONC stand with you both professionally and personally as we dedicate our efforts to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities through the use of technology and health information that is accessible when and where it matters most.The post Caring for our loved ones with...
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Today, nearly all non-federal acute care hospitals have adopted certified health IT. New data show that this momentum continues with the introduction of the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria (2015 Edition), which includes new technical capabilities (such as application programming interfaces) that were not required as part of the prior 2014 Edition. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) analysis of 2017 data from the American Hospital Assoc...
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