With digitization and interconnected devices come HIPAA compliance costs and a web of security issues. Organizations should thus be devoting extra scrutiny to vendors and designing security architectures from the get-go, one cyber-security analyst suggests.
As the Office of Civil Rights takes stock of its audit pilot program, it's reaching out to the 115 covered entities audited last year to get a sense of the costs, benefits and overall compliance impact.
Among the uses of analytics, big data, business intelligence, and cloud computing at HIMSS13, are some projects looking to meld private and public health to improve outcomes, and reduce fraud and readmissions.
By removing the harm threshold, the omnibus HIPAA final rule on privacy and security means that healthcare organizations have to determine the probability that PHI has been compromised, based on these factors.