Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Health IT security more than HIPAA compliance

With the recent Anthem security breach, healthcare information security has once again taken center stage. With congress scrutinizing HIE security plans PARCA eNews talked with Cris V. Ewell, PhD, the Chief Information Security Officer at Seattle Children’s, about security. Seattle Children’s is a not-for-profit pediatric hospital, academic medical center, and research institute. Dr. Ewell has full strategic and operational oversight for building and managing the information security framework, teams, programs, and policies. He is a frequent speaker at healthcare industry privacy and information security forums and

HIMSS15 set to begin April 12

Apr 12 – 16, 2015 Central Time
Chicago, McCormick Place

HIMSS Annual Conference is the largest health IT event in the industry. Nearly 38,000 attendees came to Orlando for HIMSS14. Healthcare IT professionals, clinicians and executives from around the world will gather to explore the value of health IT through education, networking and solutions – discovering new ways to advance innovation, make a greater impact and improve outcomes.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Draft bill aims to improve interoperability

PARCA eNews – Mar. 13, 2015 – Draft legislation was circulated last week entitled Ensuring Interoperability of Qualified Health Records aimed at enhancing nationwide progress toward interoperabiltiy.  It defines interoperability as a qualified electronic health record that must satisfy the following criteria: open access, complete access to health data, does not block access to other qualified electronic health records, and asks for additional recommendations. Among its provisions, the bill:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Office of Cybersecurity and Communications public meeting

PARCA eNews – Mar. 6, 2015 –The Office of Cybersecurity and Communications department of Homeland Security held a public meeting on March 18, 2015 regarding cybersecurity information sharing, Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO’s), and the Executive Order, “Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing,” that was signed by President Obama on Feb. 13, 2015. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A pair of presentations at ECR 2015 show off REMS software

PARCA eNews – Mar. 5, 2015 – Successful connection of various vendor's radiation producing equipment to Radiation Exposure Monitoring Systems (REMS) is a challenge and integration into hospital or radiology information systems (HIS/RIS) introduces further layers of difficulty. 

As Aunt Minnie writer Erik Ridley reports, an Irish research group showed that a web-based dose tracking software could track and analyze CT studies, while German group showed that a cloud-based system using DICOM structured reports was a feasible alternative for dose tracking.