Federal Guidance on HIPAA and Audio-Only Telehealth
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a guidance on providing audio-only telehealth services that are compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) —even when the COVID-19 public health emergency enforced by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) expires. HHS’ guidance offers direction on how to use remote communication technologies in ways that conform to HIPAA’s privacy, security, and breach notification rules. (Source: JAMA)
Source: JAMA - July 26, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: research

IJERPH, Vol. 19, Pages 8931: Spatial Syndromic Surveillance and COVID-19 in the U.S.: Local Cluster Mapping for Pandemic Preparedness
m Brown Maps have become the de facto primary mode of visualizing the COVID-19 pandemic, from identifying local disease and vaccination patterns to understanding global trends. In addition to their widespread utilization for public communication, there have been a variety of advances in spatial methods created for localized operational needs. While broader dissemination of this more granular work is not commonplace due to the protections under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), its role has been foundational to pandemic response for health systems, hospitals, and government agencies. In contra...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - July 22, 2022 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Andrew J. Curtis Jayakrishnan Ajayakumar Jacqueline Curtis Sam Brown Tags: Article Source Type: research

Natural Language Processing for Enterprise-scale De-identification of Protected Health Information in Clinical Notes
AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2022 May 23;2022:92-101. eCollection 2022.ABSTRACTPatient privacy is a major concern when allowing data sharing and the flow of health information. Hence, de-identification and anonymization techniques are used to ensure the protection of patient health information while supporting the secondary uses of data to advance the healthcare system and improve patient outcomes. Several de-identification tools have been developed for free-text, however, this research focuses on developing notes de-identification and adjudication framework that has been tested for i2b2 searches. The aim is to facilitate clinical...
Source: AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings - July 20, 2022 Category: Bioinformatics Authors: Noor Abu-El-Rub Jay Urbain George Kowalski Kristen Osinski Robert Spaniol Mei Liu Bradley Taylor Lemuel R Waitman Source Type: research