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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Updated Security and Privacy Guidelines
- And Finally, a New Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #508 recorded May 22, 2015.
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Updated Security and Privacy Guidelines
The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) recently released a new and improved version 2.0 of their Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information.
The Guide provides a general overview of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and the EHR Incentive Programs, and gives pragmatic advice in areas including:
- How to identify whether a contractor is a Business Associate under HIPAA;
- When patient authorizations are and are not required to disclose protected health information (“PHI”);
- Questions to ask EHR health IT developers about security; and
- How to implement a security management process to address the security requirements of the EHR Incentive Programs.
In addition to the Guide, providers can use the HIPAA compliance and training tools developed by ONC and the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to assess their current privacy and security practices, including the security risk assessment tool, the HIPAA Phase I audit protocol, and ONC’s privacy and security training games.
Notably, the Guide does not include information on state privacy laws or state data breach notification laws.
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New Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
An estimated 25 million to 45 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, a gastrointestinal condition that can cause miserable symptoms. Making it worse for many patients, there hasn’t been a conclusive test to diagnose what’s wrong with them. Without proof of a physical cause, some doctors considered IBS a psychological disorder.
But that could finally change with the introduction of two simple new blood tests for spotting the disease. Dr. Mark Pimentel of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles developed the tests.
The tests, which measure antibodies in the blood, were based on research suggesting that IBS may develop after infection from a bacterial toxin found in food poisoning. Researchers believe the toxin triggers the immune system to attack a person’s intestinal tract long after the toxin is gone.
CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook, who is also a practicing internist and gastroenterologist, points out that the test is not perfect. While a positive test result is highly suggestive of IBS, only 44 percent of patients with IBS tested positive, meaning that many people who test negative could in fact still have the condition.
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