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ONC: HIPAA Regulations Help, Not Hinder Interoperability

February 5, 2016 - It is a common misconception that HIPAA regulations hinder covered entities’ ability to move patient information, according to a recent blog post by ONC Chief Privacy Officer Lucia Savage, J.D. and ONC Privacy Analyst Aja Brooks, J.D. Contrary to the widely believed misconception, HIPAA enables interoperability in many ways, according to the duo. Along with protecting PHI, HIPAA allows...


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Home Health Provider to Pay $240K in HIPAA Violation Fines

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Lincare, Inc., will need to pay $239,800 in fines for a HIPAA violation, according to a notice from the Office for Civil Rights. This decision comes from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Department of Health and Human Services following...

What are Top HIPAA Compliance Concerns, Obstacles?

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Maintaining HIPAA compliance should always be a key area for leaders in the healthcare industry, but as technology continues to evolve, there are numerous factors coming into play that could affect how organizations keep patient data secure....

Too Few Organizations Implement Data Encryption, Survey Says

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Despite its proposed importance to health data security, research shows that data encryption is not as widespread as one might hope. In a white paper published by Sophos, researchers show that data encryption is not a widespread security tactic...

VA Sees 60% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches in December

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In its December monthly report to Congress, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has reported a near 61 percent decrease in PHI-related healthcare data breaches since November. This is a welcomed change to last month’s 36 percent...

Understanding Physical Safeguards, Healthcare Data Security

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When creating strong healthcare data security measures, physical safeguards serve as a primary line of defense from potential threats. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) defines physical safeguards as the following: Physical...

FAS Discusses Federal and State Data Breach, Security Laws

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It seems as though 2015 was the year of the data breach, especially in the healthcare industry. As a means to regulate these data breaches and ensure adequate notification to individuals whose information had been compromised, several pieces...

Secure Messaging Still Concern for Healthcare Data Security

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The rising prevalence of text messaging between physicians within a practice brings to the forefront questions of health data security and secure messaging devices. To explore these issues, researchers from the University of Chicago performed...

Laptop Theft Results in PHI Data Breach at Counseling Center

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After an employee’s laptop was stolen, Alabama-based Pathways Professional Counseling has announced that it experienced a PHI data breach. “Pathways Professional Counseling is notifying affected service recipients of a data security...

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

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Quest Diagnostics faces a class-action lawsuit following a fax-related healthcare data breach, according to a recent press release. Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to Quest for...

UC Medical Center Email Typo Results in PHI Data Breach

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After an emailing error, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has announced a health data breach potentially compromising the PHI of 1,064 individuals. Starting in 2014, the medical center experienced nine incidents of emailing private...

Most Physician Secure Messaging Apps Not HIPAA Compliant

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Despite the critical nature of secure messaging and mobile security, several physician practices do not necessarily use secure methods of communication. According to a recent study by Infinite Convergence Solutions, Inc., most healthcare organizations...

Is Patient Privacy Violated When Docs Take Patient Data?

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Instances of healthcare professionals taking patient information with them as they change practices is becoming a prevalent issue with patient privacy. Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed in Fresno, California challenging this very issue....

OCR HIPAA Privacy, Security Platform Launched for Developers

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The US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently launched a portal designed for health application developers, so that they can learn more about HIPAA Privacy and Security issues. As more organizations are...

Health IT Privacy, Security Policies Discussed in ONC Plan

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the final version of its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015–2020, and broke down the future of...

Breaking Down HIPAA: PHI Security in Patient File Disposal

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PHI security is an integral part in protecting patient privacy and confidentiality. As such, HIPAA provides ample guidance on how covered entities may maintain PHI security via the HIPAA privacy rule. The HIPAA privacy rule seeks to provide covered...

Keeping Strong HIE Security Through Interoperability Push

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HIE security is an important topic when it comes to the push for health IT interoperability. As more and more healthcare professionals are recognizing the need to exchange patient health information in order to increase care coordination, HIE...

AHA Addresses Health Data Security Concern in VT SCOTUS Case

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Amicus briefs in the Gobeille vs. Liberty Mutual Insur. Co. Supreme Court case continue as the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently contributed its thoughts on the matter. The organization submitted its brief on September 8, and advocated...

Breaking Down the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rules

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The HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rules are an important aspect of HIPAA operating rules and standards. These provisions required the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to not only adopt national standards for certain types of...

HIPAA Regulations Discussed in Latest Mental Health Bill

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A recently proposed mental health bill would potentially alter HIPAA regulations when it comes to individuals being treated for mental health conditions and their family members. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy...

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