Healthcare Information Security

HIPAA Compliance

Understanding HIPAA Regulations and Their Applications

by Elizabeth Snell

CHICAGO – Understanding HIPAA regulations is key for healthcare providers, hospitals, and any other covered entity. However, HIPAA was implemented before many of today’s current technologies were in use, and the specifics can sometimes be...

HIPAA Compliance, Cybersecurity Top HIMSS15 Topics

by Elizabeth Snell

Even without large data breaches, the healthcare industry must remain current on the latest HIPAA compliance trends and best approaches to comprehensive cybersecurity. The annual HIMSS conference will tackle these issues, among many others, head...

Current HIPAA Requirements Sufficient, AHA Tells ONC

by Elizabeth Snell

The current HIPAA requirements are enough to support the improvement of the healthcare infrastructure to better support secure data sharing in support of clinical care, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In a letter to the...

De-Identification of Data: Breaking Down HIPAA Rules

by Elizabeth Snell

The de-identification of data is an important part of healthcare technology, especially as the use of EHRs and HIEs becomes more prominent. The HIPAA Privacy Rule states that once data has been de-identified, covered entities can use or disclose...

Premera Data Breach Leads to Lawsuits, Lawmaker Concern

by Elizabeth Snell

The Premera data breach that potentially put the sensitive information, including PHI, of 11 million individuals at risk has now led to five class action lawsuits. The suits were filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on behalf of Premera customers...

HIPAA Compliance in the Cloud: Breaking Down HIPAA Rules

by Elizabeth Snell

HIPAA compliance in cloud computing is becoming an increasingly important topic as more covered entities (CEs) begin to consider this option for data storage. Even as cloud computing technology evolves, it is essential that CEs – and their...

Patient PHI Compromised by Florida Hospital Employees

by Elizabeth Snell

No healthcare facility wants patient PHI compromised, let alone by its own employees. However, that is the situation that Florida Hospital is currently working through, according to a facility statement. Two employees, who have since been terminated,...

What Are the Legal Concerns in a HIPAA Risk Assessment?

by Elizabeth Snell

No healthcare organization wants to find itself in legal trouble when it comes to conducting a HIPAA risk assessment. Facilities must ensure that they are adhering to all federal requirements, as well as any state or local laws. That way, the...

The HIPAA Risk Assessment: A Journey, Not A Destination

by Elizabeth Snell

A HIPAA risk assessment can be an important tool in helping covered entities determine how they can best improve their overall privacy and security measures. With two large scale healthcare data breaches being announced already in 2015, it is...

Breaking Down HIPAA Rules: HIE Security

by Elizabeth Snell

HIE security is an increasingly important issue, especially as the push for interoperability continues. We’ve previously discussed how the HIPAA Omnibus Rule made important impacts on several aspects of HIPAA rule, and how covered entities...

Determining Whether a HIPAA Data Breach Occurred

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities need to be able to determine if a HIPAA data breach has taken place following the potential exposure of sensitive data. The implementation of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule slightly changed this process, in that there were new determining...

HIPAA Regulations v. FERPA Rules In Privacy Rights

by Elizabeth Snell

HIPAA regulations were created to ensure that patients’ PHI remained secure, and that individuals would not have to worry about their personal information falling into the wrong hands. Similarly, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act...

Should HIPAA Regulations Require Data Encryption?

by Elizabeth Snell

Following the Anthem data breach where nearly 80 million individuals’ personally identifiable information was potentially exposed, certain HIPAA regulations are coming under scrutiny. In particular, organizations and legislators are beginning...

Key Reminders For Your HIPAA Security Risk Assessment

by Elizabeth Snell

The HIPAA security risk assessment is an important way for healthcare organizations to evaluate the potential risks and vulnerabilities within their facility and how they are adhering to HIPAA. All covered entities and their business associates...

Potential HIPAA Violation From Minn. BCBS Nurse

by Elizabeth Snell

A Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) nurse possibly committed a HIPAA violation after he inappropriately accessed a state database containing prescription information for 1 million Minnesotans, according to a WCCO-TV report. The BCBS nurse,...

Minn. Organization Testifies on Patient Privacy Law

by Elizabeth Snell

Minnesota’s current patient privacy law should not be repealed in favor of HIPAA, according to the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF). The organization’s president and co-founder, Twila Brase, testified in front of the Minnesota...

Breaking Down HIPAA Rules and Regulations: The Omnibus Rule

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare organizations continuously update their systems and implement the latest tools to improve patient care, it is important for providers to remain mindful of all HIPAA rules and regulations. Starting this week, HealthITSecurity.com...

Are Healthcare Regulatory Mandates Harming the Industry?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare regulatory mandates are designed to help covered entities keep sensitive data, such as patients’ protected health information (PHI), secure. As technology continues to evolve, it is especially critical for healthcare organizations...

HIPAA Compliance Discussed in ACOG Social Media Guidelines

by Elizabeth Snell

With technology continuously evolving, healthcare organizations need to ensure that they are still following HIPAA compliance measures. As social media becomes more popular, one medical group decided to publish guidelines on how physicians can...

HIPAA Rules to be Clearer for mHealth, Says HHS Leader

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has pledged to work more closely with mobile health (mHealth) companies to ensure that HIPAA rules are being properly adhered to. HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell wrote...

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