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How Long Can Healthcare Data Breaches Affect Facilities?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breaches can affect organizations long after the security issue was discovered and patients were notified of the problem. Healthcare data breaches are unfortunately becoming a common scenario for hospitals, health systems and...

Breaking Down OCR’s HIPAA Bulletin

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week, the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a bulletin outlining how healthcare organizations can abide by HIPAA in various emergency situations – including the current...

Walgreens HIPAA Violation Upheld in Indiana Court

by Elizabeth Snell

An Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that Walgreens can be held liable for its employee being part of HIPAA violations. A healthcare provider was still found to be liable for HIPAA violations committed by an employee, according to an...

HIPAA Physical Safeguards: A Basic Review

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT security administrators can also have a difficult time when it comes to ensuring that HIPAA physical safeguards are always followed. As technology continues to evolve, so does the healthcare industry. Laptops, tablets and cell phones...

How MyHealthDirect Achieved HITRUST Certification

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes work diligently to ensure that they remain HIPAA-compliant while also providing high-quality patient care. There are security, privacy, and regulatory guidelines that must be adhered to, and implemented in...

Will HIPAA Compliance be Affected by Ebola?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to ensure they remain HIPAA compliant while still keeping the public properly informed about the Ebola virus. The Ebola virus has been making national headlines for months, and healthcare organizations have been...

Patient Privacy, HIPAA Violation Case Argued in Calif. Court

by Elizabeth Snell

A California medical center has gone to court over accusations that it violated patient privacy by releasing a patient’s private medical information. Patient privacy rights and HIPAA compliance are taking center stage in a California court,...

Is Patient Privacy at Risk with New Healthcare Apps?

by Elizabeth Snell

Will a new photo sharing app for healthcare providers expose patient privacy? As technology continues to evolve, and more healthcare providers implement mobile device policies, it is important that patient privacy still remains a top priority....

HIPAA Administrative Safeguards: A Basic Review

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes must remain diligent in keeping themselves HIPAA compliant, especially when it comes to technical, physical, and administrative safeguards. Data breaches can occur in a variety of ways, which is why facilities...

Why ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ is the Healthcare Security Mindset

by Elizabeth Snell

Strong healthcare security initiatives are something that payers, providers and even patients are working to instill across the nation. Evolving technology can be a blessing and a curse, which is why the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange...

How WEDI is working to Keep Collaborative Healthcare Secure

by Elizabeth Snell

With the implementation of patient portals and secure messaging options, it is clear that collaborative healthcare is becoming more of a common practice. But how can providers ensure that all of those communications remain secure? As data breaches...

Potential Health Data Breach, Medical Records Fly off Truck

by Elizabeth Snell

Even when medical facilities take the time to properly dispose of patients’ medical records, there is still a risk of a health data breach if the correct security measures are not taken in the transportation process. Last week, a medical waste...

HIPAA Business Associate Agreements: What Needs to be Included?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should take the time to review the regulations for HIPAA Business Associate Agreements. The deadline for all HIPAA business associate agreements (BAAs) to be up to date and in line with the regulations set forth by the...

Fla. Court: HIPAA Not Violated in Malpractice Reform

by Elizabeth Snell

A federal appeals court ruled that it is not a HIPAA violation for physician defendants to have equal access to plaintiffs’ health information. Physician defendants can have equal access to plaintiffs’ health information, as it is not in...

Key HIPAA Compliance Resources for Healthcare Providers

by Sponsored Content

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation’s healthcare system. However, it is important for healthcare organizations to remain current on any...

Patient Files Another Class Action Community Health Systems

by Patrick Ouellette

Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHSI) is facing more legal action resulting from its data breach that affected 4.5 million patients, as patient Briana Brito filed a class-action lawsuit against CHSI on September 19. Brito, who was hospitalized...

HIPAA Privacy Rule: Reminders to Avoid Enforcement Penalties

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare evolves, it’s important to remain up-to-date on all changes, such as the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. However, because patient privacy remains a pressing topic, HealthITSecurity.com decided to review the basics of the HIPAA Privacy Rule....

Reviewing California’s Mobile App, PHR Privacy Regulations

by Patrick Ouellette

California enacted legislation, AB 658, earlier this year to shield patient health information stored in personal health records personal health records (PHRs) and mobile health applications. Deven McGraw and Susan Ingargiola of Manatt Health...

Bronx RHIO implements direct secure messaging

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining security standards as Health Information Exchange (HIE) expansion continues is critical for any healthcare provider. It’s also essential that patient data stays secure as it is transported from one organization to the next. Those...

Dorn VA medical center faces class action lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center has been hit with yet another lawsuit following a health data breach. On July 14, staff members first noticed that four boxes with patients’ information had gone missing....

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