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UCHealth Alerts Patients of Internal Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Colorado-based UCHealth is notifying approximately 800 patients of an internal healthcare data breach that resulted from an employee inappropriately accessing electronic patient files. According to a hospital statement, the incident was discovered...

Exposed Server Causes Cottage Health Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

Nearly 11,000 patients have had their health information breached in a recent healthcare data breach at Cottage Health in California. According to a hospital statement, an outside IT security contractor was testing the provider’s data systems...

Maintaining Healthcare Data Security in Genomic Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Genomic data sharing is becoming an increasingly popular topic, especially as evolving technologies are giving researchers and healthcare providers greater opportunities to take advantage of its potential benefits. However, healthcare data security...

Is HIE Security Affected with Health Record Integration?

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent report submitted to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) suggests that personal health records (PHRs) could be successfully implemented into HIEs, and would help create more complete data across the industry. However, HIE security...

Patient Privacy Key Part of Precision Medicine Initiative

by Elizabeth Snell

President Barack Obama recently announced Privacy and Trust Principles, which included guidance on protecting patient privacy, as part of the larger Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The new research efforts will also include guidance in  how...

Senators Seek HHS Health Data Breach Prevention Measures

by Sara Heath

In the wake of several large-scale health data breaches, members of both the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as well as the Senate Committee on Finance have co-signed a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services...

AMA Examines Patient Privacy in Calif. Supreme Court Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently weighed in on a California Supreme Court case debating whether patient privacy was violated following a government agency obtaining an individual’s prescription records without a warrant....

Reviewing the Benefits of Healthcare Data De-Identification

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data de-identification could bring several potential benefits to healthcare organizations. As more providers begin to connect to HIEs, implement BYOD strategies, or even opt for cloud computing options, it is essential that patient...

NIST Guide Could Assist in Protecting Patient Privacy Online

by Elizabeth Snell

Protecting patient privacy is an essential aspect to any healthcare organization’s data security plan. However, employees still need to be able to access that data. Being able to properly manage accounts can be critical to ensuring patient...

Patient Privacy Focus of NATE, Kantara Initiative Partnership

by Elizabeth Snell

A series of educational programs, including ones on patient privacy preferences, electronic authorizations for disclosure, and delegation of authority are the focus of a recent partnership between Kantara Initiative and the National Association...

Is Patient Privacy Violated When Docs Take Patient Data?

by Sara Heath

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....

NY Health Data Breach Affects Persons with Disabilities

by Sara Heath

A health data breach involving the allegedly stolen protected health information (PHI) of individuals with disabilities has occurred, according to the Center for Disability Rights (CDR), an advocacy group for individuals with disabilities. According...

Health Data Privacy Not a Concern for Health Tech Consumers

by Sara Heath

As mobile and digital health technologies continue to be marketed toward consumers, the questions of health data privacy arise. A recent study by Rock Health investigating health data privacy issues, shows that consumers are certainly adopting...

Does Employee Access Hinder Patient Data Security?

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient data security needs to be a top priority at every healthcare organization, regardless of the size of the covered entity. This is especially critical as more facilities begin to implement mobile devices, use new EMR systems and even connect...

HealthCare.gov Explains Patient Privacy Updates

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient privacy is not only a top healthcare issue, but it remains a key priority for HealthCare.gov, according to Director and Marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan. With the next round of open enrollment to start on November 1, Counihan explained...

VA Patient Privacy Violations Found, Says OIG Report

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent VA Office of Inspector General investigation (OIG) found data sharing and patient privacy violations at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (PAHCS). OIG first heard of allegations that PAHCS had entered into an illegal agreement with...

Possible Health Data Breaches From Fraud, Online Exposure

by Elizabeth Snell

Two separate incidents in New Jersey and California led to potential health data breaches, further showing why covered entities need comprehensive security measures. Everything from technical safeguards to proper employee training will help to...

Sutter Health Data Breach Affects 2,500 Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

A former employee reportedly emailed patient information without authorization, leading to a Sutter Health data breach. Sutter Health explained in a statement on its website that 2,582 patients are potentially affected, and that with the exception...

Learning from the Excellus Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week Excellus BCBS reported that it was the latest victim of a large scale cybersecurity breach. The Excellus data breach affected approximately 7 million Excellus patients, as well as 3.5 million members of its non-Blues subsidiary, Lifetime...

Patient Privacy Advocated for in AAPS Amicus Brief to SCOTUS

by Sara Heath

Patient privacy and security are at the center of the recent Supreme Court case Gobeille vs. Liberty Mutual Insur. Co. The case will determine whether states have the right to access patient information obtained by self-funded insurance providers....

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