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Judge Says HIPAA Regulations Do Not Apply in Organ Donor Case

April 20, 2017 - Patient records from the New York Organ Donor Network are not liable to HIPAA regulations, according to a recent New York Supreme Court ruling. A former network official claimed that four patients had not yet been declared legally dead before their organs were harvested, and had argued that the records in question were protected under HIPAA. Plaintiff Patrick McMahon also claimed that he had...


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Judge Says HIPAA Regulations Do Not Apply in Organ Donor Case

by Elizabeth Snell

Patient records from the New York Organ Donor Network are not liable to HIPAA regulations, according to a recent New York Supreme Court ruling. A former network official claimed that four patients had not yet been declared legally dead before...

Kentucky Health Center Ensures PHI Security After Email Gaffe

by Kate Monica

On February 3, 2017, Women’s Care of Somerset (WCS) employees erroneously disclosed the email addresses of all recipients of an informative email regarding health-related services to the other recipients. According to a written press release,...

Prioritizing Healthcare Data Security in Aggregation, Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Data aggregation is quickly becoming a larger issue in healthcare, especially as organizations begin to switch over from fee-for-service models to value-based healthcare. As entities continue to gather, store, and transfer sensitive information,...

HHS OIG Phone Scam Raises Patient Data Privacy Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline number for reporting fraud was recently spoofed, according to an HHS statement. Individuals reported receiving phone calls claiming to be from HHS OIG, requesting that they confirm personal information...

OCR Urges End-to-End Security, Verified HTTPS to Protect PHI

by Elizabeth Snell

Implementing end-to-end connection security on internet transactions using Secure Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTPS) can help healthcare organizations better protect PHI and even detect malware, according to OCR’s latest cybersecurity...

GAO Finds Identity Theft Services Limited in Fraud Prevention

by Elizabeth Snell

Identity theft services offer several benefits to organizations and individuals, but there are limitations in fraud prevention and other identity protection services, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Medical...

Why Healthcare Network Security is a Critical Provider Tool

by Elizabeth Snell

Covered entities are quickly implementing more technology into daily operations, which could potentially open the door for cyber criminals or even unauthorized insider access. Healthcare network security measures must be current and comprehensive,...

FBI Warns Orgs of PHI Security Risk in FTP Servers

by Elizabeth Snell

Cyber criminals are targeting File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers, which may compromise PHI security and PII security, according to a recent FBI warning. Citing research from the University of Michigan, the FBI explained that FTP servers were...

Administrative Safeguard Need Highlighted in PA Indictment

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure that they have comprehensive and regularly updated administrative safeguards, such as user authentication measures and proper access control. A failure to have these in place, or having outdated ones, could...

Computer Virus Potentially Exposes PHI of 2.5K at OR Clinic

by Kate Monica

A technician at Lane Community College health clinic recently discovered a computer virus, which may have exposed the PHI of some patients, according to an online statement. The Oregon college health clinic stated the virus may have been sending...

St. Charles Privacy Incident Leads to DA Criminal Investigation

by Elizabeth Snell

Oregon-based St. Charles Health System recently announced a privacy incident where an employee accessed approximately 2,500 patients’ electronic medical information without authorization. St. Charles explained in an online statement that...

How HIE Security Concerns Impact Patient Data Withholding

by Elizabeth Snell

Concerns over HIE security and how patient data may be shared or accessed could lead to patients withholding some of their personal information, according to Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD, MPP. Blumenthal explained in a recent...

Allina Health Privacy Incident Possibly Exposes Patient Info

by Kate Monica

Minnesota-based Allina Health recently announced that paper documents were emptied into the trash before the documents could be securely shredded. The documents were from a recycling bin in the physician’s private office, and were to be...

Physicians Charged with Healthcare Fraud, Identity Theft in PR

by Elizabeth Snell

A District of Puerto Rico Federal Grand Jury charged the owner of a durable medical equipment company and three physicians with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft.  The...

Why Data Security is Critical with Healthcare Blockchain

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations are utilizing more electronic data than ever before, and many are working toward interoperability and connecting to HIEs. Data security measures cannot be an afterthought, and must be a top priority as covered entities...

Rehabilitation Facility Reports Patient Data Files Unattended

by Kate Monica

Catalina Post-Acute and Rehabilitation recently became aware of an incident where paper files containing resident and employee information were left in an unattended area. The patient data files, along with certain employee information, were...

Nearly Half of Surveyed Patients Worried Over PHI Security

by Elizabeth Snell

With the majority of healthcare data breaches in 2016 stemming from either a hacking or IT-related incident or unauthorized access or disclosure, it should not be a surprise that more patients are concerned with their PHI security. The 2017 Xerox...

3 Key Steps for Stronger Data Security in Healthcare

by Bill Kleyman

There was a recent Forbes article that analyzed the findings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which looked at the total number of breaches and impacted people in 2015. So, what did OCR find? In 2015, there were 253 healthcare breaches,...

Potentially Unencrypted Laptop Stolen from LA Hospital

by Kate Monica

On December 21, 2016, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group (CHLAMG) became aware of a potentially unencrypted laptop stolen on October 18, containing the personal health information...

DirectTrust PHI Sharing Increases 24% Since End of 2015

by Elizabeth Snell

The number of healthcare organizations using DirectTrust interoperability tools in 2016, including PHI sharing options, has seen significant growth, according to recent DirectTrust numbers. There were more than 98 million Direct message transactions...

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