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Patient Privacy Addressed in Recent HHS Confidentiality Rule

January 19, 2017 - The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations were recently updated and modernized, specifically addressing patient privacy concerns for individuals seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder. The changes were issued under a finalized rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Concerns had previously been raised over privacy of records for...


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NY Clarifies Minor Patient Data Access, Maintains Security

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Health data security is often a top concern with patient data access, especially as the push for interoperability continues and covered entities continue to utilize electronic devices. Ambiguity can make this process more difficult, and both...

Utilizing Healthcare Authentication for Stronger Data Security

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Finding the right balance between security and convenience is often tricky for healthcare providers, especially as technology continues to quickly evolve. Implementing stronger access controls and healthcare authentication options can help ensure...

Health Data Privacy Concerns Not Hindrance for PHI Sharing

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With more providers implementing EHRs and working toward interoperability, it is not uncommon for individuals to have health data privacy concerns with their personal information in how it is used and potentially shared. However, recent research...

LabMD Files Review Petition Against Data Breach Allegations

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LabMD filed a petition for review on December 27, 2016, following a U.S. federal appeals court granting a stay of an FTC order in the continuing battle between the two parties over data breach allegations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th...

Patient Data Breach Fear Hinders Health Data Sharing

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As technology continues to evolve in the healthcare industry, patients may not be as accepting of tools such as patient portals and mobile apps over a fear of a data breach. A recent Black Book survey found that 57 percent of consumers who had...

Protecting Healthcare Physical Assets Containing PHI

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Administrators are actively looking into more ways to protect their virtual machines, their data points, and all of those logical resources that the organization relies upon. As the healthcare entity becomes even more digitized, we must never...

ONC Explains Patient Data Access, HIPAA in Latest Report

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While health IT has made progress on standards and economic incentives, concerns over HIPAA rules and patient data access can be a hindrance on the continued push toward nationwide interoperability, according to a recent report from the Office...

Data Encryption Workgroup Report Discusses Privacy Concerns

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It is important to remember that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” answer or a “solution” to the debate over whether or not data encryption should be utilized by organizations or the government, the bipartisan Encryption...

Researchers Claim Medical Devices Vulnerable to DoS Attacks

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Implantable medical devices (IMDs), including pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs), were found to be vulnerable to denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, which could lead to patient safety issues, according to a recently published...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Wants Online Patient Tool

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In an effort to create an online tool that will generate a user-friendly snapshot of a product’s privacy practices, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced the Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge earlier this week. Additionally,...

What Are Data Security Concerns with Healthcare APIs?

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Potential health data security concerns and security risks have previously been touted as barriers for the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) in healthcare. However, if covered entities understand the basis of the technology, it...

NGA Publishes State Road Map for Secure Health Data Exchange

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Under an agreement with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), the National Governors Association (NGA) released guidance with potential steps that could improve the flow of electronic health information within, and among states. Ensuring...

Tampa General Hospital Data Breach Settlement Reached

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A settlement was recently reached for Tampa General Hospital, following allegations of a health data breach where employees inappropriately accessed patient information. The hospital will pay $10,000 into a Settlement Fund, where payments to...

Encryption Aspect Amended in CA Data Breach Notification Law

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Starting in 2017, data breach notification will be required for instances when encrypted personal information of California residents has been breached and certain conditions are met, according to a recently amended state law. Previously, California’s...

OIG Report Finds CO Medicaid Data Security Controls Lacking

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Colorado’s Medicaid data security may have increased risk due to vulnerabilities found in the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) information systems according to a recent investigation by the Office for Inspector...

Will CMS Improve Patient Data Security with SSNRI?

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One aspect to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 could affect patient data security measures, as it requires healthcare organizations to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019....

Considering Healthcare Data Privacy with Health Data Sharing

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Information sharing is not without certain healthcare data privacy risks, but the potential rewards should be understood so individuals can make an educated choice when considering the trade off, according to Dr. Joseph Kvedar. In a recent blog...

How Patient Privacy is Affected by Patient Matching Proposal

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Earlier this week, numerous healthcare organizations urged members of the House Committee on Appropriations to advance language in a legislative report that would assist in patient matching, which could potentially also affect patient privacy....

How are Healthcare Data Breach Victims Affected by Attacks?

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The large fiscal cost to individual victims stemming from medical identity theft is just one of the key ways that healthcare data breaches affect patients, according to a recent report from the Institute for Critical Infrastructure and Technology...

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