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Practice Fusion Health Data Privacy Case Gets FTC Final Order

August 17, 2016 - A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) final order was recently approved, finalizing the FTC complaint against health data privacy concerns with Practice Fusion. The cloud-based EHR company had agreed to a settlement with the FTC in June 2016, over allegations that it misled consumers and created potential security concerns with consumer health information. The FTC alleged that Practice Fusion had...


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How Lagging Health Application Security Affects Consumers

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Fitness trackers and online health or medical applications are increasing in popularity, with consumers often submitting sensitive personal health information into them. The health application security measures in place though, do not always...

ONC Joint HIT Committee Discusses HIPAA Regulation Report

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Consumers falsely believing that their PHI is protected under HIPAA regulations, and an overall lack of clear rules as to how non-HIPAA covered entities handle sensitive information is a problem for overall economic growth, according to ONC Chief...

FTC Reverses Ruling, Says LabMD Lacked Data Security Measures

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Medical testing laboratory LabMD, Inc. failed to employ proper data security measures to protect the sensitive consumer information it collected, according to a recent Federal Trade Commission final order. This reverses a previously announced...

ONC Report Highlights PHI Security Gaps in non-HIPAA Entities

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The increase in certain technologies that collect and potentially share individuals’ health information, such as wearables and fitness trackers, could create issues when it comes to PHI security, according to the Office of the National...

HIPAA Privacy Rules Considered in Recent Mental Health Bill

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The House of Representatives passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) last week, which has a provision stating that more clarity is needed around existing HIPAA privacy rules. It is important to reduce any confusion...

How Unvalidated Encryption Threatens Patient Data Security

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Technology vendors building solutions for deployment in healthcare love to talk about encryption and how it can help patient data security. It’s the silver bullet that allows physicians and patients alike to embrace new apps and tools....

FDA Drafts Health Data Sharing Guidance for Medical Devices

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According to recent draft guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medical device manufacturers can look to new health data sharing guidelines to help relieve previous patient privacy concerns. “Although not generally required...

Health Data Privacy Concerns Discussed in FTC Settlement

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A cloud-based EHR company has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations that it misled consumers and created potential health data privacy issues. Practice Fusion reportedly did not properly disclose to consumers...

Precision Medicine Initiative Security Framework Released

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A Precision Medicine Initiative Security Framework was created to ensure that healthcare organizations of all sizes understand the security expectations that must accompany the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), according to the Department...

Health Data Privacy Concerns Arise with Precision Medicine

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HIPAA regulations will not apply to the recently announced Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), a key health data privacy concern, according to The World Privacy Forum. In a recent report, The World Privacy Forum explains that while PMI plans...

Is Patient Privacy Violated with New Wellness Program Rules?

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The recent revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) violate patient privacy regulations, announced the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in an official press release....

Improving Patient Data Security with Data-Centric Technology

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Healthcare organizations of all sizes are understandably concerned with patient data security, especially as technology continues to evolve and hackers grow more sophisticated. Healthcare data encryption is one key way that covered entities can...

Risk Adjustment Program Requires Healthcare Data Security

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that requires strong healthcare data security when it comes to the audit functions of its risk adjustment program. There will be a new system of records called “CMS...

AHA Calls for Revisions in Healthcare Data Privacy Rule

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Federal regulation 42 CRF Part 2 (Part 2), a law that governs the healthcare data privacy of behavioral health information, should better align with HIPAA regulations to boost care coordination and health information exchange, according to a...

Patient Privacy Concerns Eased with Senate Bill Progress

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The 21st Century Cures bill (H.R.6) had previously created some patient privacy concerns, as it included language that would potentially allow PHI to be shared for research purposes. However, it seems that certain aspects to health data sharing...

Protecting Patient Privacy While Keeping Families Informed

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Patient privacy has always been a key concern for covered entities, but with the increase in connected devices and push for interoperability, healthcare organizations need to be especially vigilant in keeping patient data secure. The HIPAA Privacy...

Lawsuit Claims Facebook Compromises Patient Privacy

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Facebook violated patient privacy as it relayed certain private health information from cancer institute websites to increase its advertising profits, according to a recent class action lawsuit filed in California. Lead plaintiff Winston Smith...

Congress Concerned on Patient Privacy with Healthcare.gov

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Republican Senate and House committee leaders are asking government officials to provide them with information regarding potential patient privacy issues and security incidents that occurred on Healthcare.gov, the website for statewide health...

Are Views on Consent Unclear with Health Data Sharing?

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Health data sharing is key for improving interoperability and medical research, but, according to a recent study by BioMed Central, the need for consent with medical research may be a gray area. BioMed Central interviewed 55 participants between...

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