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How Rush Medical Stays HIPAA Compliant, Uses Cybersecurity

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Staying HIPAA compliant is not always an easy task, especially as new technological options develop, such as cloud computing, mobile devices, and EMRs. Rush University Medical Center has altered its cybersecurity measures over the last few years...

PHI Compromised in Email Phishing Scam

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No healthcare organization, whether a provider or insurer, wants to have PHI compromised. However, even with the necessary security measures in place and thorough employee training programs, incidents can still occur. That is the case at an Indiana...

PHI Incidents Decrease 65% in March for VA

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The number of PHI incidents affecting veterans decreased by approximately 65 percent in March, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) latest report to Congress. In February, the VA reported that of the 891 veterans affected by a...

Data Breach Notification Law Passes Unanimously in Wash.

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The Washington state Senate unanimously passed the proposed data breach notification law last week by a 47-0 vote. HB 1078 is designed to “strengthen the data breach notification requirements to better safeguard personal information, prevent...

Breaches Shift from Device Theft to Cybersecurity Threats

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Healthcare cybersecurity threats are an increasing issue for the industry, but healthcare data breaches can occur in numerous ways. An apparent shift is underway though, as the major cause of health data breaches is not necessarily due to device...

ONC Releases Electronic Health IT Privacy, Security Guide

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released an updated version of its guide on electronic health IT privacy and security earlier this week. The guide outlines ways for covered entities to properly integrate...

Stronger Data Breach Laws Needed, Say Wash. Leaders

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In the wake of the Premera Blue Cross and Anthem, Inc. data breaches, Washington’s attorney general and two lawmakers are calling for stronger data breach laws. Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Sen. John Braun, and  Rep. Zack Hudgins...

How Health Data Privacy, Regulations Affect Data Exchange

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Health data privacy concerns are consistently cited as a potential drawback or concern to data exchange programs. Covered entities must ensure that as they implement data exchange, and work toward interoperability, that patient data stays secure....

NIST Cybersecurity, Data Privacy Report Open for Comments

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) drafted a report from the Executive Technical Workshop on Improving Cybersecurity and Consumer Privacy, and the NIST cybersecurity draft focuses on how data is securely transmitted. “We’d...

Industry Leaders Discuss Data Privacy in Stage 3 MU

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The Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposal had a large focus on EHR interoperability and data quality. However, keeping patient health information secure was still a top priority in CMS’ recently published draft, as Stage 3 MU will continue to ensure...

Data Breach Lawsuit Against Horizon BCBS Dismissed

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The class action data breach lawsuit against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey was dismissed on March 31, with the judge citing that an injury sufficient to confer standing was not proven. According to New Jersey U.S. District Judge...

Prioritizing Patient Privacy Essential with EHR Transition

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As more healthcare providers and hospitals implement EHRs and connect to HIEs, prioritizing patient privacy must remain a top priority. Individuals need to not only feel confident in that they will receive quality care, but also that their sensitive...

De-Identification of Data: Breaking Down HIPAA Rules

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The de-identification of data is an important part of healthcare technology, especially as the use of EHRs and HIEs becomes more prominent. The HIPAA Privacy Rule states that once data has been de-identified, covered entities can use or disclose...

President Continues Push for Stronger Cybersecurity Measures

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President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order designed to create stronger cybersecurity measures and punishment for cyber criminals. Titled, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled...

Calif. Patients Say HIEs Worsen Patient Data Privacy

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While EHRs and HIEs are being touted as necessary tools for the improvement of the nation’s healthcare system, some Californians believe that the use of HIEs in fact worsen patient data privacy, according to a recent study. Approximately 40...

Why a Data Breach Bill Was Blocked in N.M. Senate

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A data breach bill failed to pass in the New Mexico Senate last week, which could lead some consumers to think that their government potentially was not concerned over the security of their personal information. However, comments from lawmakers...

Additional Data Breach Bills Lack Federal Standards

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Two data breach bills introduced last week by Rep. Jim Langevin are set to directly compete with previously announced legislation put into play by House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Peter Welch. One piece...

Data Breach Notification Bill Fails to Pass N.M. Senate

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The New Mexico Senate did not pass a recently proposed data breach notification bill, even though the bill was unanimously passed by the House earlier this year. HB 217 required that businesses notify customers if their personally identifiable...

Is Patient Data Security At Risk with New Platform?

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Patient data security should be a top priority for healthcare providers, even as new technology is implemented that gives individuals more control over their records. A new online platform though could potentially put some of that information...

Will Minn. EHR Interoperability Law Compromise Privacy?

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Minnesota is currently one of two states with an EHR interoperability law, requiring providers to not only use EHRs, but also connect to a state-certified health information organization. However, critics claim that patients’ medical data would...

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