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HIPAA and Patient Privacy at Heart of Maryland Bill

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The Maryland General Assembly passed an emergency bill designed to further underline the importance of certain aspects of HIPAA and patient privacy. Essentially, Senate Bill 790 requires forms to be made available to patients allowing them to...

Lessons Learned from the Anthem Data Breach

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The Anthem data breach should be a reminder for healthcare organizations of all sizes how important it is to have comprehensive and current safeguards in place. Just yesterday, Anthem announced that one of its data breaches containing the information...

How Does the Anthem Data Breach Compare to Others?

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Earlier today, HealthITSecurity.com reported on the Anthem data breach, which could potentially compromise the personal information of up to 80 million people. While it is not believed at this time that any protected health information (PHI),...

Anthem Health Data Breach Could Compromise PII of 80M

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Hackers allegedly broke into Anthem, Inc.’s database last week, potentially compromising the personal information of approximately 80 million former and current customers, as well as employees, according to multiple reports. The information...

Can Patient Privacy Violations Occur with EHR Tracking?

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Researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine recently debated whether it was ethical for medical students to track patients’ electronic health records (EHRs) or if such practices could be considered patient...

BIDMC Developing Interactive, Secure Health Data Program

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Last week, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) received a $450,000 grant from The Commonwealth Fund to develop an interactive, yet still secure health data program. Specifically, BIDMC will be working with OurNotes, a tool that gives...

Letter to CMS Questions HealthCare.gov Privacy Measures

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Several lawmakers raised concerns over the current HealthCare.gov privacy measures, and whether or not the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is doing enough to make improvements after numerous reports of consumer privacy issues....

HIPAA Compliance Discussed in ACOG Social Media Guidelines

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With technology continuously evolving, healthcare organizations need to ensure that they are still following HIPAA compliance measures. As social media becomes more popular, one medical group decided to publish guidelines on how physicians can...

Healthcare Privacy, Security Measures Included in ONC Draft

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A better way to share healthcare information, while also maintaining healthcare privacy, is one of the key aspects in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC)...

Should More Patients Worry About Healthcare Data Security?

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An organization should always have the state of its healthcare data security as a top priority. Especially as technology evolves and more facilities connect to HIEs, implement new EHRs and potentially even consider telehealth, it is essential...

Understanding HIPAA Compliance in Emergencies

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Every year there are numerous reports of flu-related deaths, as well as other illnesses. Most recently, Ebola was a hot topic, especially in terms of HIPAA compliance. Patients deserve privacy, but doesn’t the public have a right to know...

Discussion Begins Over National Data Breach Notification Law

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The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing this morning to discuss what should be included in a national data breach notification law. Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced his legislation, The...

FTC Report Calls for Better Privacy and Security Practices

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As more organizations, including those in the healthcare sector, implement connected devices into daily workflow, it is essential that they have the necessary privacy and security practices in place, according to a recent report from the Federal...

Top Tips for Better Healthcare Security in 2015

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No one wants to be on the receiving end of a data breach. Regardless of the environment or organization, a security breach can spill over into business functionality, an organization’s reputation, and even impact the customer (or in healthcare,...

Protecting Patient Privacy Top Priority, Says HealthCare.gov

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Protecting patient privacy is something that healthcare organizations must continuously keep track of, ensuring that their security measures do not fall behind. Whether the data is being stored or transferred, it is critical that facilities take...

Potential Healthcare Data Breaches in NY and Calif

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With potential healthcare data breaches impacting well-known companies such as Sony Pictures, the importance of data security and safeguards has taken the spotlight. Healthcare facilities should view this as an opportunity to crack down on their...

FTC Healthcare Data Breach Case v. LabMD Continues

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be able to proceed with its enforcement action against the testing laboratory LabMD for an alleged healthcare data breach that occurred a few years ago. The original FTC complaint filed in 2013 stated that...

Why HIPAA Privacy and HIPAA Security Rules are Needed

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The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is hardly a new concept in the healthcare industry. However, as technology evolves, it is important that facilities of all sizes continue to adhere to HIPAA and are...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Gets Boost from HITRUST, Deloitte

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The need for better healthcare cybersecurity measures has been an issue making headlines recently, especially with President Barack Obama announcing a cybersecurity bill earlier this month. The Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance hopes...

Better EHR Certification Security Measures Needed, Says AMA

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The American Medical Association (AMA) is at the forefront of a group of healthcare organizations pushing for better EHR certification security measures, along with other recommendations for changes in the EHR certification program. One of the...

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