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Minn. Organization Testifies on Patient Privacy Law

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Minnesota’s current patient privacy law should not be repealed in favor of HIPAA, according to the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF). The organization’s president and co-founder, Twila Brase, testified in front of the Minnesota...

Breaking Down HIPAA Rules and Regulations: The Omnibus Rule

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As healthcare organizations continuously update their systems and implement the latest tools to improve patient care, it is important for providers to remain mindful of all HIPAA rules and regulations. Starting this week, HealthITSecurity.com...

Identity Theft Allegedly Due to Stolen University Records

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Students at a Georgia university are claiming that they are victims of identity theft after their information, including some medical data, was reported stolen from a campus office back in September. Shorter University, located in Rome,...

The ‘Human Factor’ and Healthcare Privacy and Security

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An organization can have all the necessary healthcare privacy and security measures in place, but without comprehensive employee training, the facility could still fall victim to a data breach or violate HIPAA regulations. That is just one of...

Why EHR Privacy, Transparency Are Crucial to Healthcare

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EHR privacy, along with transparency of how medical records are transmitted and shared, are important issues to patients, according to survey results shared at a recent meeting of the ONC Health IT Policy Committee’s Privacy & Security...

VA Data Breach Notification Letters Decrease in 2015 Q1

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is potentially on a more positive track for 2015 when it comes to keeping veterans’ protected health information (PHI) safe, as fewer VA data breach notification letters were sent out over the last few...

Why Secure Medical Devices Should be a Priority

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As more healthcare organizations implement electronic health records (EHRs) and begin to connect to health information exchanges (HIEs), the need for secure medical devices also increases in importance. A facility cannot run the risk of exposing...

Stronger Cybersecurity Encouraged with Presidential Order

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President Barack Obama continued his push for stronger cybersecurity across the nation by issuing an executive order last week that promotes greater data sharing in the private sector. On Feb. 13, the President announced the executive order when...

Potential Health Data Breach for Hawaii Office

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Kaiser Permanente is notifying customers of a potential health data breach after a box of medical documents spilled off of a courier truck on Jan. 7. The papers were being transported to storage from Kaiser Permanente’s Kona Medical Office,...

Cybersecurity Measures, VA Healthcare on GAO High-Risk List

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Improved cybersecurity measures, particularly how private and government entities collect and process personally identifiable information (PII), is one area that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) wants to expand upon as it’s becoming...

Conn. Seeks Health Data Encryption Policy

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Following the massive Anthem data breach earlier this month, some Connecticut lawmakers hope to create a new health data encryption policy to better protect consumer information. That state’s Senate Democratic leaders want Connecticut health...

White House Launches New Cybersecurity Agency

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The government is continuing its efforts to work toward mitigating cyber threats, as this week it announced the creation of a new cybersecurity agency. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center is expected to assist in cybersecurity the...

Final Orders Approved in FTC Patient Privacy Case

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The Federal Trade Commission approved final orders resolving complaints in a patient privacy case where customers were allegedly tricked into disclosing some of their personal health information. In a 5-0 vote, the FTC approved final orders in...

Mobile Health Privacy Top Concern for mHealth Adoption

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One of the largest barriers for mobile health (mHealth) adoption are concerns over mobile health privacy, according to a recent survey from The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). A global survey of 144 healthcare leaders working in public and...

Device Theft Could Compromise PII in Tenn. and Ind.

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Without the necessary combination of administrative, technical, and physical safeguards, a healthcare organization runs the risk of finding itself in a situation that could compromise PII of patients or employees. Even if a facility trains employees...

HITRUST Updates Healthcare Cybersecurity Approach

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If facilities do not have a strong healthcare cybersecurity approach, it can be more difficult to ensure the security of sensitive information, such as patients’ protected health information (PHI). Regardless of an organization’s size, it...

Anthem Health Data Breach Followed by Potential Email Scams

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Anthem, Inc. announced a potential health data breach last week after one of its data bases containing the personally identifiable information (PII) of 80 million individuals was infiltrated by outside hackers. Now, the health insurer is warning...

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),...

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