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Physicians Charged with Healthcare Fraud, Identity Theft in PR

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A District of Puerto Rico Federal Grand Jury charged the owner of a durable medical equipment company and three physicians with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft.  The...

Maintaining Patient Data Privacy, Security in Data Sharing

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Being able to efficiently share patient information can help providers in numerous ways, including avoiding readmissions, avoiding medication errors, and even in decreasing duplicate testing. With even more interoperability tools at the ready,...

Appeals Court Dismisses VA Data Breach Lawsuit

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The US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, dismissed a data breach lawsuit earlier this month that alleged the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dorn VAMC) had violated the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Administrative Procedure...

26% of Consumers Report PHI Stolen in Healthcare Data Breach

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As healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, it should come as no surprise that individuals may find themselves the victim of a healthcare data breach. A recent survey shows that medical identity theft is a top result of these data...

2013 Horizon BCBS Data Breach Leads to $1.1M Settlement

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Horizon Healthcare Service, Inc., which operates as Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ), recently agreed to a $1.1 million settlement for data breach allegations from 2013. Along with the payment, Horizon BCBSNJ must...

DirectTrust Addresses Secure Messaging Adoption Barriers

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It is necessary for vendors to standardize and enhance their users' experience in handling inbound and outbound Direct secure messaging, DirectTrust explained in a recent white paper. A DirectTrust workgroup made more than 50 recommendations...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Attacks Rise 320% from 2015 to 2016

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Most of the 2016 healthcare data breaches stemmed from hackers, with an overall increase in healthcare cybersecurity attacks of that kind rising 320 percent, according to recent research from Redspin. Specifically, 81 percent of the breached...

Nearly Half of Surveyed Patients Worried Over PHI Security

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With the majority of healthcare data breaches in 2016 stemming from either a hacking or IT-related incident or unauthorized access or disclosure, it should not be a surprise that more patients are concerned with their PHI security. The 2017 Xerox...

Data Security, Privacy Key in EHNAC Designation with HITRUST

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The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) was recently designated as an Assessor for the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF). The move will allow EHNAC to help healthcare organizations...

Focusing on Patient Data Privacy in Health Data Exchange

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There are an increasing amount of potential patient data privacy risks as technology continues to evolve, meaning policymakers need to strengthen privacy rules, according to a recent contribution on The Century Foundation. Patient health information...

Research Data Privacy Regulations Updated in Final Federal Rule

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A final rule strengthening protections for research participants, including areas of data privacy was recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies. Current regulations, referred to as the “Common...

Appeals Court Vacates Horizon BCBS Data Breach Case

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The previously dismissed data breach case against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey was recently revived, as the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the dismissal and remands. The Court determined that the plaintiffs...

Patient Privacy Addressed in Recent HHS Confidentiality Rule

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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...

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...

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