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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...

Updates Sought on Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is asking for comments and requests for updates to its Personal Health Record Model Privacy Notice (MPN). With the push toward interoperability, it is increasingly important for consumers to understand...

Prioritizing Patient Privacy in Your Auditing Approach

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LAS VEGAS - When it comes to patient privacy, a passive approach to the auditing process is not going to be enough. Covered entities need to take initiative and ensure that they are doing everything in their power to proactively find potential...

Understanding Medical Device Security in Healthcare Today

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LAS VEGAS – There is no question that medical device security is a top issue in today’s healthcare industry, especially as more providers are looking to implement connected devices.   All of the attention being given to medical...

Ponemon: Healthcare Cyber Attack Averages One Per Month

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LAS VEGAS - Healthcare cybersecurity must improve, as organizations average about one healthcare cyber attack per month, according to a recent Ponemon survey. In The State of Cybersecurity in Healthcare Organizations in 2016, Ponemon also found...

Medical Identity Theft Discussed in New RI Legislation

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Medical identity theft is just one potential issue that recent Rhode Island legislation hopes to solve. Set to go into effect on June 26, 2016, the new Rhode Island Identity Theft Protection Act requires businesses and organizations of all sizes...

Lessons Learned from 2015 Healthcare Data Breaches

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Last year was filled with healthcare data breaches, with the top three alone combining to affect nearly 100 million individuals. Will 2016 hold the same potential threats to covered entities? How can healthcare organizations best prepare for...

How Cybersecurity National Action Plan Affects Healthcare

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Earlier this week, President Barack Obama announced the implementation of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) in an effort to further improve the nation’s approach to cybersecurity.   The long-term strategy is designed “to...

How Magruder Hospital Balances PHI Security, Innovation

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Ohio-based Magruder Hospital might be a small critical access organization, but that does not mean that it has not taken the necessary steps to keep its PHI security a top priority. Magruder IT Director Dan Thompson told HealthITSecurity.com...

Senate HELP Draft Brings Health Data Security Concern

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Recently proposed health IT and EHR legislation from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee has brought forth some health data privacy and security concerns from industry stakeholders. The draft legislation was designed...

Utah Dept. of Health Medicaid Data Security Risks Found

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The Utah Department of Health (DOH) was found to have certain Medicaid data security risks, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. Along with weaknesses found in a comprehensive information system general controls audit,...

Is There an Ethical Obligation for Health Data Sharing?

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Health data sharing can have numerous potential benefits, but according to one group of doctors, there is also an ethical obligation to responsibly share health data. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) explained in...

Majority of Americans Say Health Data Sharing Acceptable

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Just over half of Americans - 52 percent - said in a recent Pew Research survey that health data sharing is acceptable, while 20 percent stated that it would depend on the particular circumstances of the information being shared. However, age...

FTC Settles Dental Software Patient Data Encryption Case

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled a case involving alleged misleading information about how a dental practice software company handled patient data encryption. Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. (Schein) is required to pay...

UMass Lowell, UMMS Launch Secure Health Data System

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UMass Medical School (UMMS) and UMass Lowell researchers are collaborating to launch a secure health data system to help patients, researchers, and physicians better transport and store information. The secure system is called Flexware, and is...

Visual Hacking Poses a New Healthcare Data Security Threat

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Although the healthcare data security industry is heavily investing in precautionary measures on their technical devices, they are missing a less sophisticated gap in their security efforts: visual hacking. According to 3M, visual hacking is...

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