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Reviewing the Benefits of Healthcare Data De-Identification

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Healthcare data de-identification could bring several potential benefits to healthcare organizations. As more providers begin to connect to HIEs, implement BYOD strategies, or even opt for cloud computing options, it is essential that patient...

EEOC Proposed Rule May Affect Health Data Security

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A recently proposed rule from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) could potentially impact individuals’ health data security, as the rule would expand the type of data collected through employer wellness programs. The EEOC...

NIST Guide Could Assist in Protecting Patient Privacy Online

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Protecting patient privacy is an essential aspect to any healthcare organization’s data security plan. However, employees still need to be able to access that data. Being able to properly manage accounts can be critical to ensuring patient...

Patient Privacy Focus of NATE, Kantara Initiative Partnership

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A series of educational programs, including ones on patient privacy preferences, electronic authorizations for disclosure, and delegation of authority are the focus of a recent partnership between Kantara Initiative and the National Association...

Health Data Privacy Not a Concern for Health Tech Consumers

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As mobile and digital health technologies continue to be marketed toward consumers, the questions of health data privacy arise. A recent study by Rock Health investigating health data privacy issues, shows that consumers are certainly adopting...

Does Employee Access Hinder Patient Data Security?

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Patient data security needs to be a top priority at every healthcare organization, regardless of the size of the covered entity. This is especially critical as more facilities begin to implement mobile devices, use new EMR systems and even connect...

HealthCare.gov Explains Patient Privacy Updates

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Patient privacy is not only a top healthcare issue, but it remains a key priority for HealthCare.gov, according to Director and Marketplace CEO Kevin Counihan. With the next round of open enrollment to start on November 1, Counihan explained...

Breaking Down Meaningful Use, Health Data Security

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Health data security is a crucial topic for covered entities of all sizes, and as the push to meet meaningful use requirements continues, organizations must remain current on how the two are connected. Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare...

VA Patient Privacy Violations Found, Says OIG Report

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A recent VA Office of Inspector General investigation (OIG) found data sharing and patient privacy violations at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (PAHCS). OIG first heard of allegations that PAHCS had entered into an illegal agreement with...

System of CMS IT Security Controls Lacking, Says OIG Report

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) IT security controls for its Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System (MIDAS) needs improvement, according to a recent investigation by the Office of Inspector General (OIG)....

AHA Addresses Health Data Security Concern in VT SCOTUS Case

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Amicus briefs in the Gobeille vs. Liberty Mutual Insur. Co. Supreme Court case continue as the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently contributed its thoughts on the matter. The organization submitted its brief on September 8, and advocated...

Patient Privacy Advocated for in AAPS Amicus Brief to SCOTUS

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Patient privacy and security are at the center of the recent Supreme Court case Gobeille vs. Liberty Mutual Insur. Co. The case will determine whether states have the right to access patient information obtained by self-funded insurance providers....

Improved Patient Privacy in HHS Updates to Research Rules

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New data security and information protection standards that aim to improve patient privacy in research studies are part of the updates recently announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Current regulations - also referred...

HIPAA Regulations Discussed in Latest Mental Health Bill

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A recently proposed mental health bill would potentially alter HIPAA regulations when it comes to individuals being treated for mental health conditions and their family members. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy...

Does NAIC Cybersecurity Bill of Rights Affect Healthcare?

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Healthcare cybersecurity is not an issue that is going to fade away anytime soon, especially as more covered entities continue to implement connected devices and also connect to one another through HIEs. However, healthcare data breaches are...

How Will NJ Bill Affect Patient PHI Access?

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Patient PHI access is one of several rights granted to individuals through the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Essentially, individuals have the right to review and request to receive a copy of their medical records. There can be certain circumstances where...

Maryland Practice Implements Secure Messaging Option

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Secure messaging is becoming an increasingly popular feature for healthcare organizations, especially as the push for BYOD continues to grow. However, covered entities must ensure all communications stay secure, and that employees are HIPAA compliant...

How Does Data De-Identification Affect Clinical Research?

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Health data de-identification can give healthcare organizations an opportunity to present data for research purposes in a way that does not compromise patient privacy. Clinical research in both the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries are...

Health Data Sharing Bill Passes House in 344-77 Vote

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In a 344-77 vote, the US House of Representatives passed a health data sharing bill that has been hotly debated by various healthcare organizations. The 21st Century Cures bill is intended to overhaul drug development by giving researchers...

Is Health Data Security At Risk In 21st Century Cures Bill?

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While the recent 21st Century Cures bill has many lawmakers, agencies, and healthcare organizations standing behind it, there are still opponents that believe individuals’ health data security will be at increased risk because of the legislation....

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