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HIPAA Needs Clarity Around Patient Data Sharing, AMIA, AHIMA say

February 13, 2019 - In recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services, the American Health Information Management Association and American Medical Informatics Association are recommending updates to HIPAA that would both clarify right to access and reduce barriers to patient data sharing. The open comment period for HHS’ request for information closed on Tuesday, and in separate...


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Slack Adds HIPAA-Compliant Features to Enterprise Grid Messaging

by Jessica Davis

Slack recently added HIPAA compliance to its security features, directly related to file uploads. While the compliance is not currently related to communication channels or direct messaging between patients and providers, two sources told...

Community Health Systems Reaches Settlement over 2014 Breach of 4.5M

by Jessica Davis

Tennessee-based Community Health Systems reached a settlement with the 4.5 million patients impacted by its 2014 data breach. CHS operates more than 200 hospitals across the country and is one of the largest hospital networks in the U.S....

HIMSS19 to Showcase Compliance, Device Security, Vendor Management

by Jessica Davis

Cybersecurity, compliance, medical device security, and other pressing security matters will take center stage at the HIMSS19 annual conference, taking place February 11-15 in Orlando, Florida. Throughout the conference, visitors can...

Aetna Reaches Settlement with California Over 2017 Privacy Breach

by Jessica Davis

Aetna will pay California $935,000 for its 2017 privacy breach, stemming from a mailing error that inadvertently revealed the HIV-related information of 1,991 Californians and 12,000 total patients by the envelope’s clear...

OCR Hiring Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights is looking to hire a Deputy Director of Health Information Privacy, according to a job listing posted on January 14. According to the post on USAJOBS, the senior...

What Pharma Needs to Know about Compliance Regulation in the Cloud

by ClearDATA

An increasing portion of healthcare is moving its business and data to the cloud. About two-thirds of healthcare technology leaders reported using the cloud or cloud services, according to a 2017 HIMSS Analytics report. Research...

Avery Center to Pay Patient $853K for Impermissible Data Disclosure

by Jessica Davis

The Bridgeport Superior Court ruled the Avery Center of Obstetrics and Gynecology must pay a former Connecticut resident $853,000, for releasing the woman’s medical records to her past boyfriend without her consent. The lawsuit,...

McLean Hospital Pays Massachusetts $75,000 for 2015 Breach

by Jessica Davis

Belmont, Massachusetts-based McLean Hospital settled with the state over its 2015 data breach, agreeing to implement new security and training and pay $75,000. The settlement will resolve claims the psychiatric hospital exposed the data...

Blockchain, HIPAA Regulation Lead Top 10 Stories of 2018

by Jessica Davis

Throughout the year, healthcare privacy, security and cybersecurity have a remained a crucial part of boardroom discussions, determining how best to proceed in an ever-evolving threat landscape. Those conversations will continue to...

AI, IoT, Medical Devices Top Health Cybersecurity Predictions for 2019

by Jessica Davis

Cybersecurity continued to be a struggle for many in the healthcare sector this year, with several massive breaches, successful targeted phishing campaigns, and security events caused by human error. While providers struggled with the...

HHS, OCR Seek Industry Feedback on HIPAA Update for Data Sharing

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Service and the Office for Civil Rights are seeking industry feedback on how to improve HIPAA guidance, especially around care coordination. The OCR Request for Information comes in response to an...

OCR Settles with Colorado Provider for $111,000 over HIPAA Failures

by Jessica Davis

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights settled with Pagosa Springs Medical Center for $111,400, for failing to terminate a former employee’s access to electronic protected health...

AHIMA, AMIA Call for HIPAA Upgrade to Support Patient Access

by Jessica Davis

HIPAA needs to be modernized to improve patient access to health data and bolster security of the app ecosystem, American Medical Informatics Association and American Health Information Management Association leaders said at a Capitol Hill...

Dental Breach Notification Sparked by EMR Vendor Refusal

by Jessica Davis

Florida-based Key Dental Group is notifying some of its patients of a breach, after its electronic medical record vendor refused to return a patient database at the end of its contract. According to officials, Key Dental received a...

Phishing Attack Impacts Health Data of 128K Employees, Patients

by Jessica Davis

New York Oncology Hematology is notifying 128,400 employees and patients that their patient data may have been breached, after 15 employees fell victim to a phishing campaign in April. The phishing emails were highly targeted, appearing...

Another Major Storm, Another HHS HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver

by Fred Donovan

HHS Secretary Alex Azar has issued another HIPAA Privacy Rule waiver for US territory the Northern Marianas Islands, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Yutu this week. Super Typhoon Yutu was a Category 5 storm when it hit the Northern...

Anthem to Pay Record $16M for HIPAA Violations Exposing 79M Records

by Fred Donovan

Anthem has agreed to pay a record $16 million, almost three times the previous highest HIPAA penalty, and to take correct actions to settle HIPAA violations that exposed the ePHI of close to 79 million people, OCR announced Oct....

Azar Issues 2nd HIPAA Privacy Rule Waiver in As Many Months

by Fred Donovan

As in the case of Hurricane Florence, HHS Secretary Alex Azar has waived sanctions and penalties under certain HIPAA Privacy Rule provisions for areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. The waiver is intended to enable greater information...

Aetna Reaches Settlements with State AGs Over HIPAA Violations

by Fred Donovan

Health insurer Aetna has reached settlements with a number of state attorney generals over HIPAA violations resulting from mailings to HIV/AIDS and cardiac patients, the New Jersey attorney general announced Oct. 10. The three states and...

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