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What Precedent Will Be Set in CareFirst Data Breach Case?

by Elizabeth Snell

The flood gates could potentially be opened for “no-injury class actions arising from virtually every data breach” if the US Supreme Court does not reaffirm the Washington DC circuit court’s decision with the CareFirst...

How Compliance, Data Security Needs Shift with Big Data Push

by Elizabeth Snell

Numerous companies are working to evolve their database ecosystems through cloud and big data initiatives, and are subsequently facing an increasing number of compliance and data security needs. Recent research found though that not many...

Amazon HIPAA Compliance Lead Search Indicates Healthcare Focus

by Elizabeth Snell

An Amazon job posting for a HIPAA Compliance Lead potentially indicates that the technology company is looking to expand into the healthcare space. The individual hired for the healthcare privacy and security position will help Amazon in...

CT Supreme Court Rules Patients Can Sue Over PHI Disclosure

by Elizabeth Snell

There is a duty of confidentiality between a physician and patient, and patients have the right to sue should unauthorized PHI disclosure take place, according to the Connecticut Supreme Court. In Byrne v. Avery Center for Obstetrics...

Potential WV Health Data Breach from Laptop Theft Affects 43K

by Elizabeth Snell

West Virginia-based Coplin Health Systems recently reported a possible health data breach after it discovered that a laptop potentially containing personal health information was stolen. The device was stolen from an employee’s...

Kathryn Marchesini Named New ONC Chief Privacy Officer

by Elizabeth Snell

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced through an internal email that Katheryn Marchesini, JD, had been appointed to the ONC Chief Privacy Officer position. National Coordinator Donald Rucker, MD explained that Marchesini...

CMS Stresses Security in Healthcare Texting Clarification

by Elizabeth Snell

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) explained in a recent Survey and Certification letter that healthcare texting, specifically texting patient information to members of the care team, is only allowed through a secure...

Maintain HIPAA Safeguards, Healthcare Cybersecurity on Vacation

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations must ensure their staff members take proper cybersecurity precautions, including maintaining HIPAA safeguards, when they are gone for extended periods of time, according to the OCR December 2017 Cybersecurity...

Healthcare Ransomware, Medical Device Security Key 2018 Trends

by Elizabeth Snell

With 2017 winding down, healthcare providers cannot become lackadaisical in their approach to cybersecurity. The New Year will likely not bring brand new data security issues, but rather show why there needs to be a heightened focus on...

MA Reaches Settlement Following Medicaid Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

New Hampshire-based Multi-State Billing Services (MSB) must pay $100,000 and improve its security practices per a consent judgment from the Massachusetts attorney general’s office. The settlement stems from a Medicaid data breach...

$2.3M OCR Settlement Reached for 21st Century Oncology Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

Cancer care services provider 21st Century Oncology (21CO) recently agreed to a $2.3 million OCR settlement, following a 2015 data breach. OCR found in its investigation that 21CO impermissibly disclosed the PHI of 2,213,597 of its...

Healthcare Phishing, Computer Viruses Top Cyber Attack Methods

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should consider increasing their cybersecurity measures as 83 percent of physicians report they have experienced a cybersecurity attack, according to research from Accenture and the American Medical Association...

Understanding HIPAA Data Sharing Policies for Better Patient Care

by Elizabeth Snell

Access to electronic health data can help public health agencies work toward improving patient care and addressing community health challenges, according to recent research. However, confusion over HIPAA data sharing policies and how...

AHIMA Notes Cybersecurity Prep, HIPAA Compliance as Focus Areas

by Elizabeth Snell

All healthcare organizations can work on improving their privacy and security by focusing on their cybersecurity preparation, HIPAA compliance, and staying people-oriented, according to a recent blog post on the Journal of...

CareFirst Data Breach Case Moves to US Supreme Court

by Elizabeth Snell

A petition for writ of certiorari was recently filed with the US Supreme Court, pushing the CareFirst data breach case forward. CareFirst wants its case reviewed, which could potentially reignite the debate over how plaintiffs need to...

What Should Entities Expect with OCR HIPAA Enforcement?

by Elizabeth Snell

There have been nine OCR HIPAA enforcement settlements so far in 2017, highlighting the need for covered entities and business associates to focus on audit controls, risk management, and business associate agreements. While there has been...

How HIPAA Information Sharing Regulations Impact the Opioid Crisis

by Elizabeth Snell

With the opioid crisis recently declared a nationwide public health emergency, OCR issued guidance on how HIPAA regulations allow providers to participate in information sharing in an effort to improve patient care. There are often...

Kromtech Security Discovers Health Data Breach of 150K Patients

by Elizabeth Snell

Kromtech Security researchers found a potential publicly accessible Amazon S3 repository that may have led to a health data breach impacting over 150,000 individuals, according to a company report. “Patient Home...

AHIMA: Patient Data Access Through Patient Portals Increases

by Elizabeth Snell

Eighty-two percent of consumers took advantage of patient data access through a patient portal in 2016, an increase from less than 5 percent who did so in 2013, according to a study from the American Health Information Management...

How Health Data Security Relates to Healthcare Biometrics

by Elizabeth Snell

Increasing government initiatives for improved health data security and privacy have helped aid to the growth of the healthcare biometrics market, according to a recent MarketsandMarkets report. More healthcare facilities are looking to...

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