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Did EMS Worker Commit HIPAA Violation With Facebook Post?

by Fred Donovan

Did an emergency medical services (EMS) worker in Roane County, Tennessee, commit a HIPAA violation with a Facebook post that described the peculiar location of an emergency response—a chicken coop? The EMS worker was part of a...

Why Email Failed To Replace Fax For Secure Document Exchange

by J2 Global

Sharing PHI in a HIPAA-compliant fashion using current health IT infrastructure continues to prove a pain point for covered...

Personal Injury Attorney Ads Could Raise Patient Privacy Issues

by Fred Donovan

In a new trend that could raise patient privacy concerns, personal injury attorneys and marketers are using geofencing technology to deliver targeted advertisements to patients’ mobile phones when they visit emergency rooms or...

HIPAA Security Rule Requires Physical Security of Equipment

by Fred Donovan

While most HIPAA Security Rule violations involve electronic data breaches, healthcare providers and business associates could also face a violation for failing to physically secure computers and other equipment holding PHI. The HIPAA...

Cloud Security, HIPAA Compliance Deter Hospitals from Cloud

by Fred Donovan

Cloud security, HIPAA compliance, and privacy are the three primary concerns for hospital CIOs who have considered using cloud-based applications, according to a survey of 175 healthcare IT professionals by cloud-based digital health...

Judge Upholds Doc’s Conviction for Criminal HIPAA Violation

by Fred Donovan

US District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni upheld May 16 a federal jury’s earlier conviction of Rita Luthra, a Springfield, Massachusetts-based gynecologist, for a criminal HIPAA violation and obstructing a criminal healthcare...

Steward Must Satisfy Jury Doc Got Sacked for HIPAA Violation

by Fred Donovan

A Massachusetts federal judge ruled May 16 that Boston-based Steward Healthcare System must convince a jury that it fired a psychiatrist for an alleged HIPAA violation, not in retaliation for his taking disability leave after contracting...

OCR To Share HIPAA Data Breach Settlements With Victims

by Fred Donovan

OCR is proposing to share a percentage of HIPAA data breach settlements with victims, as required by the HITECH law. In the HHS semiannual regulatory agenda, OCR said it is soliciting the public’s view on establishing a methodology...

Does EHR Patient Access Fall Short of HIPAA Compliance?

by Fred Donovan

Patients and healthcare organizations face numerous challenges when providing EHR patient access for HIPAA compliance, according to a report released May 14 by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Among the challenges faced by...

Amazon’s Alexa Healthcare Team Bones Up on HIPAA Compliance

by Fred Donovan

Amazon is becoming very familiar with HIPAA compliance requirements as part of its effort to expand the Alexa digital assistant’s role in providing healthcare information and advice, CNBC is reporting. Amazon has set up a health and...

Healthcare Providers Score High on Ransomware Attack Mitigation

by Fred Donovan

Researchers have found that healthcare providers are doing a good job of implementing recommendations in the ONC SAFER Guides’ contingency planning guide, which was updated last year to incorporate strategies for ransomware attack...

Navy, USAF Could Face HIPAA Violation Fines for Lax EHR Security

by Fred Donovan

The US Navy and US Air Force have poor security practices for their electronic health record (EHR) systems and could face millions of dollars in HIPAA violation fines if action is not taken to correct these problems, warned the Department...

House Debates Bill to Align SUD Rules with HIPAA Privacy Rule

by Fred Donovan

Supporters and opponents of a bill that would align privacy protections for substance use disorder (SUD) patients with the HIPAA Privacy Rule faced off during a May 8 hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health...

Massachusetts Physician Convicted of Criminal HIPAA Violation

by Fred Donovan

A federal jury has convicted Rita Luthra, a Springfield, Massachusetts-based gynecologist, of a criminal HIPAA violation and obstructing a criminal healthcare investigation, US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced April 30. DoJ alleged...

Helping Struggling Hospitals Recover from Ransomware Attacks

by Fred Donovan

The biggest cybersecurity issue for hospitals is response and recovery from ransomware attacks, observed Fernando Martinez, senior vice president and chief digital officer at the Texas Hospital Association and president/CEO of Texas...

Gap Analysis Not Enough for HIPAA Security Rule, Says OCR

by Fred Donovan

A gap analysis can be used to discover where problems exist in securing electronic protected health information (ePHI), but it is not a substitute for a comprehensive risk analysis required by the HIPAA Security Rule, the Office for Civil...

Employee Fired for HIPAA Violation Gets Personal Data from Agency

by Fred Donovan

Tracy Ryans, a former employee of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission fired for an alleged HIPAA violation, recently received a box full of state assistance applications chock full of personal information from her former...

Best Practices for Keeping Patient Data Confidential

by JotForm

There’s nothing easy about being a healthcare provider in the United States, especially when it comes to health data privacy. From working long hours and dealing with insurance, to abiding by a myriad of government laws —...

Senate Bill Has Version of Jessie’s Law, Not Aligned with HIPAA Privacy Rule

by Fred Donovan

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee this week passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 (S 2680) with a broad range of measures to combat the opioid epidemic, including a version of Jessie’s Law that allows...

HIPAA Compliance Gap Between Compliance Officers, Regulators

by Fred Donovan

There is a large gap between the priorities of healthcare compliance officers and regulators when it comes to HIPAA compliance, according to a survey of 388 healthcare organizations by SAI Global and Strategic Management...

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