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73 Percent of Medical Professionals Share Passwords for EHR Access

September 26, 2017 - A recent study examined the prevalence of password sharing among healthcare providers and found nearly three-quarters of surveyed medical professionals have used another staff member’s password to obtain EHR access at work. The study by Hassidim et al. was published in Healthcare Informatics Research and assessed survey responses from 299 healthcare professionals including residents,...


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CO Hospital Email Breach Possibly Exposes PHI of 3.4K Families

by Kate Monica

Children’s Hospital Colorado recently informed patients of a potential security breach possibly affecting the PHI of nearly 3,400 patient families. On July 11, 2017, Children’s Colorado discovered an employee’s email account...

Tewksbury Hospital PHI Data Breach Threatens 1K Patients

by Kate Monica

Massachusetts-based Tewksbury Hospital recently discovered evidence of an incident of unauthorized EHR access potentially creating a PHI data breach. In April of 2017, a former Tewksbury Hospital patient stated an unauthorized individual may...

Memorial Hermann Agrees to $2.4M OCR HIPAA Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

Texas-based Memorial Hermann Health System (MHHS) recently agreed to a $2.4 million OCR HIPAA settlement following multiple allegations of inappropriate PHI disclosure. OCR conducted a compliance review after numerous media reports claimed that...

HIPAA Compliance Knowledge Growing Amongst Healthcare Pros

by Sara Heath

Healthcare organizations are doing more to remain HIPAA compliant compared to two years ago, says NueMD’s 2016 HIPAA Survey Update. The survey looked at HIPAA compliance trends amongst 927 healthcare professionals as a follow-up to a similar...

Congress Seeks Clarification of HIPAA Rules for mHealth Apps

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not making a distinct enough effort to clarify HIPAA security regulations for mHealth app use and development, according to a letter from members of Congress. In November 2014, HHS committed...

Maintaining HIPAA Compliance in Social Media Interaction

by Savanna Myer of Evariant

Social media is everywhere – it’s used as a way to reach friends, family, consumers and even patients. In the healthcare industry, users of social media must be aware that there is a fine line between personal and professional information...

ONC Discusses HIPAA Regulation in Care Coordination

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has posted its third blog post in its series on HIE security under HIPAA regulation, this week covering how covered entities can exchange information for care coordination and care management...

Understanding HIPAA Compliance, Violation Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Regardless of a healthcare organization’s size, HIPAA compliance must remain a top priority. This is especially critical as technology continues to evolve and more covered entities continue to implement innovative tools such as mobile devices...

How must mHealth App Developers Follow HIPAA Regulations?

by Sara Heath

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has added a list of health app use scenarios in which HIPAA regulations would apply, helping to educate mHealth app developers on how to create apps that abide by HIPAA and that protect user and patient privacy....

ONC Reviews HIE Security, Interoperability under HIPAA

by Sara Heath

In their second blog post in a series about HIE security, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) chief privacy officer Lucia Savage, JD, and privacy analyst Aja Brooks, JD, explained the circumstances under the HIPAA...

91K Patients’ Data Compromised in WA Healthcare Data Breach

by Sara Heath

An employee error has resulted in a healthcare data breach in Washington, compromising 91,000 Medicaid patient files. The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) recently released a statement explaining the breach, which occurred after an...

HHS Revises Rules for More Patient Privacy in Drug Abuse Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be changing its regulations for health information exchange (HIE) security and patient privacy for individuals receiving treatment for substance abuse disorders. In a recent press release,...

ONC: HIPAA Regulations Help, Not Hinder Interoperability

by Elizabeth Snell

It is a common misconception that HIPAA regulations hinder covered entities’ ability to move patient information, according to a recent blog post by ONC Chief Privacy Officer Lucia Savage, J.D. and ONC Privacy Analyst Aja Brooks, J.D. Contrary...

Home Health Provider to Pay $240K in HIPAA Violation Fines

by Sara Heath

Lincare, Inc., will need to pay $239,800 in fines for a HIPAA violation, according to a notice from the Office for Civil Rights. This decision comes from an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Department of Health and Human Services following...

What are Top HIPAA Compliance Concerns, Obstacles?

by Elizabeth Snell

Maintaining HIPAA compliance should always be a key area for leaders in the healthcare industry, but as technology continues to evolve, there are numerous factors coming into play that could affect how organizations keep patient data secure....

Too Few Organizations Implement Data Encryption, Survey Says

by Sara Heath

Despite its proposed importance to health data security, research shows that data encryption is not as widespread as one might hope. In a white paper published by Sophos, researchers show that data encryption is not a widespread security tactic...

VA Sees 60% Decrease in PHI Health Data Breaches in December

by Sara Heath

In its December monthly report to Congress, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) has reported a near 61 percent decrease in PHI-related healthcare data breaches since November. This is a welcomed change to last month’s 36 percent...

Understanding Physical Safeguards, Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

When creating strong healthcare data security measures, physical safeguards serve as a primary line of defense from potential threats. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) defines physical safeguards as the following: Physical...

FAS Discusses Federal and State Data Breach, Security Laws

by Sara Heath

It seems as though 2015 was the year of the data breach, especially in the healthcare industry. As a means to regulate these data breaches and ensure adequate notification to individuals whose information had been compromised, several pieces...

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