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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Secure Messaging Still Concern for Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

The rising prevalence of text messaging between physicians within a practice brings to the forefront questions of health data security and secure messaging devices. To explore these issues, researchers from the University of Chicago...

Laptop Theft Results in PHI Data Breach at Counseling Center

by Sara Heath

After an employee’s laptop was stolen, Alabama-based Pathways Professional Counseling has announced that it experienced a PHI data breach. “Pathways Professional Counseling is notifying affected service recipients of a data...

Faxing Error Leads to Healthcare Data Breach, Lawsuit

by Sara Heath

Quest Diagnostics faces a class-action lawsuit following a fax-related healthcare data breach, according to a recent press release. Several hundreds of health files were allegedly sent to a New York-based marketing firm rather than to...

UC Medical Center Email Typo Results in PHI Data Breach

by Sara Heath

After an emailing error, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has announced a health data breach potentially compromising the PHI of 1,064 individuals. Starting in 2014, the medical center experienced nine incidents of emailing...

Most Physician Secure Messaging Apps Not HIPAA Compliant

by Sara Heath

Despite the critical nature of secure messaging and mobile security, several physician practices do not necessarily use secure methods of communication. According to a recent study by Infinite Convergence Solutions, Inc., most healthcare...

Is Patient Privacy Violated When Docs Take Patient Data?

by Sara Heath

Instances of healthcare professionals taking patient information with them as they change practices is becoming a prevalent issue with patient privacy. Earlier this month, a lawsuit was filed in Fresno, California challenging this very...

OCR HIPAA Privacy, Security Platform Launched for Developers

by Elizabeth Snell

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently launched a portal designed for health application developers, so that they can learn more about HIPAA Privacy and Security issues. As more organizations...

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