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Should HIPAA Compliance Let Researchers Access Patients’ PHI?

by Elizabeth Snell

AMIA recommended that HIPAA compliance should allow researchers to gain access to patients’ PHI without their permission. Allowing health researchers to access patients’ PHI without their permission could be beneficial, according to the...

NY Subcontractor Causes Healthcare Data Breach

by Elizabeth Snell

An insurer notified patients of a potential healthcare data breach when its subcontractor mishandled PHI. A health insurance subcontractor allegedly mishandled the information of approximately 500 people in New York, leading to a potential healthcare...

Are Medical Practices Prepared for OCR HIPAA Audits?

by Stephanie Reardon

The Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services will be conducting random HIPAA audits. Although a timeline has not yet been set, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)...

Six Ways to Stay HIPAA Compliant and Keep PHI Safe

by Jay Atkinson

As your organization’s CIO, do you know whether your business is HIPAA compliant or if it has access to protected health information (PHI)? If you don’t know the answers, it’s critical for you to find out.  Non-compliance...

How Long Can Healthcare Data Breaches Affect Facilities?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data breaches can affect organizations long after the security issue was discovered and patients were notified of the problem. Healthcare data breaches are unfortunately becoming a common scenario for hospitals, health systems and...

Breaking Down OCR’s HIPAA Bulletin

by Elizabeth Snell

Last week, the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a bulletin outlining how healthcare organizations can abide by HIPAA in various emergency situations – including the current...

Walgreens HIPAA Violation Upheld in Indiana Court

by Elizabeth Snell

An Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that Walgreens can be held liable for its employee being part of HIPAA violations. A healthcare provider was still found to be liable for HIPAA violations committed by an employee, according to an...

HIPAA Physical Safeguards: A Basic Review

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare IT security administrators can also have a difficult time when it comes to ensuring that HIPAA physical safeguards are always followed. As technology continues to evolve, so does the healthcare industry. Laptops, tablets and cell phones...

How MyHealthDirect Achieved HITRUST Certification

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes work diligently to ensure that they remain HIPAA-compliant while also providing high-quality patient care. There are security, privacy, and regulatory guidelines that must be adhered to, and implemented in...

Will HIPAA Compliance be Affected by Ebola?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to ensure they remain HIPAA compliant while still keeping the public properly informed about the Ebola virus. The Ebola virus has been making national headlines for months, and healthcare organizations have been...

HIPAA Technical Safeguards: A Basic Review

by Elizabeth Snell

It’s critical to review the requirements of HIPAA technical safeguards to ensure that your healthcare organization is compliant and able to keep PHI safe. While no healthcare organization can guarantee that a data breach will never take...

Patient Privacy, HIPAA Violation Case Argued in Calif. Court

by Elizabeth Snell

A California medical center has gone to court over accusations that it violated patient privacy by releasing a patient’s private medical information. Patient privacy rights and HIPAA compliance are taking center stage in a California court,...

Is Patient Privacy at Risk with New Healthcare Apps?

by Elizabeth Snell

Will a new photo sharing app for healthcare providers expose patient privacy? As technology continues to evolve, and more healthcare providers implement mobile device policies, it is important that patient privacy still remains a top priority....

HIPAA Administrative Safeguards: A Basic Review

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes must remain diligent in keeping themselves HIPAA compliant, especially when it comes to technical, physical, and administrative safeguards. Data breaches can occur in a variety of ways, which is why facilities...

Why ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ is the Healthcare Security Mindset

by Elizabeth Snell

Strong healthcare security initiatives are something that payers, providers and even patients are working to instill across the nation. Evolving technology can be a blessing and a curse, which is why the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange...

How WEDI is working to Keep Collaborative Healthcare Secure

by Elizabeth Snell

With the implementation of patient portals and secure messaging options, it is clear that collaborative healthcare is becoming more of a common practice. But how can providers ensure that all of those communications remain secure? As data breaches...

Potential Health Data Breach, Medical Records Fly off Truck

by Elizabeth Snell

Even when medical facilities take the time to properly dispose of patients’ medical records, there is still a risk of a health data breach if the correct security measures are not taken in the transportation process. Last week, a medical waste...

HIPAA Business Associate Agreements: What Needs to be Included?

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should take the time to review the regulations for HIPAA Business Associate Agreements. The deadline for all HIPAA business associate agreements (BAAs) to be up to date and in line with the regulations set forth by the...

Fla. Court: HIPAA Not Violated in Malpractice Reform

by Elizabeth Snell

A federal appeals court ruled that it is not a HIPAA violation for physician defendants to have equal access to plaintiffs’ health information. Physician defendants can have equal access to plaintiffs’ health information, as it is not in...

Key HIPAA Compliance Resources for Healthcare Providers

by Sponsored Content

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nation’s healthcare system. However, it is important for healthcare organizations to remain current on any...

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