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AHIMA Focuses on HIPAA Compliance in New Patient Data Form

July 21, 2017 - AHIMA released a new form that streamlines the patient data request process and also maintains HIPAA compliance. Patient have the right to request access to their own information under HIPAA regulations, but are sometimes confused about the process. At the same time, providers must understand how the process works and not compromise PHI in the process. The new form is meant to be a template,...


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ONC Stresses Improved Patient Data Access Measures

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations need to improve their processes for patient data access measures, as this will reduce consumer burden and also help entities coordinate better care, according to an ONC report. ONC explained in Improving the Health Records...

Calif. Patient Data Sharing Guidance Aids Mental Health Care

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently announced authoritative but non-binding patient data sharing guidance could potentially aid behavioral healthcare providers in safely sharing substance use disorder and mental health patient records. The California Office of Health Information...

AMIA Stresses Patient Data Security Concerns in Federal Rule

by Elizabeth Snell

As technology and informatics tools have continued to evolve, more provisions are needed to bolster modern research while ensuring patient data security for research participants, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)....

FTC Data Security Enforcement Standard Center in LabMD Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District listened to oral arguments last week in the case of LabMD, Inc. versus the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Court must determine if the FTC overstepped its authority with its data security...

NJ Gov. Seeks Ease in HIPAA Regulations for Opioid Fight

by Elizabeth Snell

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will likely propose HIPAA regulations be loosened in cases of opioid overdoses, according to multiple news outlets. Christie spoke at Morristown Medical Center to the Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey earlier...

Cases Underline Audit Controls, Minimum Necessary Standard

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations of all sizes need to utilize proper audit controls to ensure that employees are remaining compliant and following proper procedure. Lacking administrative safeguards could lead to numerous types of malicious activity,...

Plaintiff Dismisses MDLive Patient Data Privacy Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

The plaintiff in a patient data privacy lawsuit filed against MDLive, Inc. voluntarily dismissed the suit on June 2, 2017, according to a press release. Joan Richards had filed the class-action lawsuit, claiming that an MDLive app asked individuals...

Improving Patient Privacy, Workflow with HIPAA Compliant Forms

by Elizabeth Snell

Cloud-based services are quickly becoming more common in healthcare, especially as organizations are trying to find HIPAA compliant ways of keeping ePHI secure. However, these tools cannot hinder how physicians and staff members perform daily...

5.5K Patients Affected in Children’s Mercy Security Incident

by Kate Monica

On March 23, 2017, Children’s Mercy Kansas City in Missouri suffered a security incident involving patient information. Children’s Mercy said it discovered an unauthorized website containing information collected by one of the hospital’s...

Virginia Mason Patient Data Privacy Breach Leads to Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

After receiving $8.5 million in a medical negligence lawsuit, a Washington couple is filing another lawsuit against Virginia Mason Medical Center for its alleged actions following a patient data privacy breach. Matthew and Sarah Hipps, MD, claim...

Senators, AHIMA Voice HIT Security, Interoperability Concerns

by Elizabeth Snell

Proposed budget cuts and workforce reductions to HHS could have a potential negative impact on successfully implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, according to several senators. Specifically, HIT security, interoperability, and even advancing...

GAO Finds Information Security, Privacy Key IoT Challenges

by Elizabeth Snell

The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly becoming a popular option for healthcare organizations looking to improve communications and process more data. However, information security and privacy can be key challenges for numerous sectors,...

Maintaining HIPAA Privacy through Increased Patient Access

by Elizabeth Snell

The HIPAA Privacy Rule is not something that covered entities or business associates can afford to ignore, even as technology continues to evolve and patients have increased access to their own records. AHIMA raised a key issue though in a recent...

Calif. Patient Privacy Case Reaches State Supreme Court

by Elizabeth Snell

Oral arguments in a patient privacy case were presented to the California Supreme Court earlier this week, claiming that controlled substance prescription data collected and submitted to the state justice department should remain protected. In...

Prioritizing Healthcare Data Security in Aggregation, Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Data aggregation is quickly becoming a larger issue in healthcare, especially as organizations begin to switch over from fee-for-service models to value-based healthcare. As entities continue to gather, store, and transfer sensitive information,...

NY Computer Virus Raises Healthcare Data Security Concerns

by Kate Monica

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) has been battling a computer virus that was discovered on its computer system early Sunday morning, causing concern over the organization’s healthcare data security. The hospital has voluntarily shut down...

ONC Reiterates Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Need in PMI

by Elizabeth Snell

The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is a federal research program that hopes to improve how disease is treated, but there are still healthcare data privacy and security concerns. However, ONC explained in a recent blog post that keeping data...

Healthcare Data Breach Risk Higher in Larger Facilities

by Elizabeth Snell

Having greater access to healthcare data, which is common in larger hospitals and teaching-focused facilities, can create a higher data breach risk, according to a recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. There is a “fundamental...

Maintaining Health Data Privacy in Precision Medicine Push

by Elizabeth Snell

As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and put PHI at risk, precision medicine guidelines need to be updated to account for new health data privacy threats, according to a recent opinion piece published in the Oxford University Press. The...

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