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Healthcare’s Dependence on Fax Machines Poses Risk to Health Data

November 14, 2018 - While the healthcare sector has some of the most advanced technology available, it’s oft perplexing to discover that about 75 percent of all healthcare communications are still processed by the antiquated fax machine. Security researchers have long chastised its use for a wide range of privacy issues, such as faxes with personal data being sent to the wrong recipient. The risk...


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NIH Reboots Genomic Data Access After Patient Privacy Fears Eased

by Fred Donovan

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has resumed public access to its genomic summary results after restricting access for ten years over patient privacy concerns. Genomic summary results “convey information relevant to...

OCR Drafts NPRM on ‘Good Faith’ Patient Data Disclosure Rules

by Fred Donovan

OCR is drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on “good faith” disclosures of patient data by healthcare providers in patient emergencies, such as an opioid overdose. This disclosure could be done without the...

Securing Patient Data While Embracing Innovation

by Insight

Healthcare organizations are increasingly looking to the latest technologies to improve patient care and cost efficiencies. These technologies include telemedicine and virtual care, mobile devices and wearables, the Internet of Things...

Best Practices for Providers to Secure Patient Data

by Insight

The number and frequency of cyberthreats to patient data show no sign of slowing down, with hackers devoting more time and resources to stealing patient data. As a result, healthcare organizations are becoming increasingly worried about...

Speed, Not Security, Tops Priority List for Blockchain in Healthcare

by Jessica Kent

While 84 percent of IT executives believe blockchain-based solutions are more secure than traditional systems, just 21 percent cited improved security and lower risk to data as the most significant benefit of blockchain adoption, according...

Some Healthcare Firms Struggle To Comply with EU Data Privacy Rule

by Fred Donovan

Around one-third of healthcare organizations are still “on the journey” to comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), even though the GDPR took effect May 25, according to a cross-industry global survey...

Court Dismisses FTC Order on LabMD’s Data Security Lapses

by Fred Donovan

In a long anticipated ruling, a federal appeals court has thrown out a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) order directing the now-defunct medical testing firm LabMD to overhaul its data security program. In 2013, the FTC filed a complaint...

Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology Suffers Ransomware Attack

by Fred Donovan

Minnesota-based Associates in Psychiatry and Psychology (APP) said that it suffered a Triple-M ransomware attack on March 30-31. It notified OCR on May 18 that 6,546 individuals were affected by the attack. APP related that Eastern...

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...

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...

Data Privacy Rights Hinder Effective Treatment, Warns AHA

by Fred Donovan

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is pushing for passage of HR 3545, the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, which would curb data privacy rights under 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2 that prevent healthcare...

How EU Data Privacy Rule Could Impact US Healthcare Providers

by Fred Donovan

US healthcare organizations that handle personal information of EU individuals will face stricter regulatory requirements and possibly hefty fines under the EU’s new data privacy rule set to take effect May 25, 2018. The General...

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Fesses Up to Phishing Attack

by Fred Donovan

Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield admitted March 30, 2018 that the personal data of 6,800 CareFirst members may have been exposed by a phishing attack that compromised an employee’s email account. Information that could...

Healthcare Data Breach Leads to Identity Theft Guilty Plea

by Elizabeth Snell

Robert Ashley Bond of Thackerville, Oklahoma recently pled guilty to charges over his alleged involvement in a 2017 healthcare data breach.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of...

Uber Health Prioritizes Patient Data Security, HIPAA Compliance

by Elizabeth Snell

Ridesharing company Uber launched a platform in March 2018 that aimed to provide more transportation options to patients. Individuals can use Uber Health to get a ride to their provider, while being reassured that HIPAA compliance remains...

Proper Paper Records Disposal Necessary for PHI Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Even as healthcare providers are increasingly implementing EHRs and patient data is being transferred to electronic form, organizations cannot overlook PHI data security measures with their paper records. Researchers at Toronto's St....

Data Security Key Consideration for Healthcare Blockchain Success

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare data security, data storage, data availability, and confidentiality are some of the most important characteristics in the application of healthcare blockchain, according to the latest edition of Blockchain in...

AHIMA Continues Push for Balance in Patient Data Access, Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare professionals should have access to their patients’ entire medical history, but patient data access and data security measures must also be considered, AHIMA members said in meetings with Congress today. Access to...

What the CareFirst Data Breach Decision Means for Healthcare

by Elizabeth Snell

In February 2018, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari in the CareFirst data breach case. CareFirst had requested the Court review the class action lawsuit against it that came from two separate incidents. The first occurred in June...

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