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DE Data Breach Notification Law Includes Medical Information

August 22, 2017 - Delaware Governor John Carney signed a bill last week to update the state’s data breach notification requirements. As part of extending cybersecurity protections, the law accounts for medical information being compromised in data breaches. Carney said in a statement that House Substitute 1 for House Bill 180 is important as the cybersecurity threats increase and threaten personal data....


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Patient Privacy Included in Recent Opioid Records Senate Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

Recently passed legislation states that HHS will establish guidelines for when healthcare providers should prominently display a patient’s history of opioid use on his or her medical record. The bill also underlines the importance of maintaining...

CA Supreme Court Rejects Physician Patient Privacy Claim

by Elizabeth Snell

A California physician’s claim that the state medical board committed patient privacy violations when it obtained an individual’s prescription records without a warrant was recently rejected by the California Supreme Court. The medical...

Updated Google Policy May Affect Patient Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

Google recently updated its privacy policy, which could have a positive effect on patient data security. As of last week, Google began removing private medical records from its search results. The Google “Removal Policies” page now...

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...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners Selected

by Elizabeth Snell

The ONC announced the winners of its Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge, showing how Model Privacy Notice (MPN) generators can help consumers better understand a specific product’s privacy and security policies. Principal Deputy National...

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...

MDLive Lawsuit Claims Patient Data Privacy Violations

by Elizabeth Snell

Allegations were recently filed against a telehealth provider, claiming that the company committed patient privacy violations and disclosed customer information to a third-party organization. MDLive, Inc. is facing a class-action lawsuit filed...

Do Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits Have Reasonable Standards?

by Elizabeth Snell

Being able to prove fault in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit is inherently difficult, but it is also important to understand the privacy expectations, according to a recent Corporate Clients Insight blog post. Data breach cases...

N.M. Senate Committee Passes Data Breach Notification Bill

by Elizabeth Snell

A New Mexico data breach notification bill was recently passed by a state Senate Committee, and will move onto the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the Los Alamos Daily Post.   Rep. Bill Rehm introduced House Bill 15, and explained...

Considering HIPAA Privacy Rule with Mental Health Data

by Elizabeth Snell

The permitted uses and disclosures of PHI in the HIPAA Privacy Rule were key considerations in a recently passed bill package, which included reforms for patients being treated for mental health conditions. The Helping Families in Mental Health...

Research Data Privacy Regulations Updated in Final Federal Rule

by Elizabeth Snell

A final rule strengthening protections for research participants, including areas of data privacy was recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies. Current regulations, referred to as the “Common...

Patient Privacy Addressed in Recent HHS Confidentiality Rule

by Elizabeth Snell

The Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations were recently updated and modernized, specifically addressing patient privacy concerns for individuals seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder. The changes were...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Wants Online Patient Tool

by Elizabeth Snell

In an effort to create an online tool that will generate a user-friendly snapshot of a product’s privacy practices, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced the Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge earlier this week. Additionally,...

Are More State Data Breach Notification Laws Recognizing PHI?

by Elizabeth Snell

Federal regulations, such as HIPAA and the HITECH Rule, garner the majority of attention when it comes to the data breach notification process. However, state laws also exist, and tend to vary. Covered entities and business associates must ensure...

Maryland Court Dismisses CareFirst Data Breach Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed after the CareFirst data breach from last year failed to demonstrate sufficient standing, according to a Maryland district court. Pamela Chambliss and Scott Adamson claimed in their case against CareFirst...

How Do HIPAA Rules, Patient Privacy Apply in Emergencies?

by Elizabeth Snell

No healthcare organization wants to compromise patient privacy, and HIPAA rules were designed to ensure that this does not occur.   Covered entities of all sizes should understand how the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies in various situations....

Health Data Privacy Concerns Discussed in FTC Settlement

by Elizabeth Snell

A cloud-based EHR company has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations that it misled consumers and created potential health data privacy issues. Practice Fusion reportedly did not properly disclose to consumers...

Is Patient Privacy Violated with New Wellness Program Rules?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The recent revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) violate patient privacy regulations, announced the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) in an official press release....

PA Court Rejects Healthcare Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently dismissed claims in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit, explaining that the trial court needs to review the plaintiff’s claim under the Uniform Trade Practices and Consumer Protection...

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