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How Vendors, Providers Can Create Strong Health Data Security

September 19, 2017 - When it comes to maintaining HIPAA compliance, both healthcare providers and their chosen third-party vendors – or business associates – need to work together for comprehensive and current health data security. Compliance can get organizations into trouble if they think of it as a destination, according to Tim Feldman, Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare Compliance...


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CO Hospital Email Breach Possibly Exposes PHI of 3.4K Families

by Kate Monica

Children’s Hospital Colorado recently informed patients of a potential security breach possibly affecting the PHI of nearly 3,400 patient families. On July 11, 2017, Children’s Colorado discovered an employee’s email account...

How HIPAA Rules Apply with Law Enforcement Investigations

by Elizabeth Snell

HIPAA rules are meant to protect patient information, but what happens when there is a law enforcement investigation? Are police officers allowed to demand PHI without a warrant? That issue was brought forth in August 2017 when video was released...

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Sued Following HIPAA Violation

by Elizabeth Snell

New York-based Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital is being sued for faxing patient PHI to the patient’s employer, a reported HIPAA violation that has already resulted in an OCR HIPAA settlement. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman represent...

OCR Urges Disaster Recovery, Health Data Backup in Storm Prep

by Elizabeth Snell

As healthcare organizations prepare for potential natural disasters, it is essential that they have contingency plans in place that include a data backup plan and disaster recovery plan, according to a recent OCR release. Hurricane Irma is predicted...

Why Halifax Health Opted for a New Secure Texting Option

by Elizabeth Snell

There is a fine line between implementing innovative technologies, such as secure texting solutions, and ensuring healthcare data security. Additionally, physician and clinician workflow must also be considered with any new systems or devices....

Ransomware Attack May Impact 19K Oncology Hematology Patients

by Kate Monica

On June 17, 2017, Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA suffered a ransomware attack potentially impacting some patient EHRs on the practice’s server and computer workstations, according to an online statement. The potentially affected...

Stakeholders Highlight Secure Exchange in Comments to ONC

by Elizabeth Snell

In response to the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement from ONC, organizations have been submitting comments focusing on secure exchange, the need for standardization, and non-discrimination in...

Kentucky HIPAA Violation Case Ruling Held by Appeals Court

by Elizabeth Snell

A Kentucky hospital was found to have acted lawfully when it fired a nurse for committing a HIPAA violation, according to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The Appeals Court held a lower court’s dismissal of the nurse’s claim that her...

OCR: Staff Training Key for Data Security, Avoiding Scams

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations should ensure they are implementing strong staff training measures to maintain data security in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to the August OCR Cybersecurity Newsletter. Potential scammers may try and take advantage...

HHS Reviews HIPAA Rules Following Hurricane Harvey

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare providers can face numerous challenges during natural disasters, including adhering to HIPAA rules while working to provide proper patient care through an emergency. HHS recently released a bulletin to help guide covered entities through...

Recent Aetna Data Breach Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

by Elizabeth Snell

A federal class action lawsuit was recently filed against Aetna after it reportedly experienced a data breach that may have affected thousands of individuals. The Legal Action Center, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and Berger &...

AHA Urges Reduced Data Sharing Barriers in HIPAA Regulations

by Elizabeth Snell

Having reduced data sharing barriers in current HIPAA regulations is just one way Congress can help reduce the regulatory burden on hospitals, health systems and patients, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). AHA highlighted...

How HIPAA Regulations Can Ease Information Blocking

by Elizabeth Snell

Even with more healthcare organizations adopting EHRs and working through the Meaningful Use program, covered entities still struggle with health information exchange. However, HIPAA regulations could be a boon to providers, according to former...

St. Mark’s Ransomware Attack Could Affect 33K Patients

by Kate Monica

St. Mark’s Surgery Center, LLC suffered a ransomware attack between April 13 and April 17, 2017 that impacted its server, according to an online statement. On May 8, 2017, a forensics team found evidence the attack potentially affected...

Maintaining PHI Security with Specialized mHealth App Usage

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare secure messaging is an increasingly popular way for clinicians to communicate with patients, even offering patients the chance to better manage chronic conditions. PHI security cannot be compromised with the technology though, and...

DE Data Breach Notification Law Includes Medical Information

by Elizabeth Snell

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....

New Mexico Medicaid Data Security Requires Improvements

by Elizabeth Snell

The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) has certain vulnerabilities in its Medicaid data security, which could put HSD operations at risk, according to a recent OIG investigation. HSD migrated from a legacy eligibility system to the Automated...

4 Benefits and Barriers in Utilizing Healthcare Cloud

by Elizabeth Snell

The healthcare cloud is becoming a more popular – and sometimes necessary – option for providers. Entities are evolving into the digital healthcare space, and are steering away from paper records. Data protection and business continuity...

Do HIPAA Regulations Need Updates on Patient Privacy?

by Elizabeth Snell

Current patient privacy laws, such as HIPAA regulations, may need to be adjusted to help individuals who are suffering from drug addiction, HHS Secretary Tom Price said in a recent White House press briefing. It is particularly devastating to...

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