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Why Email Failed To Replace Fax For Secure Document Exchange

by J2 Global

Sharing PHI in a HIPAA-compliant fashion using current health IT infrastructure continues to prove a pain point for covered...

AMA Examines Patient Privacy in Calif. Supreme Court Case

by Elizabeth Snell

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently weighed in on a California Supreme Court case debating whether patient privacy was violated following a government agency obtaining an individual’s prescription records without a...

How Can Providers Ease Patient Privacy Concerns?

by Elizabeth Snell

Individuals wanting to withhold medical information from providers could be a sign of patient privacy concerns with online tools. With numerous healthcare data breaches occurring in the last year alone, it should come as no surprise that...

Is PHI Security Strong Enough in the Workplace?

by Elizabeth Snell

Workplace wellness programs are on the rise, but does that mean that PHI security is being put at risk? PHI security is often an issue relegated to healthcare providers and insurers. However, as health and wellness programs increase in...

Virginia and California Face PHI Protection Problems

by Stephanie Reardon

As technology continues to evolve, it should come as no surprise that healthcare facilities are finding more ways to store and transmit protected health information (PHI). However, it is crucial that facilities keep sensitive data...

New Interoperability Program Set to Improve EHRs and HIE

by Elizabeth Snell

HIE security is crucial as more healthcare organizations work to improve interoperability programs. The Interoperability Workgroup (IWG) formed a strategic relationship with Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and...

Cedars-Sinai Data Breach Update: 33,000 Patients Affected

by Patrick Ouellette

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles announced an unencrypted laptop theft that compromised at least more than 500 patients’ data in August, but actual number of affected patients was unknown. The Los Angeles Times recently...

Report: Healthcare industry must focus on endpoint security

by Patrick Ouellette

It’s no secret that data encryption continues to be an IT security sore spot in the healthcare industry, but some recent Forrester Report findings reaffirm that endpoint security is a critical issue. According to the Wall Street...

Temple physicians office alerts 3,780 patients of data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

A Temple University physicians’ office recently notified 3,780 patients that their data was exposed after a laptop was stolen from its surgery department in July. Philly.com reports the Temple University physicians’ office...

Memorial Hermann Health System suffers internal data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Memorial Hermann Health System reported an internal data breach in which an employee was able to gain unauthorized entry into the organization’s electronic health record (EHR) system over a 6 ½ year period, accessing 10,604...

Patients file class suit v. CHSI over data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Though the Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHSI) data breach was announced more than a week ago, news related to the incident continues to filter out. First, five Alabamians filed a federal class action lawsuit against CHSI on August 21...

Cedars-Sinai reports unencrypted laptop theft, data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Despite having an organization-wide device encryption policy in place, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles announced an unencrypted laptop theft that may have compromised more than 500 patients’ data. According to the...

Maintaining HIPAA compliance by tracking IT system changes

by Michael Fimin

For the past few years, the requirements applied to IT technology in healthcare have expanded significantly, and the main three documents regulating them are the acts passed by Congress – HIPAA, HITECH and the HIPAA Omnibus Final...

Tennessee subcontractor tells 60,000 employees of PHI breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Onsite Health Diagnostics (OHD), a Tennessee government subcontractor, recently released a notice to local government employees explaining how their data may have been compromised when an unknown party inappropriately accessed OHD’s...

HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance tips for healthcare law firms

by Patrick Ouellette

In addition to covered entities, it is widely known that the HIPAA Omnibus Rule had a significant impact on business associates (BAs) and subcontractors. Interestingly, law firms that help covered entities comply with HIPAA regulations are...

Rady Children’s Hospital boosts data security training

by Patrick Ouellette

Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego suffered a human error-based data breach in June that affected 14,121 patients and the hospital’s administrators have since reported some steps taken to prevent a future occurrence. During...

Colorado Neurodiagnostics notifies patients of data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

Colorado Neurodiagnostics of Littleton, Colo. is alerting an unknown number of patients that their protected health information (PHI) had been compromised when a laptop with the data was stolen from its office. According to the Denver...

San Diego hospital notifies patients of data breach

by Patrick Ouellette

More than anything else, patient data breaches serve as strong reminders that user awareness and education should be at the forefront of healthcare organizations’ privacy and security procedures. Rady Children’s Hospital of San...

NYeC receives accreditation from DirectTrust.org, EHNAC

by Patrick Ouellette

The New York e-Health Collaborative (NYeC) attained full accreditation with the Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC). NYeC is...

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