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Social Media Needs Transparent Privacy Policies for Healthcare Data

December 18, 2018 - Two healthcare leaders are calling for greater transparency and stronger laws that outline the data collection practices of social media platforms. In Applied Clinical Informatics, Carolyn Petersen, Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions Senior Editor, and Christoph Mehmann, MD, Professor for Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University outlined the privacy issues...


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Proposed Bill Gives Consumers Right to Dispute PHI Record Accuracy

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The Center for Democracy & Technology released a proposed draft federal privacy bill, centered around a consumer’s right to understanding where their data is located and reasonable access to data upon request. While the draft...

Fax Machine Purchases Banned by UK National Health Service

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Starting in January 2019, the U.K. National Health Service will be banned from buying fax machines for its hospitals and provider offices. Officials have also enacted a plan to phase out the legacy technology by April 1, 2020. All...

NIH Reboots Genomic Data Access After Patient Privacy Fears Eased

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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...

New Opioid Law Includes Expanded Patient Data Sharing Provision

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President Donald Trump signed into law this week a sweeping opioid measure that includes expanded patient data sharing regarding opioid and other substance addiction treatment information. The law, however, does not include a provision...

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

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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...

Security Leaders Will Need to Protect Patient Privacy at Home

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BOSTON – Healthcare security leaders need to think beyond protecting the organization to protecting patient privacy and data security at home in the coming years, observed Christiana Care Health System CISO Anahi Santiago. “At...

Woman Charges WV Firm With Violating Her Patient Privacy Rights

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Elizabeth Fry, a resident of Logan County, West Virginia, has filed a state lawsuit in Kanasha Circuit Court charging that Charleston-based Molina Information Systems violated her patient privacy rights by providing third party access to...

NTIA Privacy Principles Plan Parallels NIST Privacy Framework Bid

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In parallel with the NIST Privacy Framework effort, the Commerce Department’s NTIA is working on a set of consumer data privacy principles. On Tuesday, it published a request for comment to get consumer and industry feedback on the...

CMS Finds Minnesota Hospital Violated Patient Privacy Rights

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Minnesota-based Fairview Southdale Hospital violated patient privacy rights by taping patients without their knowledge or consent during psychiatric evaluations in the emergency room, a CMS investigation concluded. The CMS...

Patient Privacy, Data Security Top Cost for Healthcare Consumers

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Consumers ranked patient privacy and data security above cost of care as the most important concerns they have about healthcare, according to a recent survey of 1,000 consumers by health insurance company Aetna. Around 80 percent of...

Patient Privacy Impact of Technology Worries Healthcare Leaders

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Healthcare leaders are concerned about patient privacy issues when it comes to undertaking a technology adoption initiative, according to a survey of 347 US health physicians and executives by Ernst & Young. Other worries about...

Clinical Trial Subjects Unworried about Health Data Sharing Risks

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Fewer than 8 percent of clinical trial participants felt that security and privacy risks of health data sharing outweighed the benefits, according to a study by Stanford researchers recently published in the New England Journal of...

Some Healthcare Firms Struggle To Comply with EU Data Privacy Rule

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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...

Washington Bolsters Patient Privacy Rights with New Law

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A Washington state law (SB 6027) set to take effect June 7 limits the use of medical and mental health records in discrimination lawsuits, strengthening patient privacy rights, the Seattle Times reported.  The state House passed SB...

Personal Injury Attorney Ads Could Raise Patient Privacy Issues

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In a new trend that could raise patient privacy concerns, personal injury attorneys and marketers are using geofencing technology to deliver targeted advertisements to patients’ mobile phones when they visit emergency rooms or...

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