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Security Leaders Will Need to Protect Patient Privacy at Home

October 15, 2018 - 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 some point, I’m going to have start thinking about how to protect patients in their home. My information security program is not going to just...


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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...

Feds Need to Do Better Job With EHR Data Security, Privacy

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The US federal government needs to do a better job at EHR data security and privacy, concluded a federal IT systems audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released May 23. The federal government also must ensure privacy is...

Healthcare Data Breaches Now Covered by Arizona Law

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Arizona is now including healthcare data breaches in its data breach notification law. Under legislation introduced in January and signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey earlier this month, information about an individual's...

Health Data Privacy Rears Its Head at Facebook Hearing

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During Congressional hearings last week, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called on Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to support her bill, Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act, which would...

Patient Privacy Protections Extended to EOB in Massachusetts

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Patient privacy protections have been extended to cover explanation of benefits (EOB) summaries sent out by health insurers, under a Massachusetts bill signed in to law by Governor Charlie Baker (R) earlier this month. Sensitive health...

Data Privacy Rights Hinder Effective Treatment, Warns AHA

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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...

HIPAA Covered Entities Get Pass on OR Data Breach Notification Law

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HIPAA covered entities in Oregon are exempt from a new requirement that organizations in the state report data breaches within 45 days of discovery. Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law at the end of March amendments (Senate Bill...

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