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Government Report Finds China Could Use Medical Data for Blackmail

February 15, 2019 - China has been rapidly increasing its investment in the US biotechnology sector in recent years, which has potentially given them access to genetic, private, and medical data that could pose a security risk, according to a new report from the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The commission was established by Congress to evaluate the national security implications of...


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Aetna Reaches Settlement with California Over 2017 Privacy Breach

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Aetna will pay California $935,000 for its 2017 privacy breach, stemming from a mailing error that inadvertently revealed the HIV-related information of 1,991 Californians and 12,000 total patients by the envelope’s clear...

North Carolina Reintroduces Strict Data Breach Notification Law

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North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and Rep. Jason Saine reintroduced data privacy legislation that would give organizations just 30 days to report a breach. For healthcare providers in the state, the law would effectively cut in...

NIST Risk Management Framework Update Addresses Privacy, Security

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the final version of its Risk Management Framework (RMF), addressing both privacy and security concerns around IT risk management. All federal agencies are required to follow the...

Social Media Needs Transparent Privacy Policies for Healthcare Data

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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...

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...

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