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Will Revised HIPAA Rules Encourage Greater Health Data Exchange?

September 20, 2017 - Updating HITECH and the HIPAA Rules by having providers and EHR vendors charge fees for health data exchange would help promote interoperability, according to Brookings Institution Non-Resident Fellow Niam Yaraghi. The current regulatory framework surrounding health information exchange is designed to fail, wrote Yaraghi, who is also an assistant professor of operations and information management...


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Stakeholders Highlight Secure Exchange in Comments to ONC

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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...

Recent Aetna Data Breach Leads to Class Action Lawsuit

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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 &...

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

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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...

Genome Study Claims Improved Patient Privacy Potential

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Sharing genome sequences is one way that researchers look to gather data for diagnosing diseases or even finding potential gene therapy targets. However, patient privacy concerns can prevent individuals from wanting to share their genomic information....

DE Data Breach Notification Law Includes Medical Information

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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....

Do HIPAA Regulations Need Updates on Patient Privacy?

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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...

Federal Appeals Court Overturns CareFirst Data Breach Ruling

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A Federal appeals court reversed a previous ruling over the CareFirst data breach that took place in 2015 and impacted 1.1 million current and former CareFirst members. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said “the...

Patient Privacy Included in Recent Opioid Records Senate Bill

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Recently passed legislation states that HHS will establish guidelines for when healthcare providers should prominently display a patient’s history of opioid use on his or her medical record. The bill also underlines the importance of maintaining...

Legislation Aims to Unite HIPAA Rules, Substance Use Records

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Congressmen Tim Murphy and Earl Blumenauer introduced legislation last week that would help align 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2 (Part 2) with HIPAA rules, ensuring that substance use disorder patients can receive proper care while their...

CA Supreme Court Rejects Physician Patient Privacy Claim

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A California physician’s claim that the state medical board committed patient privacy violations when it obtained an individual’s prescription records without a warrant was recently rejected by the California Supreme Court. The medical...

ONC Stresses Improved Patient Data Access Measures

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Healthcare organizations need to improve their processes for patient data access measures, as this will reduce consumer burden and also help entities coordinate better care, according to an ONC report. ONC explained in Improving the Health Records...

Calif. Patient Data Sharing Guidance Aids Mental Health Care

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Recently announced authoritative but non-binding patient data sharing guidance could potentially aid behavioral healthcare providers in safely sharing substance use disorder and mental health patient records. The California Office of Health Information...

Medical Record Security Key Focus in Indiana Senate Bill

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Database owners are now required to ensure medical record security by safeguarding healthcare data stored in their systems, according to a recently updated Indiana bill. Senate Bill 549 changed the definition of “abandoned” medical...

AMIA Stresses Patient Data Security Concerns in Federal Rule

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As technology and informatics tools have continued to evolve, more provisions are needed to bolster modern research while ensuring patient data security for research participants, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)....

FTC Data Security Enforcement Standard Center in LabMD Case

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District listened to oral arguments last week in the case of LabMD, Inc. versus the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Court must determine if the FTC overstepped its authority with its data security...

$115M Settlement Proposed in Anthem Data Breach Case

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Plaintiffs in the Anthem data breach litigation case recently filed a $115 million settlement proposal, which would also require the healthcare provider to guarantee a certain level of funding for information security. Anthem would also need...

Updated Google Policy May Affect Patient Data Security

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Google recently updated its privacy policy, which could have a positive effect on patient data security. As of last week, Google began removing private medical records from its search results. The Google “Removal Policies” page now...

Healthcare Data Breach Costs Highest for 7th Straight Year

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Healthcare data breach costs are the highest among surveyed sectors for the seventh straight year, according to the 2017 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Overview. The average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, which...

$130K NY State Settlement from Late Data Breach Notification

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CoPilot Provider Support Services, Inc. recently agreed to a $130,000 settlement with New York after the company was found to have violated state data breach notification law, according to the New York Attorney General’s office. CoPilot...

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