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Key Factors for the HIPAA Privacy Rule in Emergencies


The HIPAA Privacy Rule was designed to help keep protected health information (PHI) from becoming exposed or easily accessible to the public. But what happens in an emergency situation? When does the public’s safety trump the privacy of...

Stolen Patient Records in Calif. Mean Possible Data Breach


A San Pablo, California-based doctor sent out notifications to patients that a robbery led to stolen patient records, as well as a credit card transaction register. Dr. Sharon J. Jones said that her office was broken into on Jan. 8, and that...

Will ONC Plan Protect Patient Privacy?


Even though efforts have been made to improve the healthcare industry, such as the passing of the HITECH Act, several lawmakers believe that more work needs to be done to protect patient privacy, further interoperability and reduce costs. Senators...

PHI Incidents Decrease 34 Percent in January for VA


The number of PHI incidents affecting veterans decreased by 34 percent from December 2014 to January 2015, according to the latest report from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA’s most recent data report sent to Congress found...

Should HIPAA Regulations Require Data Encryption?


Following the Anthem data breach where nearly 80 million individuals’ personally identifiable information was potentially exposed, certain HIPAA regulations are coming under scrutiny. In particular, organizations and legislators are beginning...

Potential HIPAA Violation From Minn. BCBS Nurse


A Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) nurse possibly committed a HIPAA violation after he inappropriately accessed a state database containing prescription information for 1 million Minnesotans, according to a WCCO-TV report. The BCBS nurse,...

Will Patient Privacy Violations Occur With Missouri Law?


Will the importance of the public’s safety outweigh concerns over potential patient privacy violations? That debate continues in Missouri, as lawmakers will soon discuss whether preschools and daycare centers must tell parents if there are...

Why Healthcare Privacy and Security Need a Holistic Approach


Regardless of an organization’s size, it’s essential that all healthcare privacy and security needs are taken into account in order to create a comprehensive and secure system. A holistic approach that reviews an organization’s technology...

Consumer Health Privacy Violated Online, Says New Study


Health privacy concerns could continue to rise, especially as a recent study showed that the majority of third-party companies potentially gained access to consumers’ health information from online searches. Specifically, an analyzation of...

Ill. News Station Uncovers Potential PHI Breach


A number of patients from Suburban Lung Associates in Illinois may face a protected health information (PHI) breach, when a local CBS affiliate received information that medical records had been found in a dumpster. According to the news station,...

Utah Senate Passes Medical Privacy Bill


Earlier this week, the Utah Senate advanced legislation that calls for greater restrictions in how an electronic prescription database is accessed by law enforcement. Senator Todd Weiler is sponsoring S.B. 119, and explained in a Senate video...

Anthem Data Breach May Impact 8.8 to 18.8M Non-Customers


On Tuesday, an Anthem, Inc spokesperson stated that anywhere from 8.8 million to 18.8 million non-customers could be impacted by the previously announced Anthem data breach, according to a Reuters report. Earlier this month, Anthem, Inc.announced...

Are HIPAA Regulations the Best Answer for Patient Privacy?


Patient privacy is an essential aspect of the healthcare industry, and HIPAA regulations were designed with that in mind. With the increase in EHR use, more facilities are turning to online systems. But are these new systems actually the most...

ONC Interoperability Roadmap Debated by Workgroup


The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Privacy & Security Workgroup met earlier this week to discuss certain aspects of the latest ONC Interoperability Roadmap and how healthcare facilities can securely collect, share, access and use...

Healthcare Data Breach Leads To State Court Case


A former patient filed a lawsuit against Aventura Hospital and Medical Center following the facility’s third healthcare data breach in two years. According to a report on, Kellie Lynn Case filed the suit in Miami Federal...

Health Data Security Part of OIG Health Reform Plan


The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to focus on health data security, specifically whether consumers’ personal information is safe, as part of its Health Reform Oversight Plan for 2015. “In...

PHI Data Breaches Increase 25% in 2014, Says Redspin Report


Last year, 164 PHI data breaches were reported to the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), according to the fifth annual Redspin data breach report. That is a 25 percent increase over 2013 and approximately...

Supreme Court Dismisses Medical Identity Theft Lawsuit


The Supreme Court has dismissed a class action suit for medical identity theft filed against St. Joseph Health System (SJHS), a healthcare facility in Texas. According to a report on, Beverly Peters, a patient of SJHS, filed...

HIE Security Underlined at Ohio HIT Event


HIE security is an essential aspect of an organization’s overall privacy and security measures, and facilities of all sizes can use HIEs for HIPAA compliant communications. Those ideas were just some of the discussion points at the recent Ohio...

Medical Identity Theft Increases 21%, Says Ponemon Study


When patients’ PHI is stolen, medical identity theft could occur. Moreover, providers that don’t comply with HIPAA standards could face heavy fines, as well as other challenges to their reputation and their patients’ security. According...


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