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NIST Cybersecurity, Data Privacy Report Open for Comments


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) drafted a report from the Executive Technical Workshop on Improving Cybersecurity and Consumer Privacy, and the NIST cybersecurity draft focuses on how data is securely transmitted. “We’d...

Industry Leaders Discuss Data Privacy in Stage 3 MU


The Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposal had a large focus on EHR interoperability and data quality. However, keeping patient health information secure was still a top priority in CMS’ recently published draft, as Stage 3 MU will continue to ensure...

Data Breach Lawsuit Against Horizon BCBS Dismissed


The class action data breach lawsuit against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey was dismissed on March 31, with the judge citing that an injury sufficient to confer standing was not proven. According to New Jersey U.S. District Judge...

Prioritizing Patient Privacy Essential with EHR Transition


As more healthcare providers and hospitals implement EHRs and connect to HIEs, prioritizing patient privacy must remain a top priority. Individuals need to not only feel confident in that they will receive quality care, but also that their sensitive...

De-Identification of Data: Breaking Down HIPAA Rules


The de-identification of data is an important part of healthcare technology, especially as the use of EHRs and HIEs becomes more prominent. The HIPAA Privacy Rule states that once data has been de-identified, covered entities can use or disclose...

President Continues Push for Stronger Cybersecurity Measures


President Barack Obama recently signed an executive order designed to create stronger cybersecurity measures and punishment for cyber criminals. Titled, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled...

Calif. Patients Say HIEs Worsen Patient Data Privacy


While EHRs and HIEs are being touted as necessary tools for the improvement of the nation’s healthcare system, some Californians believe that the use of HIEs in fact worsen patient data privacy, according to a recent study. Approximately 40...

Why a Data Breach Bill Was Blocked in N.M. Senate


A data breach bill failed to pass in the New Mexico Senate last week, which could lead some consumers to think that their government potentially was not concerned over the security of their personal information. However, comments from lawmakers...

Additional Data Breach Bills Lack Federal Standards


Two data breach bills introduced last week by Rep. Jim Langevin are set to directly compete with previously announced legislation put into play by House Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Peter Welch. One piece...

Data Breach Notification Bill Fails to Pass N.M. Senate


The New Mexico Senate did not pass a recently proposed data breach notification bill, even though the bill was unanimously passed by the House earlier this year. HB 217 required that businesses notify customers if their personally identifiable...

Is Patient Data Security At Risk with New Platform?


Patient data security should be a top priority for healthcare providers, even as new technology is implemented that gives individuals more control over their records. A new online platform though could potentially put some of that information...

Will Minn. EHR Interoperability Law Compromise Privacy?


Minnesota is currently one of two states with an EHR interoperability law, requiring providers to not only use EHRs, but also connect to a state-certified health information organization. However, critics claim that patients’ medical data would...

How Does Stage 3 Meaningful Use Affect Health Data Privacy?


Health data privacy and security measures need to remain a top priority for covered entities, and CMS’ recent proposal for Stage 3 Meaningful Use does not forget that fact. Numerous administrative and technical changes were suggested, and while...

Breaking Down HIPAA: Health Data Encryption Requirements


Health data encryption is becoming an increasingly important issue, especially in the wake of large scale data breaches like Anthem, Inc. and Premera Blue Cross. The HIPAA Omnibus Rule improved patient privacy protections, gave individuals new...

Senate Leaders Call for Anthem Data Breach Notification


Data breach notification letters about the Anthem breach are not being sent out in timely enough fashion, according to Senate health committee leaders. Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray wrote a letter...

Reactions to the Premera Blue Cross Breach


The Premera Blue Cross breach potentially put the protected health information (PHI) of approximately 11 million members at risk. The incident is being called a “sophisticated cyber attack” by Premera President and CEO Jeff Roe, and was discovered...

Phishing Scam Leads to Potential PHI Exposure


Employees at Children’s National Health System (Children’s National) allegedly fell victim to phishing scams toward the end of last year, which led to potential PHI exposure for some patients. Children’s National explained in...

Premera Health Data Breach May Affect 11M


Premera Blue Cross announced today that it was the “target of a sophisticated cyber attack,” leading to a health data breach that could potentially affect 11 million individuals. The Premera health data breach was discovered by the company on...

Hacking Incidents Create Data Breach Security Concerns


Current technical safeguards are a critical aspect of any healthcare organization’s security measures, especially as data breach security concerns increase. Third-party hacking incidents can lead to patient privacy issues, and also create issues...

New Data Breach Security Bill Faces Early Criticism


The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will meet tomorrow to discuss the details of the recently announced data breach security bill. However, the “Data Security and Breach Notification Act” is already receiving some pushback...


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