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Report Finds 16.6M Affected by 2016 Healthcare Data Breaches

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There was a record number of healthcare data breaches reported in 2016, with unauthorized disclosures accounting for the majority of those incidents, according to the Bitglass 2017 Healthcare Breach Report. Hacking and IT incidents still pose...

Vendor Risk Management Key Focus in Recent HITRUST Program

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A new HITRUST exchange aims to help entities as they request and receive third-party security and privacy risk assessment information, streamlining the vendor risk management process. The HITRUST Assessment Exchange will utilize the HITRUST CSF...

MDLive Lawsuit Claims Patient Data Privacy Violations

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Allegations were recently filed against a telehealth provider, claiming that the company committed patient privacy violations and disclosed customer information to a third-party organization. MDLive, Inc. is facing a class-action lawsuit filed...

Va. Data Breach Legislation Update Accounts for Payroll Data

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Virginia recently updated its data breach legislation to require notification should payroll data become compromised. The amended statute applies to employers or payroll service providers who experience unauthorized access and acquisition of...

HHS OIG Phone Scam Raises Patient Data Privacy Concerns

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The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) hotline number for reporting fraud was recently spoofed, according to an HHS statement. Individuals reported receiving phone calls claiming to be from HHS OIG, requesting that they confirm personal information...

Do Healthcare Data Breach Lawsuits Have Reasonable Standards?

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Being able to prove fault in a healthcare data breach class action lawsuit is inherently difficult, but it is also important to understand the privacy expectations, according to a recent Corporate Clients Insight blog post. Data breach cases...

ONC Reiterates Healthcare Data Privacy, Security Need in PMI

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The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is a federal research program that hopes to improve how disease is treated, but there are still healthcare data privacy and security concerns. However, ONC explained in a recent blog post that keeping data...

Healthcare Data Breach Risk Higher in Larger Facilities

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Having greater access to healthcare data, which is common in larger hospitals and teaching-focused facilities, can create a higher data breach risk, according to a recent study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. There is a “fundamental...

Maintaining Health Data Privacy in Precision Medicine Push

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As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve and put PHI at risk, precision medicine guidelines need to be updated to account for new health data privacy threats, according to a recent opinion piece published in the Oxford University Press. The...

Roger Severino Appointed Office for Civil Rights Director

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Roger Severino was recently appointed as the new OCR Director. At the time of publication, OCR had not yet released a statement on the move. Previously, Severino served as Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society...

3 Critical Steps for Managing Third-Party Access to Your EHR

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Before a hospital grants any kind of network access to users from an outside organization, like a physician’s practice, it must determine to whom access is granted and for how long. It is a complex and essential process. This article will...

St. Charles Privacy Incident Leads to DA Criminal Investigation

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Oregon-based St. Charles Health System recently announced a privacy incident where an employee accessed approximately 2,500 patients’ electronic medical information without authorization. St. Charles explained in an online statement that...

How HIE Security Concerns Impact Patient Data Withholding

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Concerns over HIE security and how patient data may be shared or accessed could lead to patients withholding some of their personal information, according to Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD, MPP. Blumenthal explained in a recent...

N.M. Senate Committee Passes Data Breach Notification Bill

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A New Mexico data breach notification bill was recently passed by a state Senate Committee, and will move onto the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the Los Alamos Daily Post.   Rep. Bill Rehm introduced House Bill 15, and explained...

OIG Finds IT Weaknesses in MA Medicaid Management Info System

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The Massachusetts Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) was not adequately protected, which could have compromised the integrity of the state’s Medicaid program, according to a recent Office of Inspector General (OIG) report. These...

How HIPAA Regulations Allow for Patient Data Access

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Patients being able to access their own information is an essential right under HIPAA regulations, according to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). However, patient data access is often misunderstood, and individuals...

Physicians Charged with Healthcare Fraud, Identity Theft in PR

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A District of Puerto Rico Federal Grand Jury charged the owner of a durable medical equipment company and three physicians with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, healthcare fraud and aggravated identity theft.  The...

Maintaining Patient Data Privacy, Security in Data Sharing

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Being able to efficiently share patient information can help providers in numerous ways, including avoiding readmissions, avoiding medication errors, and even in decreasing duplicate testing. With even more interoperability tools at the ready,...

Appeals Court Dismisses VA Data Breach Lawsuit

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The US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, dismissed a data breach lawsuit earlier this month that alleged the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Dorn VAMC) had violated the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Administrative Procedure...

26% of Consumers Report PHI Stolen in Healthcare Data Breach

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As healthcare cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, it should come as no surprise that individuals may find themselves the victim of a healthcare data breach. A recent survey shows that medical identity theft is a top result of these data...

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