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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...

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...

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...

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”...

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...

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...

$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...

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”...

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,...

$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...

NJ Gov. Seeks Ease in HIPAA Regulations for Opioid Fight

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will likely propose HIPAA regulations be loosened in cases of opioid overdoses, according to multiple news outlets. Christie spoke at Morristown Medical Center to the Partnership for a Drug Free New...

Curbing Medical Identity Theft with Improved Identification

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Medical identity theft is one of several outcomes that may occur following a healthcare data breach. Individuals may be faced with medical bills for treatments that they never received, and can spend years working to remove the incidents...

Plaintiff Dismisses MDLive Patient Data Privacy Lawsuit

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The plaintiff in a patient data privacy lawsuit filed against MDLive, Inc. voluntarily dismissed the suit on June 2, 2017, according to a press release. Joan Richards had filed the class-action lawsuit, claiming that an MDLive app asked...

ONC Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge Winners Selected

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The ONC announced the winners of its Privacy Policy Snapshot Challenge, showing how Model Privacy Notice (MPN) generators can help consumers better understand a specific product’s privacy and security policies. Principal Deputy...

Improving Patient Privacy, Workflow with HIPAA Compliant Forms

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Cloud-based services are quickly becoming more common in healthcare, especially as organizations are trying to find HIPAA compliant ways of keeping ePHI secure. However, these tools cannot hinder how physicians and staff members perform...

Virginia Mason Patient Data Privacy Breach Leads to Lawsuit

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After receiving $8.5 million in a medical negligence lawsuit, a Washington couple is filing another lawsuit against Virginia Mason Medical Center for its alleged actions following a patient data privacy breach. Matthew and Sarah Hipps,...

Senators, AHIMA Voice HIT Security, Interoperability Concerns

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Proposed budget cuts and workforce reductions to HHS could have a potential negative impact on successfully implementing the 21st Century Cures Act, according to several senators. Specifically, HIT security, interoperability, and even...

Maintaining HIPAA Privacy through Increased Patient Access

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The HIPAA Privacy Rule is not something that covered entities or business associates can afford to ignore, even as technology continues to evolve and patients have increased access to their own records. AHIMA raised a key issue though in...

Calif. Patient Privacy Case Reaches State Supreme Court

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Oral arguments in a patient privacy case were presented to the California Supreme Court earlier this week, claiming that controlled substance prescription data collected and submitted to the state justice department should remain...

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...

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