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Researchers Question Previous Health Data Breach Study

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Claiming that larger healthcare facilities have a higher risk of experiencing a health data breach “neglects inherent biases in data collection and reporting practices,” according to a letter published in the Journal of the...

FDA Urges Patient Data Access with Medical Device Information

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Medical device manufacturers should appropriately and responsibly allow patient data access with patient information collected from devices, according to a finalized document from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Sharing...

41% of Health Data Breaches Stem from Unintended Disclosure

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Unintended data disclosure, such as emails containing PHI sent to the wrong recipient or servers left publicly accessible, accounted for 41 percent of reported health data breaches the first nine months in 2017, according to research from...

Will Common Rule Changes Impact Health Data Security?

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) reiterated its support of considered changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or the Common Rule. Adjustments to the Common Rule could also have an impact on...

Single National Data Breach Notification Standard Proposed

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A recently proposed bill calls for a single national data breach notification standard, which would replace the existing state notification laws and “clarify and strengthen” organizations’ reporting obligations. Rhode...

Will Healthcare Blockchain Resolve Data Privacy Concerns?

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Healthcare blockchain is increasingly being viewed as a potential solution to numerous IT problems, such as connectivity issues, data privacy concerns, and patient record sharing barriers, according to a recent Black Book survey. The...

Tech Company Agrees to $264K Vermont Data Breach Settlement

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Technology company SAManage USA, Inc. recently agreed to pay $264,000 as part of a data breach settlement with the Vermont Attorney General, following a July 2016 incident. SAManage provides cloud-based IT support, which was used by WEX...

How Health Data Security Relates to Healthcare Biometrics

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Increasing government initiatives for improved health data security and privacy have helped aid to the growth of the healthcare biometrics market, according to a recent MarketsandMarkets report. More healthcare facilities are looking to...

Will Revised HIPAA Rules Encourage Greater Health Data Exchange?

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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