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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...

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...

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