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November 11, 2016  1:01 PM

ONC health IT report: EHR use up, but work remains

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
Health IT, HIPAA, information blocking, Interoperability, ONC

The 2016 annual report from Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology found that the use of EHR technology has dramatically increased in the past eight years. The report stated that 96% of hospitals and 78% of physician offices used certified EHRs in 2015. This is a...

October 12, 2016  1:45 PM

OCR HIPAA guidance

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Cloud Computing, HIPAA, OCR

As Boston lawyer and HIPAA healthcare expert David Harlow points out in his eminently useful blog post on the


August 19, 2016  12:26 PM

Many health and fitness apps lack privacy policies

Tayla Holman Tayla Holman Profile: Tayla Holman
HIPAA

A recent study by the Future of Privacy Forum found that the top health and fitness apps lag behind other types of apps in terms of privacy policies -- only 70% of the top 100 health and fitness apps had a...


July 27, 2016  1:59 PM

Most hospitals say they have EHR disaster recovery plans

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
Disaster Recovery, HIPAA, HIPAA audits, OCR

While about a third of U.S. hospitals reported to the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services that they don't have HIPAA-compliant EHR disaster recovery plans, most hospitals told OIG they have comprehensive plans to recover patient data after a...


March 25, 2016  3:36 PM

HIPAA audits and their discontents

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA compliance audits, OCR

Now that it appears the long-awaited HIPAA audits of healthcare organizations and their business associates are actually starting, it's worth noting that not everyone is thrilled about the prospect. Indeed, one consultant told me that a lot of IT folks at provider organizations were in a state...


March 9, 2016  1:54 PM

Anxiety about cyberattacks on health data prompts OCR-NIST crosswalk

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
cybersecurity, HIPAA, nist, OCR

With worry about cyberattacks on health data networks at an all-time high, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is drawing on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for help in


February 9, 2016  4:23 PM

ONC says HIPAA doesn’t impede health IT interoperability

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
HIPAA, HIPAA Compliance, Interoperability, OCR, ONC, PHI

Officials at ONC are determined to smother the notion that HIPAA and its PHI regulations interfere with providers' capacity to exchange patients' health information. At least that's the implication behind a collection of educational resources being published and promoted by ONC. In response to...


January 12, 2016  11:22 AM

OCR issues reminder about patient health information access under HIPAA

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
hhs, HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, OCR, PHI

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services is trying to change the perception of what HIPAA does for patients. HIPAA is commonly thought of as a rule that requires health organizations to secure patients'


December 23, 2015  2:52 PM

Amid holiday cheer, OCR issues warnings in form of resolution agreements

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA security rule, OCR

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HIPAA-enforcing arm, OCR (Office for Civil Rights), has bestowed a few early Christmas presents on healthcare providers and their business...


December 1, 2015  11:30 AM

Hospital fined $850,000 for ePHI breach

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
hhs, HIPAA, HIPAA data breach, OCR, OIG, PHI

A stolen laptop can be worth more than $800,000. At least that was the case with a laptop taken from Lahey Clinic Hospital, Inc. in 2011. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently ruled that Lahey -- based in Burlington, Mass. -- must


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