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HIPAA Compliance

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...

November 16, 2015  6:16 PM

Lawyer suggests strategies to avoid texting risks with PHI

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA security, PHI, PHI encryption

Healthcare providers and their business associates are fast getting hip to the reality that it’s not OK to text protected health information (PHI). Not only does unsecure...

September 17, 2015  3:36 PM

$750,000 settlement points to the need for strong HIPAA policies

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
HIPAA, HIPAA audits, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA data breach, HIPAA enforcement, HIPAA healthcare data

Many have talked about how HIPAA audits have yet to materialize. But for some providers, HIPAA-related investigations are very much a reality. Take...

August 18, 2015  1:26 PM

Providers see employees as causes of healthcare data breaches

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data breach, HIPAA, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA data breach, Interoperability, ONC

Healthcare providers fear unseen enemies will compromise the safety of patients' protected health information, but their biggest worry is something they can't operate without: their employees. More than three-quarters of respondents to 0 Comments     RSS Feed     Email a friend

September 17, 2014  9:46 AM

Report documents health data security HIPAA compliance issues

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
health data security, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA data breach

Data security consultant and research firm the SANS Institute estimates that millions of healthcare IT systems are compromised and fail to meet HIPAA's network security requirements in its Health Care Cyberthreat Report....

June 12, 2013  2:53 PM

Patient portal messaging systems may help reduce malpractice liability

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA Compliance, malpractice, patient engagement, patient portal

Never mind the likely HIPAA violations that will occur when physicians and nurses start using their smartphones and iPads to message each other about patients, or worse yet, messaging patients directly  over such non-secure channels: It could also be ratcheting up your malpractice risk.

March 13, 2013  11:39 AM

At executive conference, PHI security experts preaching patient advocacy

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA Compliance, HITECH Act, patient advocacy, PHI

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Here at the Protected Health Information (PHI) Protection Network's first conference -- attended by senior health system IT leadership, HIPAA legal authorities and vendor privacy executives -- a theme is emerging in healthcare leaders'...

February 28, 2013  4:08 PM

OIG: Too many hospitals have weak PHI security, HIPAA compliance

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Encryption, HIPAA Compliance, OIG, PHI, Security

While few health care providers intentionally put protected health information (PHI) at risk, many are careless and fail to take adequate measures to actively protect sensitive data, leading to HIPAA compliance problems. That is the message of a

January 30, 2013  4:08 PM

HIPAA enforcement: Can Google be liable as a business associate?

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA violations

What do attorneys and compliance experts have to do between now – just weeks after the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the new HIPAA enforcement rule – and...

January 24, 2013  3:38 PM

Health care providers have few secure file sharing sites

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
Data breach, file sharing, HIPAA, HIPAA Compliance, HIPAA security

Medical professionals need ways to share files with one another. The problem is that popular file sharing sites like Dropbox and email...

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