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HIPAA Privacy Rule

June 17, 2011  11:17 AM

Lessons learned from abroad: PHI encryption is essential

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
data breaches, HIPAA Privacy Rule, PHI encryption

If a health care organization can be fined $4.3 million over an incident involving a mere 41 patient records, imagine what the penalty might be for a...

June 7, 2011  11:56 AM

Hospitals eye wireless networks to boost satisfaction, connectivity

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
health IT security, HIPAA Privacy Rule, Wi-Fi, wireless networks

Hospitals seeking to enhance patient and employee satisfaction are integrating wireless networks as a perk, and Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) is no exception. The health...

May 2, 2011  12:47 PM

How to address HIPAA compliance under the HITECH Act

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Data breach, HIPAA Privacy Rule

The HITECH Act, as is now widely known, has had a dramatic impact on HIPAA compliance. Business associates as well as covered entities are now directly responsible for protecting...

April 25, 2011  12:00 PM

The cost of getting health care social media wrong

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
HIPAA Privacy Rule, social media

In the 1964 Supreme Court case Jacobellis v. Ohio, Justice Potter Stewart famously explained, in an attempt to define obscenity, that "I know it when I see it." The same...

February 23, 2011  3:11 PM

Organization fined $4.3 million for HIPAA Privacy Rule violation

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
hhs, HIMSS 2011, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act

While 30,000 health IT professionals enjoy tropical temperatures and magic kingdoms at the HIMSS 2011 conference in Orlando, Fla., one organization is facing the cold reality of...

June 17, 2010  2:01 PM

FAQ: How substance abuse confidentiality applies to HIE privacy

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
electronic health records, health information exchange, HIPAA Privacy Rule

One of the biggest concerns people have about national health information exchange (HIE) is the maintenance of patient privacy. Patients who attend drug or...

June 1, 2010  2:46 PM

The pains of health information exchange, and other news

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
health information exchange, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, tablet computer, Telemedicine

Health information exchange (HIE) represents a cornerstone of federal health IT policy. As our FAQ on health information exchange indicates, HIE is poised to alter...

May 25, 2010  9:35 AM

Doctors worry HIPAA Privacy Rule compliance piles on burdens

JeanD Profile: JeanD
HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, Medical Group Management Association

Doctors are unsure whether the electronic health record (EHR) systems they use will allow them to comply with various requirements under the HITECH Act, according to the results of an industry survey. The Medical Group Management...

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