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January 23, 2013  5:13 PM

HIPAA omnibus rule’s comment responses shed light on rulemaking

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA business associate, OCR, Office for Civil Rights

As first reported in our story on the HIPAA omnibus rule earlier this week, if patients ask to have their health data sent via unencrypted email, it's not the health care...

June 26, 2012  8:53 AM

Patient data breach crisis outline can aid behavioral orgs

cbyertechtarget Profile: cbyertechtarget
behavioral health, Data breach, health care data breach, Office for Civil Rights

Although behavioral health clinics often have limited staff and resources, when a patient data breach strikes organization is the key to restore order. One way to do this is...


March 30, 2012  8:36 AM

The ABCs of federal regulation for mobile devices in health care

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
FCC, FDA, FTC, medical device security, mobile device management, nist, Office for Civil Rights

If it takes a village of federal agencies to raise the HITECH Act, it takes an alphabet soup of national departments to regulate the use of mobile devices in health care. During the...


November 10, 2011  12:46 PM

OCR to begin random audits for HIPAA compliance

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
HIPAA audits, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HIPAA violations, Office for Civil Rights

Until recently, a health care organization's HIPAA compliance was put to the test only when a patient specifically filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR).  But the


March 2, 2011  4:35 PM

On further review, $4.3 million Cignet HIPAA fine not a big surprise

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
Data breach, HIMSS11, Office for Civil Rights

Last week at the Health Information Management Systems Society's HIMSS11 conference, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Civil Rights (OCR) dropped a bombshell just as agency secretary Kathleen Sebelius was delivering her keynote: a


October 5, 2010  12:17 PM

Data breach notifications on the rise at Office for Civil Rights

JeanD Profile: JeanD
Data breach, Office for Civil Rights

Theft and loss of data continue to be the top causes of health information breaches, according to the latest report from the Office for Civil Rights. The office has found 160 reports of data breaches affecting more than 500 people, and 8,500 reports of breaches affecting fewer than 500 people as...


April 16, 2010  8:52 AM

Office for Civil Rights updates systems for breach notifications

JeanD Profile: JeanD
breach notification, Office for Civil Rights

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced it is modifying its Program Information Management Systems (PIMS) to accommodate the release of notifications of privacy breaches. Under the HITECH Act, organizations covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must...


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