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Care New England Health System Will Pay $400,000 Settlement for Potential HIPAA Violations

September 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Providence, R.I.-based Care New England Health System has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle potential HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules violations, stemming from a 2012 data breach at Woman and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

Study: 30 Percent of Patient Data Breaches Involve Business Associates

September 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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So far in 2016, third-party data breaches have impacted 4.5 million patients, indicating that third-party business associates pose an alarming risk to patient data, according to a new report from Protenus and DataBreaches.net.

In Briefing with Trade Press, Dr. Vindell Washington Affirms ONC’s Data Sharing Priorities

September 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a small gathering with health IT trade press on Sept. 19, Vindell Washington, M.D., newly-appointed National Coordinator for Health IT, reiterated the ONC's overarching goal to improve healthcare interoperability through a variety of initiatives.

8.8 Million Patient Records Breached in August

September 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Nearly 20 million patients have been affected by personal health information breaches this summer, with 8.8 million records breached in August alone, according to The Protenus Breach Barometer.

Eight Reasons Why You Need to Audit Your Data Security Plan

September 2, 2016  |  By Lee Barrett, Executive Director, EHNAC
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Not every provider, clearinghouse, health plan or business associate needs the same type of plan or level of auditing scrutiny, but they all need a data protection plan and an audit to verify it or fill in its coverage gaps.

Indiana Medical Clinic and Long Beach Health Plan Report Data Security Incidents

August 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Orleans Medical Clinic located in southern Indiana reported that it was recently the victim of a hacking incident of its network server resulting in inappropriate access to the protected health information about 6,800 patients.

OCR Announces Initiative to Focus Investigations on Smaller Data Breaches

August 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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As healthcare organizations of all sizes are impacted by data theft, ransomware and privacy violations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) plans to devote more resources to investigating smaller breaches.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Deploys Text Messaging Platform To Enhance Patient Communication, Engagement

August 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has partnered with digital health startup Well on a secure text messaging platform that will enable front office staff to more effectively communicate with patients.

Nearly 130K Records Breached in July with TheDarkOverLord as Main Culprit

August 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A total of 39 incidents and 126,930 records breached in the U.S. involving protected health information or medical/health information were either disclosed or reported in July, according to The Protenus Breach Barometer.

FBI Agent to CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum: Healthcare Leaders Still Not Up to Speed on Basic IT Security Tasks

August 10, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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FBI Supervisory Special Agent Scott Augenbaum told CHIME/AEHIS LEAD Forum attendees in Nashville on Monday that the leaders of healthcare organizations need to move forward now to implement comprehensive IT security strategies

Advocate Health Care Agrees to Pay $5.55 Million to Settle Potential HIPAA Violations

August 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Advocate Health Care Network, an Illinois-based integrated health care delivery system, has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, stemming from data breaches affecting the protected health...

Study: Medical Students Use EHRs to Track Former Patients

July 26, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Medical students are continually using electronic health records (EHRs) in training, using the technology to track former patients after they have left one’s direct care, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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