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AHA: Mental Health Reform Bill Does Not Go Far Enough to Modernize “Part 2,” Eliminate Barriers to Data Sharing

June 16, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, H.R. 2646, passed the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee this week and will move to the House floor, but the American Hospital Association voiced disappointment that the bill did not address patient privacy...

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Encouraging Device Makers to Share Data with Patients

June 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released draft guidance clarifying that device manufacturers may share patient-specific information from medical devices with patients when the patients request it.

HHS Releases Online Resources Focused on Patient Engagement and Patients’ Rights Under HIPAA

June 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed a series of videos aimed at clarifying patients’ rights to see and get copies of their health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Report: NFL Players’ Medical Records Stolen from Trainer’s Car

June 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Thousands of National Football League (NFL) players’ paper and electronic medical records dating from 2004 were stolen from a Washington Redskins’ trainer’s car earlier this year, according to a report from sports and news media site Deadspin.

DirectTrust Launches Patient-Centered HIE for Secure Sharing of Medical Records

June 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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DirectTrust announced the launch of the Partnership for Patients Program (P4PP) with the aim of improving the secure exchange of protected health information (PHI) between patients and providers.

Arizona HIE Integration Plan Supported by Regional Behavioral Health Authorities

May 31, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Arizona’s three regional behavioral health authorities (RBHAs) have joined in a statewide plan to integrate physical and behavioral health in the statewide health information exchange (HIE), The Network, the Arizona Health-e Connection (AzHeC) announced last week.

Awareness and Training: First Steps to Protecting Visual Privacy

May 13, 2016  |  Kate Borten, founder of The Marblehead Group consultancy
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While technical controls are indeed essential for protecting your organization’s most sensitive data, they by no means should be your only approach to ensuring data privacy. This is especially true when it comes to “visual” privacy.

As Opioid Legislation Moves Forward, AHA, Other Organizations Call for Changes to Part 2 Privacy Rules

May 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Several healthcare organizations are pressing federal legislators to amend the privacy laws of 42 CFR Part 2 to enable providers to access a patient’s entire medical record in order to better coordinate care for patients with substance use disorders.

Sixth Annual Ponemon Survey: Criminal Attacks Cause 50% of Breaches

May 12, 2016  |  David Raths
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Despite an increase in awareness about threats to patient data, the sixth annual survey of healthcare organizations by the Ponemon Institute suggests that the number and impact of data breaches are not declining.

Report: When It Comes to Healthcare Data Breaches, OCR Should “Prevent More than It Punishes”

May 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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To help prevent medical data breaches, healthcare organizations should embrace cyber insurance and better communicate with each other about security strategies, yet federal agencies also need to step up their preventive measures, according to a new report.

Is Encryption a Safe Harbor From Data Breach Reporting? Not in Tennessee

May 4, 2016  |  David Raths
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A recent amendment to Tennessee’s data breach notification statute has eliminated a provision requiring notice only in the event of a breach of unencrypted personal information.

NATE, CommonWell Come Together for Interoperability Goals

May 3, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) and CommonWell Health Alliance have announced that each would become a member of the other’s organization, agreeing to establish a complementary relationship with the goal of enhancing cross-vendor...

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