The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has released further guidelines to help healthcare professionals fully understand Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws.
There were a number of reported healthcare data breaches this week, including Miami-based Jackson Health System reporting that a “rogue” hospital employee may have stolen confidential patient information affecting more than 20,000 patients.
President Barack Obama this week presented his last budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2017 and it includes a $22 million funding boost for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to support health IT interoperability programs and $51...
Lincare, a provider of respiratory and infusion therapy and medical equipment to in-home patients, has been ordered to pay $239,800 in civil money penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provides many pathways for permissibly exchanging Protected Health Information (PHI), the Office for the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) says in a recent commentary post and fact sheet.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) today announced proposed revisions to the privacy rules governing substance abuse medical records to facilitate health information exchange in support of delivery system reform.
While lost and theft of employee devices accounted for the majority (68 percent) of healthcare data breaches in 2014, last year was a different story, with 98 percent of breaches due to hacking, according to a Bitglass Healthcare Breach Report.
In an important patient care development last week, CHIME announced a $1 million National Patient ID (NPID) Challenge, which is a significant step in the right direction given the current healthcare landscape
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Health...
Centene Corp., the St. Louis, Mo.-based health insurer, has acknowledged that it is internally searching for six hard drives that contain personal health information (PHI) of approximately 950,000 individuals.