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Arkansas Academic Health Center Reports Data Breach

November 27, 2012  |  Gabriel Perna
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), a large academic medical center, recently announced a data breach that affected approximately 1,500 patients. UAMS says a former physician, who was fired in 2010, kept patient lists and notes after leaving...

Why I Imagine Some Docs are Scared of Engaging Patients on Social Media

October 31, 2012  |  Gabriel Perna
A recent report, brought to my attention by the nice folks at The Advisory Board Company, looked at how more doctors in the U.K. are using the Medical Defence Union (MDU) because they are being stalked on social media by an infatuated patient. Reading this report...

Getting the Most Out of a HIPAA Risk Analysis

October 17, 2012  |  John DeGaspari
I recently had an opportunity to speak with Danny Creedon, managing director of Kroll Advisory Solutions in New York, who offered actionable advice on what healthcare providers can do reduce their risk of breaches, which result in monetary penalties as well as...

Time to Address BYOD is Running Out

October 4, 2012  |  Eric Mueller
Consumers along with physicians and nurses now use devices for both personal and professional purposes. Clinicians are bringing their own mobile devices (BYODs) in droves to work to communicate with each other about patients, exchange data and access medical apps...

Transforming the Health Plan Service Model

October 3, 2012  |  Karthik Ganesh
Changes in the industry landscape are forcing health plan leaders to reevaluate their value proposition while continuing to execute effectively on these core competencies. There is additional pressure on health plans to now be the engine that seamlessly powers...

Dude, Where's My HIPAA Omnibus Rule?

September 24, 2012  |  David Raths
The HIPAA Omnibus Rule's publication has been held up several times already, leaving healthcare attorneys and compliance specialists to speculate about the cause of the delay. Speaking at the Washington, D.C., Health Privacy Summit meeting in June, National...

Kentucky Health Agency Reports Data Breach

September 20, 2012  | 
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, home to most of the state’s human services and healthcare programs, has reported a data breach that occurred when an employee with the Cabinet’s Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) responded to a “...

Mass. Provider Pays $1.5 Million to HHS for Data Breach

September 18, 2012  | 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will collect $1.5 million from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates Inc. (MEEI) as a settlement for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and...

Telemedicine: Care Across the Miles

August 23, 2012  |  John DeGaspari
As technology becomes more pervasive in healthcare, examples of how it is being used effectively to improve care are cropping up everywhere. I came across one example yesterday, during a conference call regarding the announcement by the Centers for Medicare and...

Connecticut Hospital Reports Data Breach

August 1, 2012  | 
Hartford Hospital and VNA HealthCare are the latest in a line of numerous healthcare providers that have fallen victim to a data breach. The hospital and its affiliated home healthcare organization recently announced that an unencrypted laptop computer containing...

AARP Launches PHR

June 5, 2012  | 
The Association for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has teamed with Microsoft to launch AARP Health Record, an online personal health record (PHR) tool designed to help people over 50 manage and improve their health. The record, which connects...

Researchers Launch Health Information Law Website

May 25, 2012  | 
Researchers at The George Washington University's Hirsh Health Law and Policy Program have launched a website designed to serve as a practical online resource regarding federal and state laws governing access, use, release, and publication of health...


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