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Survey: Most Vendors Not Prepared to Comply with Data Protection Standards

October 10, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Two thirds of healthcare industry vendors report they are not prepared to comply with HITRUST healthcare data protection standards, according to a survey by New York City-based advisory firm KPMG.

OCR Offers Guidance on HIPAA and Cloud Computing

October 7, 2016  |  David Raths
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The Health & Human Services Office of Civil Rights has provided guidance around several questions regarding cloud service providers and HIPAA.

OCR: Business Associates Blocking Access to Data are in Violation of HIPAA

October 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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It is an impermissible use of protected health information (PHI) for a business associate to block a healthcare provider’s access to data in order to resolve a payment dispute, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) stated...

HHS Funds “Cooperative Agreements” for Cybersecurity Support

October 4, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded “cooperative agreements” totaling $350,000 with the aim to strengthen the ability of healthcare and public health sector partners to respond to cybersecurity threats.

GAO Report Looks at HHS’ Capability to Protect Health Data

October 3, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report that calls into question the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) guidance for protecting electronic health information.

Uber, Circulation Collaborate on Hospital Pilot Program for Patient Transportation

September 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Boston-based startup Circulation, as Uber’s preferred healthcare platform partner, is launching a digital healthcare transportation platform as a pilot program at several East Coast acute care and children’s hospitals.

Are Fitness Apps Fit for Privacy Protection?

September 28, 2016  |  William A. Tanenbaum and Lourdes M. Turrecha, Arent Fox LLP
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Healthcare professionals who are in a position to recommend the use of fitness apps need to be aware that patients’ personal data can be used in ways that HIPAA would prohibit and that will surprise patients who are trying to be smart about fitness in a...

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.

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