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Illinois Provider Pays $31,000 HIPAA Settlement Due to Lack of BA Agreement

April 21, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Center for Children’s Digestive Health has paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $31,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and agreed to implement a...

Report: Data Breach Incidents in March Affected 1.5 Million Patient Records

April 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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There was a sharp spike in the number of breached patient records as the result of data breach incidents in March, with this month seeing 2.5 times the number of breached records in January and February combined, according to the latest Protenus “Breach Barometer...

Former OCR Advisor on HIPAA Compliance and Data Breaches: “This is a Management Problem, Not a User Problem”

April 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at Austin-based CynergisTek and former HHS OCR senior advisor, shares his perspective about HIPAA compliance issues and why hospital executives need to sit up and notice OCR’s enforcement activities.

Denver-Based FQHC Will Pay $400,000 HIPAA Settlement

April 12, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that a Denver-based provider, Metro Community Provider Network, has agreed to pay $400,000 and to implement a corrective action plan to settle potential noncompliance with HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

Pediatric Group Reports Ransomware Attack Impacting 55,000 Patients’ Data

April 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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A pediatrics practice, ABCD Pediatrics, serving the San Antonio, Texas metropolitan area reported that it was hit with a ransomware attack and the virus began encrypting the practice's servers, however, the encryption was slowed significantly by existing...

Report: 72 Percent of Healthcare Employees Are Security "Risks" or Security "Novices"

April 5, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Only 28 percent of healthcare employees demonstrated the privacy and security awareness to prevent incidents that could lead to the exposure of protected health information (PHI) and other forms of personal data, according to a recent MediaPro survey.

Trump Administration Appoints Roger Severino to Head Office for Civil Rights

March 24, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Roger Severino, a former staffer at The Heritage Foundation, has been appointed as the director of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Report: 60 Percent of Healthcare Data Breaches in February Came From Within the Organizations

March 20, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In February, hacking incidents only accounted for 12 percent of total healthcare data breach incidents, yet insiders were responsible for almost 60 percent of the total breach incidents during the month, which points to a troubling trend, according to the latest...

The Connected Health Initiative Launches ‘HIPAA Check’ Tool for App Developers

March 9, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Connected Health Initiative, with ACT | The App Association, has developed an interactive tool to help software and app developers determine how their technology fits within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) privacy and...

AHIMA Publishes Toolkit for On-Site OCR HIPAA Phase 2 Audits

March 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) has released its newest toolkit, the “External HIPAA Audit Readiness Toolkit,” to assist organizations in preparing for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Phase 2 audits.

HITRUST Develops Security Framework for Small Healthcare Organizations

March 1, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Health Information Trust Alliance, HITRUST, has announced updates to the HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) and a new CSF initiative targeting smaller healthcare organizations to support their information risk management programs and improve their cyber...

Study: Cybersecurity Budgets, Staff Growing, but Many Organizations Still Lagging

February 27, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Cybersecurity budgets are growing and healthcare organizations are allocating more employees to IT security compared to a year ago, however, despite the progress, significant gaps remain, according to a study from HIMSS Analytics and Symantec released last week...

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