BREAKING: HHS Releases HIPAA Update | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

BREAKING: HHS Releases HIPAA Update

January 17, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released an update to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), aiming to better protect patient privacy and safeguard patients’ health information in the digital age, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. 

The changes to HIPAA, according to HHS, are a bit consumer-focused. For instance, patients can now ask for a copy of their electronic medical record in an electronic form. Furthermore, HHS is allowing individuals the ability to tell their provider to not share information about their treatment with their health plan. There are also limits on how your health information can be used and disclosed for marketing and fundraising purposes. It also has forbidden the sale of a patients’ health information without their permission.

According to HHS, this HIPAA update will also expand the legislation to include greater focus and requirements of business associates of providers, payers, and other healthcare organizations that receive protected health information (PHI). HHS cites the fact that many of the largest data breaches in the past have been due to third-party mishap. As a result, penalties have been increased for noncompliance based on the level of negligence with a maximum penalty of $1.5 million per violation.

“This final omnibus rule marks the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented,” HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez said in a statement.   “These changes not only greatly enhance a patient’s privacy rights and protections, but also strengthen the ability of my office to vigorously enforce the HIPAA privacy and security protections, regardless of whether the information is being held by a health plan, a health care provider, or one of their business associates.”

These and other HIPAA changes can be viewed here.

Topics

News

Digital Health Venture Capital Funding Tops $4 Billion in First Half of 2017

Global venture capital (VC) funding for health IT companies in the first half of 2017 was 36 percent higher year-over-year with a record $4 billion raised in 359 deals versus the $3 billion raised from 286 deals in the first half of 2016, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group.

Survey: 76 Percent of Health IT Execs Confident that IoT Devices are Protected

A survey of IT decision-makers within the healthcare industry found that the majority of IT departments believe that existing security solutions for laptops and servers can also protect connected Internet of Things (IoT) medical devices.

Report: Clinical Decision Support Market to Reach $4.97B by 2021

A changing healthcare landscape that includes a shift to value-based reimbursement will transform the clinical decision support systems market in the U.S., according to a report from Frost & Sullivan.

Ed Marx Named as Next Cleveland Clinic CIO

The Cleveland Clinic has hired Edward Marx, a notable experienced health IT leader, to be its chief information officer (CIO), effective Sept. 1.

Baylor, Geisinger Partner on Diagnostic Safety Lab

Baylor College of Medicine researchers are teaming with integrated health system Geisinger to develop a systematic approach to measure and improve diagnostic performance.

Report: Epic Far Outperforms Other Practice Management Vendors in Overall Satisfaction

A new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research finds that practice management (PM) solutions vendors are struggling to provide consistent experience across practice size.