HHS has issued new health data privacy guidance and announced a contest to create an online "model privacy notice generator." Plus, it's issued a reminder about the importance of reviewing and securing audit logs to help prevent and detect breaches.
Although HIPAA requires healthcare organizations to conduct a periodic security risk analysis focused on systems containing PHI, larger entities should also perform more comprehensive security self-assessments, advises CISO David Loewy of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, who explains his approach.
In a reminder of HIPAA's tough requirements for breach notification, federal regulators have issued a $475,000 financial settlement and corrective action plan for Chicago-based Presence Health tied to its tardy notification for a 2013 paper records breach affecting only about 800 individuals.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) just celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 as one of the most significant pieces of healthcare-related legislation in U.S. history. Once viewed as a "paper tiger," it has taken many years for the full impact of HIPAA's data security provisions to be...
The transition to a new presidential administration makes forecasting for HIPAA enforcement activity in 2017 difficult, says privacy attorney David Holtzman of the consultancy Cynergistek, who sizes up what the HHS Office for Civil Rights might do this year.
The National Governors Association, in a new road map for improving nationwide secure health data exchange, proposes that states attempt to better align their privacy laws to the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule to help remove legal barriers.
Synchronoss' Tracy Hulver on New Identity Strategies for Connected Healthcare Threats
Attackers have healthcare entities in their crosshairs, and their favorite targets are easily compromised credentials. Tracy Hulver of Synchronoss Technologies offers new ideas for how security leaders can reduce risk and protect...
The impact of the patient data privacy and security provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law Dec. 13, will depend, in part, on who is chosen to study key issues and come up with recommendations, says attorney Steven Teppler.
Ransomware is going to get personal. Password managers will be huge targets. And we will see the rise of a whole new exploit kit. These are among the 2017 security predictions from Malwarebytes Laboratories.
And because these attacks are going to continue to result in big headlines, cybersecurity is going to grow as...
Federal regulators have issued new guidance to clarify what uses and disclosures of patient information for public health reporting, surveillance and investigations are permitted under HIPAA's privacy regulations.
President Obama is expected on Dec. 13 to sign the 21st Century Cures Act, which the Senate passed on Dec. 7. Among its long list of provisions, the bill lays out a number of privacy and security-related projects for HHS, including imposing fines on those that intentionally block health data information sharing.
The House has easily approved a heavily reworked version of the 21st Century Cures bill that was stripped of controversial proposed changes to HIPAA. The measure, which would provide $6.3 billion for various efforts to advance medical innovation and is backed by the White House, will proceed to the Senate next week.