Will the Department of Health and Human Services' request for feedback on potential changes to HIPAA eventually result in modifications to the regulation, including certain provisions that touch on privacy and security issues? There's a long road to travel before any changes actually might get made.
Healthcare is the 2nd biggest contributing industry to overall breaches in 2017 with 334 breaches. Data breaches are crippling to any business, but are extra hard on healthcare organizations, considering the vast amount of sensitive information consumers trust them with and the irreparable damage to reputation that...
Organizations that don't properly guard their employees' healthcare data and violate HIPAA privacy standards are liable for large fines and often suffer significant brand damage and other negative consequences.
If hackers break into a healthcare company's systems, or an employee leaves a laptop in a coffee shop or...
The healthcare industry is now the second most targeted vertical in the world, however despite increased regulatory oversight, cyber threat awareness and security investments, breaches continue to happen. Personal health information (PHI) and electronic health records (EHR) are particularly sensitive as they are...
Although the passage by Congress of the Support for Patients and Communities Act this week is an important step in the nation's battle against the opioid drug addiction crisis, it lacks a critical privacy provision, says Geisinger Health CIO John Kravitz, who analyzes the implications.
As CISOs, CIOs and privacy officers look for ways to boost the timely, secure sharing of healthcare information to improve treatment, one obstacle that potentially stands in the way is CFR-42 Part 2, a 1970s-era regulation. Dozens of healthcare organizations are pushing Congress to change that regulation.
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Making bigger advances in implementing nationwide health information exchange will require a multipronged effort, including getting patients more involved and using a variety of technical approaches, says Scott Stuewe, the new president and CEO of DirectTrust.
Although the outlook for advancing interoperable, secure national health information exchange is promising, many significant challenges still must be overcome, says David Kibbe, M.D., founding president and outgoing CEO of DirectTrust.
More than a dozen technology and medical organizations are asking HHS why it's taking so long to issue regulations aimed at limiting the blocking of health information sharing. The regs were called for in a law passed in 2016.
As Amazon expands its activities in healthcare, include a high-profile venture into the pharmacy business, the online retail giant will face a wide variety of important privacy issues, attorneys Jeffrey Short and Todd Nova explain.
Healthcare organizations are attractive targets for today's hackers due to reams of personal information providers process and store. These electronic health records are like digital gold to adversaries who sell them on the black market.
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HHS is considering making changes to federal privacy regulations governing health data - including HIPAA and the 42 CFR Part 2 law. While regulatory experts are already debating whether changes to HIPAA are, indeed, needed, many say changes to the 42 CFR Part 2 are long overdue.
Finding out your healthcare organization has been breached can be devastating news. Knowing how to deal with an intruder who has broken through your cyber defenses can be even more challenging.
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