Federal regulators have smacked five more healthcare organizations with financial settlements for failing to provide individuals with timely access to health information as required under HIPAA. Earlier, regulators announced two other similar settlements.
If they were offered a substantial monetary payment or they faced certain challenging circumstances, some of those planning to enter the healthcare field admit they'd be willing to unlawfully obtain and disclose patient information, says Chul Woo Yoo, co-author of a recent study by three universities.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against Google and the University of Chicago Medicine involving complex privacy and other issues related to the use of patients' de-identified electronic health record data. But the court left the door open to filing an amended complaint.
The eHealth Initiative and the Center for Democracy and Technology are seeking feedback on their draft privacy framework that addresses gaps in legal protections for consumer health data falling outside of HIPAA's regulatory umbrella, says eHI CEO Jennifer Covich Bordenick.
Federal prosecutors say an electronic health records vendor has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a whistleblower case about the software maker allegedly falsifying testing results in 2015 to obtain certification for participation in the HITECH Act meaningful use incentive program.
The need for enhanced business agility and secure remote access to support digital transformation has led to the adoption of the security access service edge, or SASE, model, says Rajpreet Kaur, senior principal analyst at Gartner.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights plans to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify the HIPAA rules before the end of the year, says Timothy Noonan, the agency's deputy director for health information privacy.
Several health IT industry groups are urging the FTC to update its health data breach notification rule, designed to cover health data not protected under HIPAA, to better address technological developments and regulatory gaps that have evolved since the rule was implemented a decade ago.
For the second year in a row, the House of Representatives has voted to lift the ban on the Department of Health and Human Services funding the development or adoption of a unique, national patient identifier. But will it be derailed again in the Senate?
Federal regulators have slapped the Rhode Island-based health system Lifespan with a $1 million HIPAA settlement tied to a 2017 data breach involving the theft of an unencrypted laptop that potentially exposed the data of 20,000 individuals. It's the largest HIPAA enforcement action so far this year.
Federal regulators have slapped a small provider of discounted medical and dental services to underserved patients in rural North Carolina with a $25,000 HIPAA settlement in a case involving an email breach that occurred nearly a decade ago. It's only the second HIPAA settlement announced this year.
HHS has finalized changes to certain privacy provisions related to the sharing of patient records associated with federally assisted substance use disorder treatment programs. The changes aim to improve treatment of some patients addicted to opioids and similar drugs.
Healthcare provider organizations, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers all must take critical security steps to avoid becoming victims of data breaches during the COVID-19 pandemic, says technology attorney and former physicist Phil Crowley.