Before healthcare organizations can prepare to comply with the HITECH breach notification rule, they must understand its complex details. In an exclusive interview, attorney Deven McGraw sorts through the major provisions in laymen's terms.
Federal regulators soon will fix one of the problems with the official tally of major healthcare breaches. The Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services will begin naming the names of solo practitioners that have major breaches, rather than listing them only as "private practice." And...
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is wrapping up notification of nearly 3,000 individuals about a breach stemming from documents that were improperly discarded in a recycling bin rather than shredded.
Just how common are information breaches at hospitals? That depends on which survey you believe.
For example, a survey of 220 hospitals released April 20 found that 84 percent of U.S. hospitals have at least one breach incident a year, and 42 percent have at least 10 incidents. Earlier this month, another survey...
A Boston physician had his unencrypted laptop stolen while he was visiting South Korea for a lecture. But the computer contained a tracking device that later was used to disable the hard drive, rendering information permanently unreadable.