Cloud computing and mobility are areas likely to see new regulatory attention in the year ahead. But what are the other hot topics that leading attorneys believe will be addressed in new legislation worldwide?
With HIPAA compliance audits slated to resume within about a year, what steps can healthcare organizations take to begin to prepare? OCR's Leon Rodriguez offers strategies based on initial audit findings and breach investigations.
A long-overdue omnibus package that includes HIPAA modifications tops the list of regulations dealing with health data privacy and security issues that are pending for 2013. Find out what else is on the horizon.
Sometimes HIPAA training alone is just not enough to drill into peoples' heads why and how patient information needs to be protected. So, how are organizations getting medical staff to do the right thing?
In recent weeks, the federal tally of major health information breaches has been growing at a relatively slow pace. Is that evidence that healthcare organizations are getting better at preventing breaches?
A federal advisory panel will urge the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to provide physicians and hospitals with best practices for verifying the IDs of patients using web portals to access records.
A breach that resulted in a $1 million HIPAA settlement led Partners Healthcare in Boston to take many significant steps, including merging its privacy and security efforts, says CISO Jennings Aske. More changes are planned for 2013.
The Walgreens drugstore chain will pay $16.6 million to settle a California case involving improper disposal of hazardous waste, as well as certain confidential patient information, in dumpsters near their stores.
In parts of Europe and Asia, privacy legislation took solid steps forward in 2012. In the U.S., however, progress has stalled. Is the U.S. at risk of falling behind when it comes to privacy protection?
Healthcare organizations need to more closely monitor how their business associates protect the security of patient information and step up risk assessments as they prepare to comply with looming HIPAA modifications, says attorney Lisa Sotto.
A federal panel is seeking comments on recommendations for boosting privacy and security requirements for electronic health record modules in the next round of HITECH Act software certification requirements.