Enforcing patients' rights under HIPAA to access their health information - including via health apps - is a top policy initiative at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Director Roger Severino said in a Wednesday presentation. He also said a $2.1 million HIPAA penalty would be announced soon.
Ransomware attacks are among the largest incidents added to the federal tally of major health data breaches in recent weeks. Attacks on a variety of clinics affected a total of more than 1 million individuals.
A dental practice in Texas that responded to patients' Yelp reviews by disclosing patient names and other health information has gotten a bad review from federal regulators: A $10,000 HIPAA monetary settlement and a corrective action plan.
What are some of the most important aspects in managing vendor security risk when taking on third parties to handle sensitive data? Mitch Parker, CISO of Indiana University Health, explains the critical steps his organization is taking in its approach to vendor risk.
Proponents of the potential adoption of a national unique patient identifier had been hopeful that the Senate would follow the House's lead in lifting a 20-year ban on funding for federal regulators to work on development. But now they face two substantial hurdles.
The movement to lift the longstanding Congressional ban on federal regulators funding the development or adoption of a national unique patient identifier appears to have hit a roadblock. Here's an update.
A Minnesota county that originally reported last December that a hacking incident affected about 600 individuals now says about 118,000 may have had healthcare data exposed. What's behind the huge spike?
A mishap involving the mailing of breach notification letters has led a Tennessee hospice to issue a "corrective" privacy breach notification. The incident is yet another example of why healthcare organizations need to carefully scrutinize their breach response and notification processes.
HHS has slapped a Florida healthcare provider with an $85,000 settlement for failing to provide a mother with timely access to fetal monitoring records. The settlement with Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is the agency's first enforcement action in its "HIPAA right of access initiative."
The federal tally of major health data breaches has spiked over the last month, mostly because of the American Medical Collection Agency incident, which led to nearly two dozen breach reports from the firm's affected clients.
Providence Health Plan says some of its members were among the nearly 3 million individuals affected by a data breach revealed by health plan administrator Dominion National in June. What lessons are emerging from that security incident and others involving third parties?
Google and the University of Chicago Medical Center have filed motions to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges patients' records were not properly de-identified by the hospital before they were shared with Google for research. Legal experts offer an analysis of the privacy case.
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued proposed changes to privacy rules related to the sharing of patient records created by federally assisted substance use disorder treatment programs. Do the proposals go too far, or not far enough?
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Health IT vendor Allscripts says it has reached a preliminary $145 million settlement with the Department of Justice related to the business practices of Practice Fusion, an EHR vendor the company acquired last year. Among the issues involved are HIPAA, HITECH Act and Anti-Kickback Statute compliance.