From both a regulatory and a security perspective, it’s not enough to simply perform a risk analysis. The HIPAA Security Rule requires and today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape demands that healthcare organizations respond to the risks identified appropriately and effectively.
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In the year ahead, healthcare organizations must be prepared to face an assortment of advancing security threats, including those that damage the integrity of critical patient data, says Rod Piechowski of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
The Department of Health and Human Services last week issued its 10th settlement involving a HIPAA "right of access" case since launching its patient records access initiative last year. But how might HIPAA enforcement priorities at HHS' Office for Civil Rights change under a Biden administration?
Federal regulators have issued the final version of a five-year strategic health IT plan that sets goals and objectives focused around providing patients secure access of their health data. But what do experts think of the plan, and would it stick under a potential Biden administration?
In an exclusive interview, Roger Severino, director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which enforces HIPAA, spells out critical steps healthcare organizations must take to safeguard patient information and ensure patient safety in light of the surge in ransomware and other hacking incidents.
As the compliance dates approach for the Department of Health and Human Services' information blocking and health IT interoperability final rules, organizations need to avoid potential pitfalls, says privacy attorney Adam Greene.
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.
Just as it's necessary to think about security before throwing yourself into the clouds when paragliding, the same holds true for large healthcare organizations migrating data to the cloud. Whether it's your first 'flight' in the clouds or you've been gliding for a while, there are security and compliance best...
An executive order President Donald Trump signed Monday that's designed as a first step toward potential long-term expansion of the use of telehealth could prompt renewed attention to related privacy and security issues.
In an exclusive, wide-ranging video interview, Don Rucker, M.D., HHS national coordinator for health IT, discusses why more work needs to be done to protect the privacy of health data as well as why the U.S. needs to ramp up secure health information exchange among clinicians.
Your patients and members are today's consumers, and they expect seamless user experiences. But you can't meet their demands at the expense of security. You must remain a stalwart steward of protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII). The distributed nature of healthcare delivery...
Although conducting regular HIPAA security risk assessments (SRAs) may seem like a hassle, the cost of failing to conduct them and therefore failing to remediate risks is much worse. Penalties can include millions of dollars in fines, civil and criminal litigation, restitution, and damage.
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More than two dozen healthcare organizations and technology firms have formed a coalition to help address the COVID-19 crisis by using secure information sharing and data analysis. But observers warn the group must devote enough attention to privacy and security issues.