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 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.
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.
Never store hardcoded credentials in code uploaded to public-facing GitHub repositories, and make sure none of your business associates are doing that. Those are just two takeaways from a new report that describes how nine organizations were inadvertently exposing health records for at least 150,000 patients.
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...
A radiology technician allegedly inappropriately accessed thousands of patient records for more than eight years, according to a newly filed breach report from Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States. The incident is yet another example of the challenges of dealing with insider threats.
Healthcare organizations need to diligently assess whether a security incident involving patient information truly qualifies as a reportable breach under HIPAA to avoid needlessly reporting it to federal regulators, says regulatory attorney Helen Oscislawski.
The American Medical Association has issued a set of privacy principles for health data that it hopes Congress and regulators will keep in mind as they prepare legislation and regulations. In an interview, AMA Board Chair Jesse Ehrenfeld, M.D., describes the recommendations.