In a bizarre "whistleblower" case, federal prosecutors have charged a Georgia man in connection with an alleged "intricate scheme" involving falsely reporting that a Savannah hospital worker committed criminal HIPAA violations.
Federal regulators have smacked a Georgia-based ambulance company with a financial settlement and corrective action plan in a case involving "longstanding" HIPAA compliance issues. How big was the fine, and what factors precipitated it?
How do hospitals' efforts to bolster information security in the aftermath of data breaches potentially affect patient outcomes? Professor Eric Johnson of Vanderbilt University discusses research that shows a worrisome relationship between breach remediation and the delivery of timely patient care.
Healthcare organizations must carefully vet their medical device suppliers to scrutinize how they're handling the security of legacy products and the lifecycle design of new devices, says consultant Kim Hirsch of Fusion Risk Management.
As the year wraps up, regulators and legislators have been busy tying up some "loose ends" related to health data security and privacy before the start of 2020. Here are some developments you might have missed
What are some of the most important health data privacy and security regulatory developments to watch in 2020? Privacy attorney Kirk Nahra of the law firm WilmerHale discusses what he sees as the top five issues in the year ahead.
Ascension healthcare system's sharing of data with Google on millions of patients is drawing increased scrutiny from members of Congress as well as privacy advocates. What are the major areas of concern?
A newly disclosed collaboration between Google and the massive Ascension healthcare system that the partners say is designed to improve patient care is raising serious privacy concerns. That's because the project involves Ascension sharing with Google data on millions of its patients - without their permission.
Federal regulators have slapped two more organizations with hefty HIPAA enforcement fines. They also announced increases to future HIPAA civil monetary penalties to adjust for inflation - a move some observers say could create confusion and uncertainty, given an earlier announcement about cutting penalties.