A federal court has invalidated certain HITECH Act provisions and Department of Health and Human Services' guidance related to patient requests for copies of their health records, creating new requirements for compliance officers and others to follow.
Federal prosecutors say Practice Fusion - a unit of Allscripts - will pay $145 million to settle civil and criminal investigations related to its electronic health records system. The case includes a kickback scheme involving opioids as well as false claims regarding HITECH Act certification compliance.
A California healthcare provider took nearly seven months to report to regulators a phishing incident that exposed information on 200,000 patients. Security experts are analyzing whether the delay could be justifiable.
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.