The biggest health data breach ever has now resulted in the biggest fine that an entity has ever paid to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights.
Anthem has recently agreed to pay $16 million to OCR for a breach that affected almost 79 million people—merely the beginning of the costs associated with recovering from a breach of this magnitude. The hackers are winning the game; current information and security approaches just aren’t cutting it and healthcare organizations are no doubt at risk.
There is no single compilation of what reasonable steps a party might take to avoid the loss of electronically stored information or the imposition of related sanctions for such a loss.
This week, you may have seen a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) report on hospital compliance with medical record requests that states there are many barriers to patient access. This study validates what we know from our work and advocacy on this issue: the health record request process is often cumbersome and complicated for patients.
The opioid crisis has generated much data to monitor the problem and analyze its scope and trends. Statistics can describe the demographics of the opioid addict, describe the source and type of drug abuse, and aggregate data to assess the extent of the opioid crisis.