The breach of Olympic athletes’ medical records by Russian hackers this week again demonstrates the vulnerability of protected health information and the extent to which it is viewed as a target by criminals.
Federal health privacy officials issued an alert last week saying that starting this August, it is allocating more resources to an initiative aimed at investigating health data breaches affecting 500 patients or less.
The healthcare industry should respond to patient privacy breaches the same way the credit card and banking industries react when security incidents occur in those industries, one writer suggests.
Seeking to answer consumer questions on how HIPAA works for them, the Journal speaks with an attorney to explore various issues, from accessing deceased records to processing fee payment.
Pokemon Go has thousand of players roaming streets, parks, and even workplaces—healthcare providers included—which has health privacy experts concerned.
While HIPAA has clear guidelines about who can and cannot receive information, it is not a one-size-fits-all regulation since it designates much of the decision making to the covered entity’s “professional judgement.”