Russian Hackers Breach Health Records of US Olympians

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.

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OCR to Enforce Investigating Breaches Affecting Under 500 Individuals

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.

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Why Healthcare Should Copy Banking Industry’s Response to Cybercrime

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.

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Making HIPAA Work for You: Discussing Record Access (and More) for Consumers
Aug01

Making HIPAA Work for You: Discussing Record Access (and More) for Consumers

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.

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Pokémon Go Poses Privacy and Security Concern for Healthcare Providers
Jul21

Pokémon Go Poses Privacy and Security Concern for Healthcare Providers

Pokemon Go has thousand of players roaming streets, parks, and even workplaces—healthcare providers included—which has health privacy experts concerned.

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Information Release to Patient Families and Caregivers: What Does HITECH/HIPAA Actually Say?
Jul01

Information Release to Patient Families and Caregivers: What Does HITECH/HIPAA Actually Say?

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.”

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