OCR Announces Noonan as Acting Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy

Timothy Noonan replaces Iliana Peters as the acting deputy director for health information privacy for the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil rights on January 29.

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OCR Offers Healthcare Providers Tips for Preventing Cyber Extortion

Incidents of cybercrime, like cyber extortion, are rising in the healthcare industry and will continue to be a major source of disruption for providers in the coming years.

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Ranswomware Hits Allscripts, Leading to Lost Revenue and a Class Action Lawsuit

A recent ranswomware attack on Allscripts, a leading health IT and EHR vendor, resulted in chaos for hundreds of providers as well as a class action lawsuit, according to court filings.

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Proposed VA Rule Change Allows Release of Patient Records to HIEs Without Written Consent

The VA has proposed changing a VA-specific patient privacy rule to allow the release of patient records to eligible community providers and HIEs without a hard copy of a patient’s written authorization.

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Proposed State Legislation Would Broaden Data Breach Protections

“Last year, more than 5.3 million North Carolinians were estimated to have been affected by a data breach,” said North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein in a press release.

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Kathryn Marchesini Named ONC Chief Privacy Officer

Kathryn Marchesini has been named the new chief privacy officer at ONC.

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