CommonWell Health Alliance Gives Patients Direct Medical Record Access

The CommonWell Health Alliance has announced that for the first time, patients whose providers are members of the Alliance will be given access to their health data as it is stored and transmitted by the CommonWell network.

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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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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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What Were They Thinking? Film Crew in ER Brings Lawsuit to Hospital
Jun21

What Were They Thinking? Film Crew in ER Brings Lawsuit to Hospital

What happens when a hospital allows a film crew unfettered access to its facilities… but doesn’t obtain permission from their patients?

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