Complicating healthcare compliance efforts is the growing trend of migrating patient data to cloud storage and hosted applications such as Health Information Exchange systems. The cloud lowers costs and improves efficiency, but widens the attack surface for data breaches.
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It's well known that lost or stolen unencrypted computing devices account for the majority of large health data breaches. But a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services shines a light on how frequently breaches - especially smaller ones - involve paper records.
Consumer advocate Deven McGraw says many provisions in the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, including better breach notification guidance and expansion of HIPAA liability to business associates, will provide substantial benefits to patients.
As hospitals and clinics plow ahead with their HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance efforts, they should also remind patients to be careful when communicating their own health information. A clinical psychologist offers practical insights.
The HIPAA Omnibus Rule could play an important role in improving the security of medical devices that store patient data, says an official with the agency that enforces HIPAA. Find out what part the rule could play.
Patient portals can fulfill some regulatory requirements related to providing individuals with electronic access to their medical records. But privacy and security concerns must be addressed, two experts say.
The HIPAA Omnibus Rule stresses the need for business associates to adequately safeguard patient information. What are the implications? Here's what a federal privacy officer and a consumer advocate have to say.
Security and IT leaders, including John Halamka, are calling attention to the difficulty of complying with a HIPAA Omnibus provision about not passing along certain patient information to insurers. What are their concerns?
Several consumer advocates say they're pleased that the HIPAA Omnibus Rule strengthens patient privacy protections and helps ensure patients can obtain their records. Learn about what they like - and dislike - in the rule.