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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The transition to a new presidential administration makes forecasting for HIPAA enforcement activity in 2017 difficult, says privacy attorney David Holtzman of the consultancy Cynergistek, who sizes up what the HHS Office for Civil Rights might do this year.
The hack of health insurer Anthem exposes data on 80 million Americans. A breach of an electronic health records vendor affects dozens of clinics. A California hospital pays a ransom to get data decrypted by hackers. These and other headline-grabbing breaches are getting the attention of CEOs and boards of directors....
After helping a hospital to pass an audit that assessed compliance with requirements of the HITECH Act "meaningful use" electronic health record incentive program, CISO Mitch Stewart offers this audit prep advice: Beef up your risk assessment.
With federal regulators moving closer to restarting the delayed HIPAA compliance audit program, now is the time for covered entities and business associates to prepare for potential scrutiny, says healthcare attorney Brad Rostolsky.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights' much-delayed resumption of its random HIPAA compliance audit program is expected in the coming months. So now is the time to prepare. This session will cover the highest priority tasks that should be started immediately if not already underway to help lay the groundwork for a...
Some experts are concerned that the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights isn't taking bold enough action in stepping up its efforts to enforce HIPAA. Learn more about their areas of concern.
A former senior adviser at the HHS Office for Civil Rights offers his predictions about OCR's HIPAA enforcement and regulatory activities for the year ahead in the wake of the office's leadership changes.
For the second time in less than a month, the Massachusetts attorney general has fined a hospital for a data breach - this time Boston Children's Hospital. Learn why experts expect to see more state and federal breach sanctions in 2015.
The fiscal 2015 federal budget provides two agencies responsible for health information security and privacy activities with flat funding. Find out what plans are on hold, and why Congress wants greater scrutiny of EHR system interoperability.
Federal regulators are sending a powerful message about the importance of applying software patches by slapping an Alaska mental health services providers with a $150,000 HIPAA sanction. Learn what's included in the corrective action plan.
A settlement finalized this past week in a class action lawsuit filed in 1997 against Tenet Healthcare for a privacy breach involving thousands of patients' paper records offers important lessons for healthcare providers today.