Legal experts are analyzing the potential national impact of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that plaintiffs can sue for negligence if a healthcare provider violates HIPAA regulations for protecting patient privacy.
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.
Organizations are at a crossroads when deciding on the proper course of action for compliance with regulations applicable to the healthcare industry and how to manage risk to the security of sensitive health information. This is an important decision that shapes the foundation of an organization's security culture and...
A federal advisory workgroup that makes privacy and security recommendations to the the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has officially re-launched with a new name, new members and several new hot topics to tackle in the coming months.
Some privacy experts are expressing concern about a report that social media giant Facebook is planning to enter the healthcare market with health apps and patient support communities. Find out the nature of their worries.
Preventing patient record "snooping" is an ongoing challenge for hospitals in their HIPAA compliance efforts. But with the intensifying attention on Ebola cases, hospitals need to up their game in protecting patient privacy.
A dispute involving an EHR vendor that allegedly locked out a small clinic's access to patient data illustrates why healthcare organizations need to carefully scrutinize the HIPAA-related fine print in their business associate contracts.
One year after HIPAA Omnibus Rule enforcement began, why do so many healthcare entities and business associates continue to struggle with even the most basic requirements? Security expert Andrew Hicks offers insights.