A federal advisory panel is gearing up to tackle a number of data security, privacy and legal issues involved when accessing and exchanging the electronic health information of patients who are minors. Find out what makes those issues so complex.
To help prevent data breaches involving business associates, healthcare organizations need to develop vendor management programs with razor-sharp requirements, says risk management expert Rocco Grillo.
Healthcare organizations that base their information security programs on HIPAA compliance are making a major blunder, says security consultant Brad Keller, who explains why that strategy is short-sighted.
Healthcare entities should not write business associate agreements with provisions that go beyond HIPAA privacy and security regulations, says attorney Gerry Hinkley, who discusses HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance issues.
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.
Joy Pritts, the first chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, is leaving the job after four years in the position. The move comes as ONC is revamping its structure.
As the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT thinks through care models and broader issues of big data, Karen DeSalvo, head of the office, says it's striving to ensure privacy and security for patients.
For the next round of HIPAA compliance audits that begins this all, organizations need to prepare documentation that can speak for itself, because unlike the pilot program, there will be no onsite visits, says privacy attorney Adam Greene.
The federal tally of major health data breaches has hit a new milestone; it now lists more than 1,000 incidents affecting 500 or more individuals. Experts weigh in on the lessons to be learned from the details of these breaches.