A $400,000 federal penalty stemming from the investigation of a breach at a clinic owned by Idaho State University is the latest example of how even relatively small security incidents can trigger hefty sanctions.
When it resumes, the HIPAA compliance audit program will be more focused in terms of what's evaluated but will encompass a broader range of organizations, says Verne Rinker of the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
The latest statistics on major healthcare data breaches for 2013 are encouraging. But could we see a surge in breach reports after organizations begin using updated federal guidance about how to assess whether to report a breach?
Under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, security incidents are presumed to be reportable data breaches unless healthcare organizations demonstrate through a four-factor assessment that risks are low, explains privacy expert Kate Borten.
A conference hosted by the HHS Office for Civil Rights and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will provide insights on HIPAA Omnibus Rule compliance as well as other hot health data security topics.
As CIOs are asked to assemble more data to demonstrate their organization is providing high-quality care at a lower cost, their role in ensuring privacy and security is evolving, says technology specialist Harry Greenspun, M.D.
Encryption is an important breach prevention tool. But to make the right decisions about how to apply encryption, healthcare organizations should take four specific steps, says security expert Feisal Nanji.
Under HIPAA Omnibus, business associates are now directly liable for HIPAA compliance. But covered entities need to take steps to ensure their BAs are, indeed, HIPAA compliant, says privacy attorney Stephen Wu.
Getting buy-in for information security spending from those who hold the purse strings can be tricky unless risks are properly assessed and articulated. See how some healthcare security leaders tackle the budget challenge.
Security specialist David Newell outlines common pitfalls healthcare organizations need to avoid when conducting a risk analysis - such as focusing on an insufficient, narrow HIPAA compliance assessment.