Prosecutors in Texas have taken the rare move of pursuing criminal charges against an individual for alleged HIPAA violations. The case is a reminder that health workers can face prison time and hefty monetary fines for wrongful disclosures of PHI.
As the HHS Office for Civil Rights prepares for a change in its top leadership, information security leaders are watching to see whether the strategies of the HIPAA enforcement agency might shift as well.
Leading this week's industry news roundup, Easy Solutions partners with Q2 to provide virtual banking solutions, while Lockheed Martin releases a new version of the Industrial Defender Automation Systems Manager.
HIPAA settlements with large financial penalties grab headlines, but the majority of regulatory actions tied to breaches and other HIPAA complaints call for no such penalties. And most complaints are dismissed. Find out why.
Leading this week's industry news roundup, Verizon offers Smart Credential, a new service to help businesses manage risk by using a single credential in both the physical and virtual worlds, while Corero announces SecureWatch Analytics.
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.
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.
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.