While California already had some of the strictest and most varied privacy laws in the country, the new California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 "is a whole new ballgame," says privacy attorney Kirk Nahra, who explains why.
A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania has indicted a former patient coordinator on several counts of wrongfully obtaining and disclosing the health information of others. The case is the latest rare example of prosecutors pursuing criminal charges for HIPAA violations.
A federal court recently dismissed a case filed by a patient alleging a laboratory violated HIPAA by failing to shield her personal health information from public view. The ruling once again reaffirmed a longstanding precedent that individuals cannot sue for alleged HIPAA violations.
Addressing an important privacy issue, federal regulators have issued guidance to clarify details about how patients should authorize the use or disclosure of their protected health information for future research - and their right to revoke that authorization.
A breach involving misdirected emails to nearly 56,000 patients allegedly tied to a sorting error by a business associate has taken an unusual twist: The organization involved, Dignity Health, is asking for patients' help in mitigating the privacy mishap. But could that move prove to be counterproductive?
Consumers have more healthcare choices than ever, meaning payers and providers have more competition as well. Many are differentiating themselves in the marketplace by adding health tracking apps and integrating with partners to display prescription, billing and appointment .
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Will federal regulators finally tackle long overdue rulemaking related to a HITECH Act provision calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to share money collected from HIPAA settlements and penalties with breach victims?
Yesterday's threat detection is not working. Companies must reshape their cybersecurity programs, knowing that attackers are always looking for a way in - or may have already penetrated.
There are numerous ways healthcare organizations can benefit from a deception approach as new cyber vulnerabilities and risks in...
Strict HIPAA compliance is a great preparation for compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which will be enforced starting May 25, according to attorneys Robert Stankey and Adam Greene, who provide compliance insights in an in-depth interview.
The number of health data breach victims added to the official federal tally so far in 2018 has doubled in recent weeks to more than 2 million. The largest breach of the year so far involved a break-in at a California government office.
Federal regulators plan to craft a new proposal for revamping a HIPAA Privacy Rule provision for "accounting of disclosures" of electronic patient records. Updating that rule was mandated under the HITECH Act, but the modification has been in limbo since 2011.
At its core, compliance for HIPAA is simply about maintaining patient privacy by ensuring your users appropriately access and use patient data. Electronic Health Record (EHR) solutions provide detail around when patient data is accessed.
The challenge, however, is the lack of visibility into what users do with...
A recent hacking incident involving a firm that staffs U.S. hospitals' emergency departments with physicians serves as a reminder of tricky questions that can pop up when a vendor has a breach impacting patient data.