Lucia Savage, chief privacy officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, describes an updated privacy and security guide for physician practices and discusses a variety of other cybersecurity issues in an interview at HIMSS15.
A former respiratory therapist at an Ohio hospital has been indicted for HIPAA violations in connection with alleged inappropriate access to the records of nearly 600 patients. Such criminal cases remain relatively rare.
As financial institutions update their defenses in light of new types attacks - from scams to network-penetrating cyber-attacks - they need to ensure they factor in all of the ways that their systems and employees might be targeted or manipulated.
The addition of the Anthem Inc. hacking incident to the federal tally of major health data breaches triples the number of breach victims tracked since 2009. And the tally likely will soon include more hacking incidents, based on recent reports.
As the next wave of medical school graduates begins clinical training at healthcare organization across the U.S., it's critical these new clinicians be prepared to protect patient privacy, says healthcare attorney and professor Julie Agris.
Massive breaches, such as the recent hacker attack on health insurer Anthem, highlight why it's important for organizations to understand their breach notification obligations under state laws as well as HIPAA, says attorney Brad Rostolsky.
A recent incident involving disposed in a vendor's dumpster is an example of why healthcare organizations say business associates taking inadequate security steps ranks as their No. 1 perceived breach threat today.
As the number of major health data breaches continues to climb, federal regulators are taking steps to make the process of reporting breaches using online tools more efficient, hoping that will help ease the launching of investigations.
The inappropriate use and disclosure of patient information for marketing purposes by an insurer in Tennessee offers a reminder of the importance of complying with HIPAA's marketing-related provisions.
Preliminary results of the fourth annual Healthcare Information Security Today survey indicate that information security leaders have big concerns about their business associates. There's still time left to participate in the study.
As healthcare organizations step up their efforts this year to exchange more patient data with others to improve care, it's urgent that they address the "significant risks" involved, says Erik Devine, chief security officer at an Illinois hospital.