A Florida hospital is notifying approximately 40,000 of its emergency room patients about a breach incident involving stolen paper records that it believes might have affected about 1,500 of those patients.
American consumers need to know that personal health records must follow government-mandated guidelines for ensuring privacy and security, just as is the case for electronic health records. Otherwise, the use of PHRs may never become widespread.
Healthcare organizations need to improve the methods they use to objectively assess the severity of a security incident and whether it should be reported to comply with the HITECH Act's breach notification rule, one privacy officer says.
Healthcare organizations need to improve the methods they use to objectively assess the severity of a security incident and whether it should be reported, says David Parks, a privacy officer and attorney.