Proposed rules released this week by the Department of Health and Human Services aim to define and discourage inappropriate blocking of the secure sharing of health information, Elise Sweeney Anthony of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT explains in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights is paying particular attention to complaints involving patients' access to their health information; it's also focusing on investigations of organizations with patterns of HIPAA noncompliance, Nick Heesters of the agency explains in an interview at the HIMSS19 conference.
Federal regulators have hit a California-based healthcare provider with a $3 million HIPAA settlement related to two breaches involving misconfigured IT. It's the latest in a recent series of hefty penalties issued in HIPAA cases.
For the second time, the Department of Justice has imposed a substantial fine on an electronic health records software vendor in a case that involves data accuracy and integrity issues that could affect patient safety.
Some 22 health data breaches reported to regulators in 2019 - including hacking incidents and thefts of unencrypted devices - already have been added to the official federal tally, with business associates involved in six of the largest incidents.
The digital revolution has given healthcare organizations new tools to increase team efficiency and improve their customer experience. But it's also opened up new vectors that cybercriminals can use to attack. As your attack surface expands to infrastructure that you don't own or control, becomes increasingly...
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections has led to 199 criminal charges, 37 indictments or guilty pleas and four prison sentences so far. But some key questions remain unanswered.
Alaska state authorities are notifying up to 700,000 individuals of a health department data breach that originally was reported to federal regulators last June as affecting only 501 people. Why is it so difficult to determine the scope of some breaches?
How do data privacy and security matters affect organizations that are contemplating a merger or acquisition? Attorney Iliana Peters offers insights into cybersecurity, data breach and compliance issues that can potentially doom a deal.
Implementing standards for recording demographic data, and also sharing best practices, could help address the challenges involved in matching the right patient with all the right records, a new government study concludes.