December 31, 2015
After spending the past year reporting on loopholes and lax enforcement of the federal patient-privacy law known as HIPAA, ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein has come to realize that it's not just celebrity patients who are at risk. We all are.
December 30, 2015
Regulators have logged dozens, even hundreds, of complaints against some health providers for violating federal patient privacy law. Warnings are doled out privately, but sanctions are imposed only rarely. Companies say they take privacy seriously.
December 28, 2015
The law lays out a plan for instituting better security in healthcare but it will require a lot of work to get there.
December 28, 2015
As the year 2015 draws to a close with a warning that healthcare -- more than ever before -- has become a target for cyber security attacks, we list the most recent data breaches reported to the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
December 15, 2015
In 2013, the electronic protected health information of about 90,000 individuals was accessed after an employee downloaded an email attachment that contained malicious malware.
December 09, 2015
When nine organizations -- several of them health IT vendors -- urged Congress in a Dec. 7 letter to resist delaying Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program, the plea came with an outline for strengthening interoperability.
December 04, 2015
Triple-S Management Corporation has agreed to settle potential HIPAA violations with the U.S. Department of Health and Human services to the tune of $3.5 million, after repeatedly failing to put safeguards in place for its beneficiaries' PHI.
November 30, 2015
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center has settled with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights for potential HIPAA violations related to lax security policies around workstations and medical devices.
November 17, 2015
The Office of Inspector General in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released its work plan for 2016. Among its vast oversight responsibilities, we focus on five related to hospital safety and clinical quality.
November 16, 2015
Pamela Arora, senior vice president and chief information officer at Children's Medical Center Dallas talks about her data security challenges and how partnering with organizations such as HITRUST can help keep pace with a "changing landscape."