As more providers are using digital data, privacy and security issues have become a greater concern. Protecting confidential patient information is also a priority for IT vendors, who are interested in offering solutions that come equipped with heightened security features. The industry-wide transition to HIPAA 5010 code set comes with heightened emphasis on privacy of patient data content in provider transactions, since 5010 aims to ensure that only the "minimum necessary" personal health information required for business purposes is included in a transaction.
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In the biggest HIPAA privacy breach of 2013 -- and among the largest to date -- Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth is notifying some 277,000 patients that their protected health information has been compromised after several hospital microfilms, which were supposed to be destroyed, were found in various public locations.
July 12, 2013
We hear a lot in the medical field about end-of-life care. Just as patients need wise, compassionate and specifically targeted treatments as they near the end of their days, so too does medical technology that's ceased to be operational.
July 9, 2013
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is circulating a draft of voluntary standards it is developing for the critical infrastructure of IT security. The framework, when fully developed, will outline security functions and standards based on a risk-management approach in five areas, summed up by the adage "Know, Prevent, Detect, Respond, Recover."
July 8, 2013
In one of the largest HIPAA breaches reported this year, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is notifying 187,533 clients that their protected health information, financial and employment data and, in many cases, Social Security numbers have been compromised following a computer programming glitch.
July 2, 2013
The protected health information of more than 2,000 patients has been compromised after a USB drive at a Lincoln, Neb.-based medical practice was declared lost.
July 1, 2013
Whether Americans see Edward Snowden as a hero or a traitor, the ongoing story of his deliberate leak of classified security information has caused some to sit up and take stock of all matters related to information technology, data and privacy.
June 28, 2013
Canadian-based LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services has notified more than 16,000 patients in Kamloops, B.C., that their protected health information has been compromised after a computer hard drive containing patient data went missing.
June 26, 2013
AirStrip CEO Alan Portela says federal regulators need to take a look at the healthcare system from a vendor's point of view, creating conditions whereby vendors can work with providers to improve security across the enterprise.
June 25, 2013
Siemens Healthcare and Louisiana State University at Shreveport are notifying 8,330 patients of a HIPAA breach following a database mishap that resulted in billing and treatment information being mailed to the wrong patients.
June 19, 2013
The Omnibus Rule has clarified that a person or organization can be classified as a business associate based on the activities performed on behalf of covered entities or other business associates regardless of whether there is a formal business associate agreement in place.
June 19, 2013
Redding, Calif.-based Shasta Regional Medical Center, a Prime Healthcare Services hospital, has agreed to pay $275,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services to settle alleged HIPAA privacy rule violations.
June 17, 2013
Officials at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital are notifying nearly 13,000 patients that their protected health information has been compromised following the theft of a hospital laptop.
June 13, 2013