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Healthcare Organizations still “under the weather” according to Ponemon’s Second Annual Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security

Posted in Cyber Breach, Damages, Data Breach, Federal Legislation, Health Records Privacy, Healthcare, HITECH, Physician, Uncategorized

Although Ponemon’s Second Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security has shown some improvement for health organizations the overall message is still bleak.  The second annual report examines changes from the past year that may have affected privacy and data protection in healthcare organizations.  It also looks as how well the healthcare organizations are… Continue Reading

HHS Issues its First Annual Report to Congress on HIPAA Compliance

Posted in Health Records Privacy, Healthcare, Physician, Privacy, Privacy Legislation

As required by the HITECH Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) in August issued its first annual report to Congress regarding compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The HIPAA Privacy Rule established national standards to protect medical records and personal health information (“PHI”), while limiting the use and disclosure of such… Continue Reading

HHS receives 433 comments regarding proposed “HIPAA Privacy Rule Accounting of Disclosures under HITECH”

Posted in Health Records Privacy, Physician, Privacy Legislation

On May 31, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted the “HIPAA Privacy Rule Accounting of Disclosures under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act” for comments.  Needless to say it is a hot topic, with 433 comments within the August 1 deadline. The proposed disclosure rule modifies the HIPAA’s… Continue Reading