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A Conversation with a HIPAA Lawyer

Last week I had a very interesting conversation with a prominent HIPAA lawyer.  He works for a large consulting company which starts with K and ends with G, but I’ll leave it at that.  He combines the best of both worlds, consultant and lawyer – Opinions, Opinions, Opinions! The conversation started on privacy incident risk […]

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It’s finally here! HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule Whitepaper

After years of waiting, last month HHS released the HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule.  It has since be written about by several publications and been covered by some great webinars.  Earlier today ID Experts released its highly anticipated whitepaper on the subject.   The HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule Whitepaper: HIPAA Final Omnibus Rule Whitepaper:  An Analysis […]

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Many Healthcare Organizations Still Without Data Breach Response Plans

Recently during an AHA webinar on healthcare data breaches the moderators polled to see how many attendees had Incident Response Plans, which are required under the HIPAA security rule, and the results were alarming. 44% didn’t have one, and 22% had one but never tested it, which begs the question, what are they waiting for? […]

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Who Owns Your Electronic Health Record?

As we race towards the full implementation of Electronic Health Records many of the privacy and ownership issues have not been fleshed out.  Doug Pollack wrote about ownership issues earlier this summer and the topic generated over 150 comments from all over the Health IT spectrum.  The topic was also picked up by Forbes in […]

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Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights – Filling in the Gaps

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights being pushed by the White House this year has one big flaw – and it’s an important one.  Anything that is already covered under HIPAA and HITECH is not convered by the Bill leaving a privacy purgatory for all your health information.  You have the right to a standard […]

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Fixing the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights being pushed by the White House has one glaring error; healthcare privacy.  Insert James C. Pyles, an attorney focused on patient privacy, and his soon to be released Health Information Privacy Bill of Rights.  Its main goal is the fill in the gap between the Consumer Privacy Bill of […]

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New software tool for healthcare data breach risk assessments

ID Experts today announced RADAR (HITECH Data Breach Risk Assessment, Documentation and Reporting), the industry’s first expert software tool to measure a data breach incident’s risk index (IRI) by combining the severity of the episode and the sensitivity of the exposed data to quantify the incident’s overall harm threshold.  Designed for healthcare providers, HIPAA covered […]

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HITECH Breach Risk Assessment Webinar

Healthcare organizations that fall under the definition of HIPAA covered entities should be very aware of their obligations under the data breach provisions of the HITECH Act. The reason being that there are now very substantial penalties for disregarding the security and privacy regulations, for lax detection of data breach incidents and for failing to […]

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Human Foibles Continue to Drive Healthcare Privacy Breaches

It is terrific to see that a recent discussion forum of healthcare CIOs concluded that “human foibles” are likely to continue to contribute to data breach incidents in healthcare.The CIOs were on an e-health panel at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in Cambridge, Mass. As noted by InformationWeek Healthcare: “While advancements in security technology better […]

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2010: The Year of the Healthcare Data Breach

An article today on iHealthbeat titled “Innovation Inspired by Economics: 2010 Health IT Forecast” discusses trends and expectations for growth in healthcare information technologies despite the financial issues faced by many US healthcare providers currently. “Necessity being the mother of invention, a constrained economic environment will lead to health IT innovations in two ways. First, […]

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