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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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When the money runs out, does our Healthcare privacy too?

What happens to HIEs when the government subsidies run out.  How will they be funded?  Will it be at the detriment of our PHI/EHR privacy?  Will it lead to more Healthcare data breaches? “It is no secret that the biggest challenge facing HIEs is the lack of a sustainable business model once the gov’t subsidies […]

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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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Medical Records Safe From Data Breach?

Dr. Deborah Peel, founder of Patient Privacy Rights, recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal. In it, she describes how the promise of electronic medical records may be impeded because of patients’ fears that their personal health information will be shared with others outside of their healthcare provider. Her perspective is one that […]

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New healthcare data breach offering

ID Experts today announced a new and unique solution for data breaches that involve protected health information (PHI) and associated risks of medical identity theft. With the passage of the HITECH Act last year and the clarifying Rules published by Health and Human Services (HHS), healthcare organizations now face greater scrutiny and higher risks when […]

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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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Reporting of Healthcare Data Breaches?

Since the HITECH Act data breach notification provisions became effective this past September 23, 2009, I’d recently become curious about the number and nature of data breaches that would start to appear on the website at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The HHS Rules require healthcare organizations (specifically HIPAA covered entities) to […]

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Confirmation of Blue Cross Blue Shield Breach

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) has affirmed that is has experienced a data breach incident affecting over 800,000 doctors in the US. According to Jeff Smokler at BCBSA, as reported in SC Magazine, thieves stole an employee’s computer that contained an unencrypted file with the personal information of nearly every doctor who accepts […]

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