Tag Archives | HIPAA

Lost X-ray film leads to 17k patient HIPAA Breach

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle… all good things, except when they are patient medical files.  This has to be one of the more “interesting” HIPAA breaches I’ve seen in the last few years.  A clinic in Raleigh handed over old X-ray films to a 3rd party vendor in order to get the film converted into a digital […]

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How to care for minors and decedents in a healthcare data breach

This “Data Breach Response – How To” article is part of our larger series by Heather Noonan. If you find that your healthcare data breach population includes minors or decedents, it is highly encouraged that you provide additional care for them. You already have a HIPAA privacy breach of personal identifiable information and now you […]

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Healthcare Data Breach hits University of Mississippi Medical Center

Data Breach Watch has written extensively about the problems and risk associated with a university data breaches and the recent healthcare breach at U. of Miss Medical Center drives home the point.  Affecting patients who visited the hospital between 2008 and 2013, the university healthcare system informed an “unknown” number of patients that their medical […]

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Learning From Your HIPAA Mistakes

Now that the new HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule is written in stone Federal Register, our friend Leon Rodriguez has been on a mini speaking tour talking about the new changes.  He is echoing a lot of the things written here, HIPAA data breach prevention and learning from your mistakes – being proactive will help you […]

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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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HIPAA Data Breach – What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

With so much mainstream exposure to HIPAA Data Breaches in 2012, it’s amazing that a reporter would ask such a silly question.  What’s the worst that can happen? I was talking to a news reporter a few days ago about the risks of a breach of patient medical records and she asked: “What’s the worst […]

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Risk Assessments post Omnibus HIPAA Rule

Adios Harm Threshold!  vive la Risk Assessments!  Now that we have all been able to make our way through the epic document that is the Omnibus HIPAA rule on privacy, security and data breach notification, a few interesting things have floated to the top.  First, if you were doing the right thing before – being […]

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HIPAA Compliance, Security, and Data Breach Notification Q&A

Last Friday, January 25th 2013, HHS released it’s highly anticipated omnibus HIPAA “Final Rule.”  This rule solidified the regulations relating to HIPAA security, privacy and HITECH data breach notifications requirements.  Doug Pollack of ID Experts had a great Q&A with HITECH Answers wherein he discusses at length the changes, and non-changes, to the rule and […]

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Holistic HIPAA Security

As the new year has drawn to a close, Leon Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Civil Rights, has been on the speaking circuit.  Revealing the office’s focus for 2013 he has spoken at length about how the OCR, and it’s enforcement of HIPAA and HITECH, views security as a holistic approach.  John Halamka, Healthcare […]

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Creating a Culture of HIPAA Privacy and Security

Meredith Phillips knows her away around HIPAA/HITECH privacy and security.  As Chief Privacy Officer of Henry Ford Health Systems she has been in the trenches of data breach response.  After having a rough experience going it alone, Mrs. Phillips decided to turn to expert help.  When it was all said in done, Meredith created a […]

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