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Healthcare Takes Another Hit: Banner Health Data Breach

On June 17, 2017 Banner Health discovered a massive cyber attack that compromised more than 3.7 million patients, health insurance subscribers, food and drink customers, and personnel. The Phoenix-based health-care provider said Wednesday that it will mail letters to 3.7 million patients, health insurance customers, cafeteria customers, doctors and other health care providers notifying them about details […]

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What is a Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis?

What is a Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis and why do you have to preform one?  In short: it’s required!  ID Experts has a great little write up about Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis, what it is and why you have to do it.  In simple terms it is a core requirement in the incentive […]

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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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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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All Things Data Breach Launched

LinkedIn groups have become important places for professionals to meet, network and interact online.  All Things HITECH was launched over a year ago and has had great success, amassing over 850 members.  But All Things HITECH is focused on healthcare data breaches.  In a push to be focus more broadly and be more inclusive to […]

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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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Incident Response Planning – Finally Catching On?

Has the threat of an OCR audit finally made the healthcare industry turn the corner when it comes to patient privacy and security?  It may seem that way as we see a new focus on the importance of Risk Assessments and Incident Response Planning. “Lately we have seen a strong uptick in requests for incident […]

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Texas House Bill 300 (HB300) – Expanding on HIPAA Privacy and Security

Texas House Bill 300 (HB300) went into effect on September 1st which significantly expands patient privacy protections past that of federal laws HIPAA and HITECH.  This law is one of the most “strict” patient privacy state laws and it will be interesting to see if other states follow Texas’ lead.  HB 300 compliance deadline is […]

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