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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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Healthcare data breach: 55k patients compromised

If I had a dollar every time some health employee gets a laptop stolen out of his or her car…I’d go to the casino.  Good thing the car was locked! “As reported by the Indiana Business Journal, the laptop was taken from an employee’s locked vehicle on July 19. Group officials said the laptop contained […]

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When a Data Breach Isn’t a Data Breach

Earlier this summer The Surgeons of Lake County experienced a data breach that might have scary tellings for the future.  Hackers breached their EHR system and instead of download the “payload” they encrypted the data in place, holding the key for ransom.  This data breach doesn’t look like the normal data breaches we have seen. […]

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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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Who Controls Your Health Data? And Why You Should Care!

A few weeks ago Doug Pollack at ID Experts wrote an article on “Who Owns Patient Data in Electronic Health Records?”  that discussed ownership and control of EHR.  It was shared on the HIMSS LinkedIn group and gather over 150 comments.  Everyone had an option and it was very apparent that it was still a […]

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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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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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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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Protecting Patient Privacy

Healthcare organizations arguably hold the most personal and sensitive information that we possess. While HIPAA has provided for protection of the privacy of this information for a number of years, there appears to have been little in the way of enforcement of HIPAA during this period. With the passage of the HITECH Act, this is […]

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