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“Alexa, Call My Doctor”: Amazon Focusing on Health

What if you could order up a virtual doctor’s visit or fill a prescription as easily as you could purchase a new pair of shoes or a bottle of laundry detergent: on Amazon? According to recent reports, the company’s top-secret health care lab, dubbed “1492,” is working to make those scenarios a reality for consumers. […]

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Alexa, Diabetes Coach? Amazon, Merck Challenge Developers

We’ve probably all seen the ads for Amazon’s Alexa device, or even tested it ourselves, so we know that the tool can be equal parts fun (playing music, telling jokes) and useful (making to-do lists, checking the weather). Now, thanks to a new Amazon-Merck challenge for app developers, Alexa could be playing a new role […]

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HIPAA Phase Two Audits on Horizon – Is Your Organization Prepared?

Pointers to prepare your organization, and for your C-Suite to be aware of, and on board with, your organization’s preparedness plan: 1.    The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will continue with conducting federal government audits to ensure compliance with The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and The […]

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HHS Serious About HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules Compliance

Cancer Care Group, a radiation oncology practice in Indiana, has agreed to pay a $750,000 settlement to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and to “adopt a robust corrective action plan” arising from a breach of protected health information (PHI) that occurred in 2012. The breach occurred when […]

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Medical Center Fined $218,400 for a ‘Potential Violation’ of HIPAA Privacy/Security Rules

From a bulletin issued by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR), in addition to the fine agreed to, a Massachusetts medical center “… will adopt a robust corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance program [as required by HIPAA […]

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Are Your Telehealth Practice Business Associate Agreements Compliant?

By law, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule applies only to covered entities – health plans, health care clearinghouses, and certain health care providers. However, recognizing that most providers, especially so in telehealth, use supporting vendors, or “business associates” (BAs) to conduct operations, the Privacy Rule allows covered providers to disclose […]

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“Not All Clouds are Created Equal”: Expert Offers Tips

“The cloud” has become an increasingly commonplace term in the computer users’ lexicon in recent years, with people of all ages coming to depend on the tool for both personal and professional use. Yet, as Healthcare IT News’ Benjamin Harris reminds us, “not all clouds are equal,” particularly in terms of security.  While some providers […]

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