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Texting With Patients? AMA Weighs In

Everyone, it seems, texts these days—in fact, 81 percent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center study, do so on a regular basis. What’s more, people are doing more than just exchanging greetings via text, with many doing everything from sending and receiving money to refilling prescriptions through SMS. Given this nationwide fondness for […]

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One in Four Americans Have Had Health Data Breached

It’s probably common knowledge by now (at least among those who follow health IT and cybersecurity news) that the number of data breaches in recent years has increased significantly, making headlines and raising concerns. Now, an Accenture study has shed new light on the far-reaching impact breaches have had on individuals. As ID Experts first […]

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Is it Time for a HIPAA Replacement? AHIMA Asks the Experts

Since the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law in 1996, “HIPAA compliance,” “HIPAA violation,” and other such terms have become a familiar part of our national lexicon. And yet 20 years after its passage, HIPAA is not only often misunderstood, but also ever so slightly out of date—and potentially in […]

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Which Hospitals Run the Highest Risk of Data Breaches?

With seemingly countless large-scale data breaches making headlines in recent years, it might seem like no health care institution is safe from hackers on the hunt for patient information. But some hospitals are at a higher risk than others to be the targets of breaches. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, a new study from researchers […]

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Who Will Get the VA’s EHR Contract? Some Possibilities

As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues its efforts to modernize its health care infrastructure and better leverage new technologies, one key goal will be updating its electronic health records system. Now, as Politico first reported, companies are beginning to vie for what will likely be a contract in the billions. Among the likely contenders: […]

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Telehealth HIPAA Privacy and Security Audits in 2016 – Expect an Increase

Writing for healthcareinfosecurity.com, former Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) attorney, David Holtzman predicts that in 2016, the OCR will aggressively increase their number of audits to enforce compliance among health care providers and their business associates, with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) patient privacy and security law. As […]

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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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Telehealth Companies Need to be Ready for HIPAA Audits

It is widely held that all telehealth organizations are at risk for data breach of consumer protected health information (PHI).  Many are of the opinion that breach is not an “if” question, but a “when” question. A recent survey by KPMG, the international audit, tax, and advisory firm, found the greatest threats to come from […]

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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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