Privacy

‘Alexa, Are You HIPAA Compliant?’

Boston Children’s Hospital is pioneering the use of Amazon’s Alexa voice assist technology in the healthcare sector. John Brownstein, the hospital’s chief innovation officer, discusses the security measures involved.Amazon recently announced that as part of a pilot program, its skills kit – or application programming interfaces and other development tools – can enable HIPAA covered

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Introducing New Alexa Healthcare Skills

Today, were excited to announce that the Alexa Skills Kit now enables select Covered Entities and their Business Associates, subject to the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), to build Alexa skills that transmit and receive protected health information as part of an invite-only program. Six new Alexa healthcare skills from

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Amazon Alexa celebrates HIPAA-compliant data transfer with six new healthcare skills

Developed by providers, payers and other stakeholders, each of the new voice-based services is designed to conveniently bring health knowledge and management into the home. Earlier this morning, Amazon announced in a blog post that its voice-based Alexa platform now supports the development of software that communicates HIPAA-protected health information through an invite-only Alexa Skills

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OCR Concludes All-Time Record Year for HIPAA Enforcement with $3 Million Cottage Health Settlement

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services concluded an all-time record year in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement activity. In 2018, OCR settled 10 cases and was granted summary judgment in a case before an Administrative Law Judge, together totaling $28.7 million from enforcement

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Facial Recognition Bill Would Ban Companies From Sharing Your Face Without Consent

A bipartisan bill introduced this week would strengthen consumer protections around facial recognition technology. Your face may be one in a million, but there are little to no consumer protections regarding how companies using facial recognition technology share your face and other information they capture about you.Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate Thursday would change

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4 Important Items on Your 2019 HIPAA Compliance Checklist

Understanding how to approach messaging, cloud storage, risk assessments and patient access all factor into a modern HIPAA compliance strategy. For healthcare organization IT teams tasked with keeping personal health information secure, theres perhaps nothing more pressing than remaining compliant with security and privacy regulations. Chief among these are, of course, the Health Insurance Portability

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HIPAA Enforcement Update: Areas of Focus

The Department of Health and Human Services is paying particular attention to complaints involving patients’ access to their health information; it’s also focusing on investigations of organizations with patterns of HIPAA noncompliance, says Nick Heesters of the HHS Office for Civil Rights.Details about how OCR plans to ramp up enforcement of patients’ record access rights

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‘Flawed’ privacy in Queensland Health’s electronic medical record, expert says

A “very strange model” allows all Queensland Health clinicians to edit the medical data of all patients in public hospitals that have the integrated electronic medical record installed, a leading health law expert says.Queensland University of Technology innovation law professor Matthew Rimmer said it appeared the $600 million electronic medical record project had a whole

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