Privacy

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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5 Reasons Patient Data Privacy And Control Is Vital

The ancient Greek father of medicine, Hippocrates, knew that trust was a fundamental tenet for the effective practice of medicine. How can a patient seek the care of a stranger without the establishment of a fiduciary trust? A patient must reveal the most personal, private information about themselves and therefore must possess the utmost confidence

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What Does Google Tell People About You?

Ten years ago, if you’d asked someone whether or not they’d be comfortable with a blind date knowing everything about them before they met, you’d get an answer somewhere between “Ew, that’s creepy” and “That’s just not romantic.” Today, we almost expect our internet crushes to know intimate details about us, even if we’ve never met. No

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12 States File Data Breach Lawsuit Against EHR Vendor

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, who is leading the lawsuit against Indiana-based Medical Informatics Engineering Inc., or MIE, and its subsidiary, NoMoreClipboard LLC, said the lawsuit filed Tuesday in an Indiana U.S. district court marks the first time state attorneys general have joined together to pursue a HIPAA-related data breach case in a federal court.

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