Privacy

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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HIPAA update inches closer to reality

HHS said it is looking to remove regulatory barriers to health information sharing and the plan just took a first step. This is just one step in many for HIPAA reforms long march from its origin in the days of paper medical records to the accommodation of the electronic data-sharing needed to coordinate care under

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HIPAA lets providers text patients, but is it secure?

As texting between patients and providers becomes more common, its imperative that providers consider the right platform to use and other security features to protect patient data. Texting between doctors and patients has become more commonplace in recent years. But before the two parties start sharing every intimate detail, experts urge providers to take a

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Why Is Providing Patients Access to Records So Challenging?

“Requesting medical records remains a complicated and burdensome process for patients despite policy efforts and regulation to make medical records more readily available to patients,” the researchers noted in the study.The study points to the need for privacy officers, records managers and others to educate hospital staff on what HIPAA requires and make sure that

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Massachusetts HIPAA Case Outlines Series of Missteps

The Massachusetts attorney general’s office on Sept. 20 announced it had smacked UMass Memorial Medical Group and UMass Memorial Medical Center with a total of $230,000 in financial penalties as part of a settlement for two separate breach cases affecting a total of 15,000 individuals. Both are part of UMass Memorial Health Care.The cases each

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