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Health Privacy & Security

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Our Allies Under Attack! Ransomware Hits the Brits and Quickly Spreading Across Globe – Batten Down the Hatches NOW

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New Director, Same Direction for OCR HIPAA Enforcement

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HIPAA Easter: OCR Continues to Censure Healthcare Providers for Overlooking the Security Rule

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Mobile Health Oops! New York Takes Action While Federal Regulators Falter

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Navigating the Rest of the Iceberg - Privacy and Security Compliance Beyond HIPAA

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Life’s a Breach - Sitting on that HIPAA Breach Notification Could Burn You

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On January 9, 2017, Presence Health agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) potential violations under the Breach Notification Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This is HHS’ first enforcement action against a covered entity that reported a breach, but did not do so timely.

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Are Fitness Apps Fit for Privacy Protection?

* The following article was originally published by Healthcare Informatics. To read it on the Healthcare Informatics website, click here

Healthcare professionals who are in a position to recommend the use of fitness apps need to be aware that patients’ personal data can be used in ways that HIPAA would prohibit and that will surprise patients who are trying to be smart about fitness in a smartphone world.

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Business Associates Beware! HHS Levies First HIPAA Fines on Business Associate

On June 24, 2016, the non-profit Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHCS) agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is HHS’ first resolution agreement and monetary penalty against a business associate (BA) under HIPAA.
 

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Beware of Ransomware, Or the Bad Guys Could Hold Your Devices and Data Hostage

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Ransomware is old news – it has been around at least since 1989 – but it has only now started to attract widespread attention. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (or malware, for short) that blocks access to the infected device, to some or all of the information stored in the device, or even worse, to files in the device’s network. To unlock either the device or the data, the responsible cybercriminals require the victim to pay a ransom. Ransomware is typically enabled when a victim clicks on malicious links in an email or online.
 

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White House Releases Health Initiative Data Security Framework

On May 25, 2016, the White House released its much anticipated Data Security Policy Principles and Framework (Security Framework) for President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI is aimed at pioneering a new model of patient-powered research to improve health and treat disease, which takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles.
 

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