Tag Archives: HIPAA

Cyber Attacks on Health Data Increasing, Primary Cause of Data Breaches, Group Finds

A new study out by the Ponemon Institute finds that criminal attacks, rather than accidents or technological failures, are the leading cause of data breaches. The report finds that cyber-criminals are increasingly targeting health care providers and business associates for the vast amounts of personal data held by these entities, and that these attacks are … Continue Reading

Moving to the Cloud: Some Key Considerations for Healthcare Entities

Healthcare providers, health plans, and other entities are increasingly utilizing cloud services to collect, aggregate, store and process data.  A recent report by IDC Health Insights suggests that 80 percent of healthcare data is expected to pass through the cloud by 2020.  As a substantial amount of healthcare data comprises “personal information” or “protected health … Continue Reading

Members of Congress Ask for Clarity on HIPAA and Mobile Devices

Last month, two Members of Congress wrote to Secretary Burwell of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, urging the agency to adopt new guidance on HIPAA compliance for mobile devices. In their letter, Representatives Tom Marino (R-PA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) note that much of HHS’s current guidance predates the proliferation of mobile … Continue Reading

HIPAA Privacy Rule Extended To Same-Sex Spouses

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance extending Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule protections for family members to same-sex spouses, in light of the 2013 Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor. The HIPAA Privacy Rule grants consumers certain privacy rights with … Continue Reading
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