In the months before a transition to a new administration, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the long-awaited 2016-2017 HIPAA Audits Industry Report, offering a look at the successes and shortcomings of select covered entities (CE) and business associates (BA).
In addition to struggling to properly fulfill patient records requests, organizations largely failed to implement sufficient risk analyses and risk management strategies, the recently released 2016-2017 HIPAA Audits Industry Report revealed.
This month’s column will dig a bit deeper and look at the reasons why lawsuits are filed in the first place and what gets healthcare entities in hot water. Hopefully this will help guide you when it comes to addressing those activities and events that result in costly legal battles.
Q: Do companies such as FitBit (and others that sell wearable devices that track and store health information) need to abide by HIPAA regulations? Should I be concerned with how these companies are viewing and sharing my health information?