News & Analysis

September 20, 2019
Medicare Web

Data such as patient names, birthdates, and Social Security numbers from more than 16 million medical images of patients worldwide are unprotected on the Internet, according to a new report.

September 19, 2019
Medicare Web

Q: Does the HIPAA Privacy Rule strictly prohibit the disclosure or request of an entire medical record? If not, does there need to be a case-by-case justification every time an entire record is disclosed?

September 16, 2019
Briefings on HIPAA

Many healthcare organizations aren’t doing a great job assessing the HIPAA risks associated with third parties. Some are having a hard time devoting resources. And many are worried that their current manual risk management processes cannot keep pace with cyberthreats.

September 13, 2019
Medicare Web

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reached a settlement with Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, a Florida hospital, for allegedly violating the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access provision when it failed to give a mother timely access to her unborn child’s records, according to an OCR press release.

September 12, 2019
Medicare Web

Q: I work for a small rural hospital, and we have a lot of budget limitations for technology upgrades. Can we allow clinical staff to use their personal cell phones and mobile devices to communicate with patients? If so, how can we keep our calls, email, and text messages HIPAA compliant?

September 9, 2019
Briefings on HIPAA

Patients are getting emboldened in the digital age and want quicker, more efficient—immediate, really—access to medical records. Further, the government is reinforcing existing regulations and creating new rules around data sharing that require entities to make healthcare records more accessible and deliver records to patients in their desired electronic format. Technology innovation has made this much easier for healthcare facilities to accomplish.