News & Analysis

August 23, 2019
Medicare Web

More than half of healthcare providers are failing to comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s right of access, according to a recent study.

August 22, 2019
Medicare Web

Q: I work in a residential care facility, and we have smart speakers in some resident rooms. Patient information is discussed where these smart devices can “hear” it. Although most manufacturers claim speakers are not “listening in,” we all hear about how speakers sometimes do what manufacturers say they do not. Could these speakers lead to a HIPAA violation?

August 16, 2019
Medicare Web

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY), which operates ambulances, disclosed in August that 10,253 patients treated or transported by the FDNY from 2011 to 2018 may have had their protected health information (PHI) compromised after an external hard drive containing unencrypted data went missing in March, according to an FDNY press release.

August 15, 2019
Medicare Web

Q: Is there anything that a hospital needs to do regarding HIPAA and the confidentiality of famous patients? Obviously employees shouldn’t snoop, but can you recommend any added protections?

August 9, 2019
Medicare Web

A Kentucky community health center paid hackers $70,000 in bitcoin to regain access to its computer systems after suffering its second ransomware attack in three months. 

August 2, 2019
Medicare Web

U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon issued preliminary approval on July 29 of an agreement that would require Premera Blue Cross to pay $74 million to settle a class-action lawsuit resulting from a 2015 data breach.