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A Little Help From HIPAA

Posted in Data Security, Health Information

HIPAA’s Security Rule requires that Covered Entities perform “periodic” Security Risk Assessments. All too often, however, this regulatory obligation is ignored altogether, performed extremely sporadically, or treated as a regulatory hoop-jumping exercise to be completed as quickly as possible.  Aside … Continue Reading

Huge Relief From eClinicalWorks Decision Not to Hold Customers Liable For Its Vendor’s Actions, But Providers Should Not Drop Their Guard

Posted in Health Information, Regulation

There are inherent risks in any vendor relationship. In the healthcare industry, with myriad regulatory pitfalls, the stakes can be even higher. Several customers of the cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) software vendor eClinicalWorks were relieved by a recent decisionContinue Reading

Law Firms’ Data Duty: Protecting Client Information From Cybercriminals

Posted in Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, Data breach, Data Security, Health Information, Information Management, Litigation, Other, Privacy

The impact from the recent Petya/NotPetya ransomware attack — or what was reported as a ransomware attack but now appears to be something even more damaging — continues to spread around the globe, with several new companies coming forward as … Continue Reading

Increased Focus on Health Care Cybersecurity: HHS Releases Long-Awaited Report and Cyber Attack Quick-Response Checklist

Posted in Health Information, Other, Regulation

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a recent report noting that cybersecurity is a key public health concern that needs “immediate and aggressive attention.”  Shortly thereafter, HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a checklist of … Continue Reading

Lessons Gleaned From Recent HIPAA Settlements: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: How Recent OCR Enforcement Impacts Your Transaction Diligence

Posted in Health Information

HIPAA enforcement has been on the rise during the last several years, and the dollar impact of those settlements has continued to grow significantly. The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced a record number … Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Threats May Impact Your Digital Health

Posted in Consumer Privacy/FTC, Cybersecurity, Data breach, Data Protection and Competition, Health Information

As the healthcare industry continues to embrace the Internet of Things, cybersecurity may present unprecedented health and privacy risks to patients. Wireless-enabled medical devices are increasingly common. For some patients, this means that their hearts are, quite literally, connected … Continue Reading

The Cloud Grounded: Cloud Hosts Are Business Associates Under HIPAA Security Rule

Posted in Data Security, Health Information, Other

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued long-anticipated guidance to help covered entities and their business associates — including cloud service providers (CSPs) — comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) … Continue Reading