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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

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

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