The University of Mississippi Medical Center paid a $2.75 million penalty to HHS as part of an agreement to resolve security problems found after the 2013 disappearance of a laptop computer with health information for as many as 10,000 people.
The sequencing of the human genome represents the most significant breakthrough in healthcare over the past 40 years, according to Modern Healthcare readers.
The CMS keeps information about the many federal privacy laws at a website that's as plain and uninviting as the online owner's manual for your lawn mower. But that's about to change.
Following Sunday's mass shooting that left 50 people dead and dozens wounded, there were reports that the White House waived federal privacy law restrictions that prevent healthcare organizations from openly discussing patients' cases. But experts say it wouldn't be necessary and the confusion...
In the last full year of the Obama administration, federal policymakers remain so focused on interoperability that an annual gathering hosted by the top national IT office leans hard on the issue.
Two groups of health IT experts say the massive Precision Medicine Initiative will require the application of existing and new health information exchange standards and the creation of new privacy protections.
By law, patients have a right to obtain electronic copies of their medical records, but should they also have a right to access those records by using software applications of their choosing?
One way to curb the number of health information data breaches is for the federal government to share its investigative reports into HIPAA violations. More security audits and a more-engaged insurance industry that's working with clients to avoid security breaches offer other solutions, says one...
Middle-aged white people now account for one-third of all suicides in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24% in 15 years.
Many healthcare organizations are choosing to invest in secure messaging because of the business benefits—compliance, communication, and clinical systems integration. When crafting your business case for secure messaging, consider focusing on these three Cs as your drivers.
Regarding the recent article “New HIPAA audits will target healthcare industry's business partners” (ModernHealthcare.com, March 21), when is there going to be “hot pursuit” of the criminals who acquire and misuse the data? Find them, convict them, jail them and make it...
A new round of federal privacy and security audits will target the business associates of healthcare providers, insurers and other HIPAA-covered entities along with the entities themselves, according to HHS' Office for Civil Rights.