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Blog: CMS to launch streamlined HIPAA guidance site

By Joseph Conn  |  June 20, 2016

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.

Confusion over whether Orlando providers needed HIPAA waiver

Confusion over whether Orlando providers needed HIPAA waiver

By Joseph Conn  |  June 13, 2016

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...

Blog: The IT holy grail remains out of policymakers' hands

By Joseph Conn  |  May 26, 2016

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.

Blog: Privacy, security issues delay API recommendations

By Joseph Conn  |  May 18, 2016

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?

Middle-aged whites account for one-third of U.S. suicides

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 23, 2016

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.

Make criminal prosecution a priority in HIPAA cases, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 26, 2016

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...

Wider HIPAA audits may drive stronger vendor contracts

Wider HIPAA audits may drive stronger vendor contracts

By Joseph Conn  |  March 23, 2016

The feds appear to be preparing to clamp down on the sometimes porous flow of patient data handled by vendors of healthcare organizations, which has exploded with the growth of EHRs, analytics and mobile devices in healthcare.

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