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privacy & security
Via Healthcare Info Security: The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has set a March target date for release of the long-delayed final version of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act modifications and the HIPAA breach notification rule. Although an HHS...
Protected Health Information on HIT Super-Highways: If it's Secure, Do We Care Where it Travels and How it is Used When it Lands?
By: Elizabeth G. Litten and Michael J. Kline Kaiser Health News reported today that a division of UnitedHealth, Optum, will be using cloud computing technology to allow centralized access to fragmented health information. The Philadelphia Business Journal (the “Journal”) also...
The USA Today published a story yesterday about a few hospitals using aggregated consumer data for marketing of such hospitals' most lucrative services. The article describes several instances where such direct marketing efforts yielded significant profits for the hospitals. We see healthcare...
By Elizabeth Litten The widely publicized pre-Christmas breach of confidential data held by Stratfor Global Intelligence Service (“Stratfor”), a company specializing in data security, reminded me that very little (if any) electronic information is truly secure. If Stratfor’s...
A New Year's Resolution: Review and Analyze Potentially Applicable State Laws Whenever Examining HIPAA Compliance Issues
The Order of Judge Richard Smoak in a recent Federal District Court case (Opis Management, LLC, et. al. v. Dudek, No. 4:11-cv-400/RS-WCS (N.D. Fla., Tallahassee Division)) (the “Opis Order”) reminds us of the attention that must be paid to the interaction and potential conflicts or dual...