How a vaccine clinic scandal in Philadelphia shows the need for better health privacy laws.
Google is an emerging health-care juggernaut, and privacy laws weren’t written to keep up.
We are failing to seize a tremendous opportunity for patient empowerment and engagement that lies right in front of us. A clear HIPAA pathway could enable patient consent and preferences to be administered centrally by qualified organizations that help coordinate health information exchange. This would eliminate a lot of waste and confusion while giving patients a much higher-level of visibility into, and control over, how their information is used and where it goes than HIPAA currently allows.
Americans may soon be able to get their medical records through smartphone apps as easily as they order takeout food from Seamless or catch a ride from Lyft.
But prominent medical organizations are warning that patient data-sharing with apps could facilitate invasions of privacy — and they are fighting the change.
The battle stems from landmark medical information-sharing rules that the federal government is now working to complete. The rules will for the first time require health providers to send medical information to third-party apps, like Apple’s Health Records, after a patient has authorized the data exchange
What makes this latest development even more expansive is that CMS also waived enforcement of HIPAA health privacy law violations against providers acting in good faith. This means that everyday communication tools such as FaceTime and Skype, which previously couldn’t be used because they weren’t technically HIPAA-compliant, can now be used for doctors to evaluate patients.
Research involving genetic information presents perhaps some of the most challenging areas for protecting the privacy of health information.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) protects confidentiality of personal healthcare information. But Janine Hiller, a law professor at Virginia Tech, notes in an interview with Popular Science, that if the firms only present employers with aggregated data and use sources such as search queries, the data they collect is no longer considered protected health information and is not covered by HIPAA.
In an attempt to avoid confusion, the Department of Health and Human Services has been issuing information and clarification on HIPAA, for individuals and professionals. For now, however, obtaining information on a loved one often comes down to an individual hospital's policy, and—hopefully—a little decency from care providers.
The perpetrators of this worldwide extortion scheme have created a new world of headaches for organizations legally bound to compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.
Deals with Microsoft, IBM and Google reveal the power medical providers have in deciding how patients’ sensitive health data is shared.
HIPAA protects every patient’s privacy, including Trump’s. But he seems to be using it for political advantage.
At a time when many insurers and health information technology companies are busily assembling databases of hundreds of millions of medical records, Americans find it difficult to get access to their own.
The Amazon healthcare effort and CVS-Aetna merger raise lots of questions.
Unique threats emerge every time new technology is used in healthcare, which is often where businesses unwittingly create a vulnerability for their patients. Using technology or software before it has been examined for its security risks can lead to HIPAA violations by giving hackers access to an otherwise secure system.
... a federal regulator launched a probe into a partnership that allowed Google to collect millions of patient records from the nonprofit hospital chain Ascension.
At the crux of the investigation: whether the companies adhered to HIPAA, or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy Rule is a federal law that went into force in 2003. The law prohibits health care providers and businesses and people working with them – including administrative staff, laboratories, pharmacies, health insurers and so on – from disclosing your health information without your permission.
HIPAA, as the law is commonly known, is open to misinterpretation — and sometimes provides cover for health institutions that are protecting their own interests, not patients.
Silicon Valley’s rush into the health-care business is challenging the antiquated protections of Americans’ medical histories
Although information is anonymized, data miners and brokers can build up detailed dossiers on individual patients by cross-referencing with other sources
You probably don’t know what HIPAA really means. Let’s fix that.
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Learn your rights under HIPAA, how your information may be used or shared, and how to file a complaint if you think your rights were violated.
In this HIPAA compliance checklist, we look at what you need to do and how to comply with current HIPAA regulations and what tools you can use.