In at least the fourth federal HIPAA case involving improper disclosure of patient information to the media, federal regulators have slapped a three-doctor practice in Connecticut with a financial penalty.
An inside view of what HHS OCR is seeing on the healthcare sector privacy and security landscape, and what the agency has in the works to address those challenges. That includes:
Insights from OCR's latest breach and compliance investigations of covered entities and BAs.
An update on OCR's HIPAA enforcement...
Organizations that don't properly guard their employees' healthcare data and violate HIPAA privacy standards are liable for large fines and often suffer significant brand damage and other negative consequences.
If hackers break into a healthcare company's systems, or an employee leaves a laptop in a coffee shop or...
This week's edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether the U.K.'s fine of Facebook for the Cambridge Analytica scandal is just the beginning of regulatory enforcement action. Plus: A potential settlement of Yahoo breach lawsuit and tips on securing data in the cloud.
Health insurer Anthem had earned HITRUST Common Security Framework certification before its mega-breach. Now that the insurer has agreed to a $16 million HIPAA settlement with federal regulators, who spelled out the company's security shortcomings, it's worth scrutinizing the value of adopting a framework.
Federal regulators have smacked health insurer Anthem with a record $16 million HIPAA settlement in the wake of a cyberattack revealed in 2015, which impacted nearly 79 million individuals. What missteps does the settlement highlight?
Health insurer Aetna is still paying the price for two 2017 privacy breaches involving mailings that potentially exposed HIV and cardiac condition information about thousands of individuals. Here's the latest update.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: An analysis of why it may be too late to secure the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. Also: A close look at the Anthem breach lawsuit settlement and a report on ransomware recovery lessons learned.
About 30 new health data breaches - including a phishing attack impacting 1.4 million individuals - have been added in recent weeks to the official federal tally, pushing the total victim count for 2018 so far to 6.1 million.
As the HIPAA security rule turns 20, it's time for regulators to make updates reflecting the changing cyberthreat landscape and technological evolution that's happened over the past two decades, says security expert Tom Walsh.
As Amazon expands its activities in healthcare, include a high-profile venture into the pharmacy business, the online retail giant will face a wide variety of important privacy issues, attorneys Jeffrey Short and Todd Nova explain.
Are federal regulators beginning to slack off on HIPAA compliance enforcement? While some observers say the lack of recent settlement announcements could signal the start of a lasting trend, others contend that HHS remains committed to aggressive HIPAA enforcement.
While California already had some of the strictest and most varied privacy laws in the country, the new California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 "is a whole new ballgame," says privacy attorney Kirk Nahra, who explains why.
A federal court recently dismissed a case filed by a patient alleging a laboratory violated HIPAA by failing to shield her personal health information from public view. The ruling once again reaffirmed a longstanding precedent that individuals cannot sue for alleged HIPAA violations.