Monthly Archives: May 2005

HIPAA Wi-Fi Guidelines

Jeff over at HIPAA Blog has some Wi-Fi and HIPAA Integration guidelines, courtesy of Hospital Compliance Wire: 1. Make sure the wi-fi access for your patients is separate from your clinical information systems. It should operate as if the wi-fi access route was operated by the business next door. Remember, even if your clinical systems…

Uninsured Billing Class Action Suit (Christian Health, Dallas, etc)

A strong statement on the Uninsured Billing Class Action Suits: a Federal judge in Beaumont, Texas threw out one of the suits (not a Scruggs suit, though) with a strong, strong statement. As stated in Modern Healthcare’s daily emails: “A judge dismissed a federal lawsuit over uninsured-patient billing against Christus Health, Dallas, and related organizations,…

Scary: Worm Writers Have Turned Pro

Just came across an alarming article about how spyware / wormware writers are using professional software development methods to craft Internet worms. Gregg Keizer reports: A pair of research reports have explored the long-running Bagle worm and laid out a chronology that points to a professional developer who, like counterparts in the commercial software world,…

St. Joseph Hospital Medical Records Stolen?

The privacy spot reports: According to the Houston Chronicle, Christus St. Joseph Hospital sent approximately 16,000 letters to patients informing them that a computer stolen in a burglary earlier this year may have contained some of their medical records and Social Security numbers. According to the hospital letters, the only patient files affected, to their…

IBM and Accenture Buy Health Care Firms

Just catching up on a bit of HIPAA / Healthcare / Privacy news of late. Seems IBM announced that it was acquiring Healthlink, the largest U.S. consulting firm dedicated to the health-care industry. Rochelle Garner of CRN reports: IBM announced Tuesday that it will buy Healthlink, the largest U.S. consulting firm dedicated to the health-care…