Monthly Archives: October 2005

UK: All-In-One ID Card Not Such a Hot Idea

It looks like our good neighbors across the pond have vetoed an all-in-one ID card proposal by the British government. The BBC reports: Plans to combine new compulsory identity cards with passports and driving licences have been dropped by Home Secretary David Blunkett. The UK Home Office’s official response: “When cost, implementation and risk considerations…

InformationWeek: Feds Need to Push Nationwide Healthcare IT Security

InformationWeek is reporting: A federal advisory panel on Tuesday issued a 14-point report of recommendations for what’s needed to develop, implement, and foster the secure nationwide exchange of electronic medical information. The report was issued by the Commission on System Interoperability, which was created by Congress as part of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003….

Ohio Justices to Determine whether State Law Trumps HIPAA

Here’s an interesting twist on the old federal vs. state jurisdictional dispute. First Amendment Center is reporting: COLUMBUS, Ohio — A newspaper wants to report on homes, many of them rented, where lead paint has harmed children. The city health department fears federal fines and penalties if it complies with the state’s open-records law. In…

HIPAA Compliance 2005 Forum in Nashville

This is probably more of a local interest, as it’ll be located in Nashville, but to whomever it may concern, I found this press release today, announcing that a HIPAA compliance forum would be held in nashville on November 14th and 15th: The NYU Medical center is part of a “23% minority of healthcare organizations…

Is a lead paint violation notice covered by HIPAA or by state disclosure laws?

The Ohio Supreme Court is going to rule on whether state disclosure laws overrule the federal HIPAA mandates for protecting patient privacy. This may be one of the first rulings on the HIPAA regulations and should help establish precedent for exactly when state laws should rule instead of federal law. The newspaper’s attorney, Jack Greiner,…