Monthly Archives: April 2006

Privacy Compliance Is Diminishing

Even with all the rules and safe guards supposedly in place to protect patients medical privacy, compliance is actually declining. The association surveyed 1,117 hospitals and health systems, asking officials at the facilities about compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules. Although 91 percent said in 2005 that they were mostly…

HIPAA vs. ‘Incidental Disclosure’

We all overhear confidential conversations we probably shouldn’t in various medical settings. Sometimes, it’s inadvertent: through thin examination-room walls, through flimsy curtains between hospital beds. Sometimes, it’s downright impossible *not* to hear details you shouldn’t. We’ve all seen those doctors who waltz into waiting rooms to divulge (very personal) information to a pateint’s family …and…

Ohio Court: HIPAA Doesn’t Protect All Medical Records

In March, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Ohio’s open records law overruled the protections for medical records under HIPAA. This decision is “possibly the first regarding a clash between states’ open records laws and HIPAA.” The court case involved the Cincinnati Enquirer, which wanted the city to “hand over information regarding building owners who’d…

Siemens Enhances Wireless LAN for Regulatory Compliance

Wireless LAN’s are convenient and allows for portablity. However they are very dangerous when it comes to security because even with a password, some technical individuals can still break their way through the encryption. Siemens Communications Inc. has announced today that they have released a modular extention called HiPath Wireless Manager Advanced (HWMA) that will…

Health Care Compliance Is Seriously Lagging Behind

All of health care was supposed to be following an HIPAA law passed in 1996. The deadline was 2003 and yet in 2006 only 80% of health care is doing what they are supposed to. Even worse, the numbers were the same in 2005 which means that many can’t or won’t make the changes. Meanwhile,…

Updated Brabeion Software Keeps Users Compliant

Brabeion Software has updated their products with a new software called Brabeion Compliance Center 6.0. It allows users to keep up with regulatory compliance. “With the addition of these regulatory modules, Chevron is better positioned to more proactively manage, deploy, and mitigate ongoing compliance efforts for SOX, HIPAA and other global regulatory requirements,” said Jay White, Global Information Protection…

Configuresoft’s Updated Manager Tool

Configuresoft makes software that helps clients manage their technology and privacy concerns. This software can audit and monitor both your hardware and software allowing you to spend your time elsewhere. Configuresoft has now updated this already impressive software. Colorado Springs-based ConfigureSoft has upgraded its Enterprise Configuration Manager (ECM) software. The firm said yesterday that its…

California Regional Health Information Organization Recommends Data Standards

The CalRHIO has put out a list of of recommended data standards that is needed to have everything connected through out the State of California. This map is more like a guide for California health organizations as they move into the latest technology that is needed. This map shows what the standard is at the…

Discovering HIPAA Training Series

HDMCorp has many training series to teach you and your employees everything they need to know about HIPAA Compliance. HIPAA established a set of rules governing privacy and confidentiality of health care information for covered entities under HIPAA. The federal government has mandated compliance and employees must complete HIPAA training on privacy and confidentiality by…

Google’s Wi-Fi Privacy Concerns

Google is planning to present free Wi-Fi services in San Francisco which would send it’s users advertising that is targeted to their geography. However their are concerns that this plan would allow Google to track it’s users where ever they go through their login information. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) a Sanfrancisco privacy group recommends…

How Effective Is The HIPAA Regulations?

Dawn Burriss of Optimize Magazine has written a wonderful article on the HIPAA regulations and whether it has really changed anything at all. She has first hand knowledge of how everything used to be before going electronic and helped mold what we now know as HIPAA. “More than a decade ago, I had the opportunity to…

Private Health Information Isn’t Really Private

Right now HIPAA allows your private medical information to be shared many times by hundreds of thousands of people. The way the rules are now HIPAA for the purpose of your treatment, bill collecting, law enforcement and your employer. All that seems reasonable. HIPAA, for example, allows your doctor to discuss your case with, say,…

Red Flags For New AIDS Proposal

New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden has put out an AIDS proposal that is raising red flags and angering some. The proposal would allow health officials to look through private patient files. They would also no longer need written consent from a patient to test them for HIV or give counseling to someone who…

Good Enough For A Car, Good Enough For You?

Massachusetts like many other places are in bind when it comes to health care. This progress state has come up with a “solution” and it is a mind bender. How do they plan on making a fix? Simple, they are going to tell you that you MUST have health care or face fines. That’s about…

Groups Join Forces For Medical Privacy

Congress is trying to look toward the future and become more technology minded by building a national electronic health system. A group of 26 national groups however are asking that at the middle of any such system they add a patients privacy rights to protect patients. “Patients own their health data and should control who…