Category Archives: HIPAA

Understanding the HIPAA Secrecy Rule, Clinical Study and a Supporter’s Admission to PHI

The HIPAA Secrecy Rule is considered to make sure a patient’s personal and private healthiness data (PHI) isn’t freely allocated to anybody with no their experience and authorization. Because of the quick progress of tech, Congress settled on that patient’s private healthiness data transferred electronically required to be defended and they made the HIPAA Secrecy…

Is your medical records ever really safe?

There are so many rules that involve HIPPA. Whether you go to a doctor’s office, a hospital or in the medical facility you are given a HIPPA form that states how your medical records are confidential. Ever sense HIPPA was established. I have always wondered how safe my medical records are. Recently, I watched Michael…

We all need health insurance

In America, the medical bills from hospital can be astronomical. You can’t barely or won’t be able to afford it if you don’t have a reliable insurance to back you up. Everyone of us might get sick in a while, whether it is spring time or winter time. Sometimes, we just might get sick. That’s…

HIPAA Hidden Consequences

HIPAA was passed in 1996 to help protect a patients privacy and private medical files. However when it comes to patient cancer trials, even when the doctors have a patients approval to get their records, the hospitals are reluctant to release the information. This has caused less cancer patients to be accepted in trial studies…

Lock Down Privacy and Increase Savings

It seems that only after a major disaster happens that problems are then addressed and sometimes fixed. That is especially true in the world of security and HIPAA. As director of technology for Kettering Medical Center Network, Burritt is in charge of the technology infrastructure for a group of five hospitals and 51 medical facilities…

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…

April 21: Deadline for Small Health Plans to Comply with HIPAA

The deadline is looming, according to Business & Legal Reports: The deadline for small [health] plans to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) security standards is drawing near. The security standards are a corollary to the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which created national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and…

Database Plan Needs to Extend HIPPA

A Congressional health subcommittee heard testimony on plans to develop a new medical information database in the United States, and experts said a new federal privacy law would be needed to expand HIPPA to cover the database, according to a story by UPI. HIPPA covers breaches of health privacy by health plans and providers, but…

Barbara Clark’s HIPAA Lawsuit & Investigation

A press release came across the wire recently, put out by Barbara Clark’s people, stating: Nearly one year ago, Barbara Clark, a former Adventist nurse, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) concerning the breach of confidentiality of her medical records under HIPAA; the federal Health Insurance Portability and…

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…

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 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…