Category Archives: HIPAA News

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…

Trust Digital Provides HIPAA Security For CSL Behring’s HeliTrax System

September 15, 2008 MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trust Digital, the leading enterprise mobility management provider, announced on 15 sep that CSL Behring has deployed its mobility management platform to secure the HeliTraxSM system.HeliTraxSM is a web-based application that instantly and easily tracks patient’s medical data that indclude’s patient records, contact information and detailed test data including medical…

Cousin Stole Millions and Patient Records

In a case of two people who will be going away for a LONG time, police say two cousins stole more than 1,100 personal information from patients and then used them in a crime trilogy. After stealing the records, the pair proceeded to commit identity theft, and managed to bill more than $2.8 million dollars…

Worried About HIPAA Privacy?

While some are up in arms about the whole Rush Limbaugh Viagra privacy debacle, I am more interested in all the thefts that been going on. It seems to be a recurring story week after week. Only recently the Federal Trade Commission had their own breach, which was due to someone stealing a laptop from…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…