Category Archives: HIPAA Privacy

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…

Protecting Our Privacy

Going to the doctor or the hospital we are entitled to our privacy. Sometimes we have to protect our rights to our privacy. That’s why when you fill those forms out of who they can release your information too. You need to make sure of who if anyone you put down and to keep it…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

New Linux HIPAA Software by Ecora

A Linux news site is reporting: Ecora has released Enterprise Auditor version 3.6 that includes its new HIPAA Report Pack, a collection of more than 150 pre-built report definitions that address the technical and administrative safeguards of the HIPAA security standard. “The manual process of preparing for a HIPAA security audit is time consuming, resource…

The Safe ID Act

Looks like Senator Clinton and Congressman Markey have introduced federal legislation to prevent offshore outsourcing of personal data: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Representative Edward J. Markey announced that they would introduce the Safeguarding Americans from Exporting Identification Data (SAFE ID) Act in the United States Senate and House today, legislation that would protect the…

Ameritrade Loses Customer Data

Brokerage company Ameritrade is warning 200,000 former and current customers about the loss of a backup tape containing sensitive personal information. Jim Wagner of Internet News reports: The company discovered the loss in February when it received a damaged package containing a number of backup tapes shipped from its secure facilities in the U.S. Katrina…

HIPAA Deadline Passes with Little Fanfare

Well, the deadline to complete the security requirements of HIPAA passed yesterday with little fanfare. Internet News has the scoop “Considering everything that is involved with compliance, there are a lot of factors as to why some companies may not have completed it,” Earl Crane, a senior consultant with Foundstone Professional Services, said. Foundstone, a…

DHHS Publishes Proposed HIPAA Enforcement Rule

On April 18, 2005, the Federal Register published the proposed rule regarding enforcement of the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rule. Comments on the proposed rule will be considered by the Department of Health and Human Services if received no later than June 17, 2005.