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A lawsuit seeking class action status filed against UW Medicine in the wake of a data leak incident has been amended to reflect that at least one HIV patient allegedly had their data exposed. Why are data breaches tied to IT misconfiguration a growing problem?
A home healthcare company has filed 17 breach reports after a ransomware attack on its cloud-based electronic health records vendor last December, illustrating once again how a vendor breach can have a wide impact.
Hacking incidents involving email appear to be the most common type of major health data breach being reported to federal regulators so far in 2020. But the largest breach added to the tally involved a type of incident rarely seen in recent years: the theft of an unencrypted laptop.
Funding for HIPAA enforcement would increase under President Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2021. Also targeted for support are medical device security initiatives and efforts to end the blocking of health data sharing.
As healthcare providers around the world prepare to deal with potential cases of the novel coronavirus, U.S. regulators are reminding organizations about their HIPAA compliance duties involving patient privacy, including permitted data disclosures for public health activities.
As health data privacy concerns heat up to a boiling point on multiple fronts, it's more essential than ever that patients get a clear opportunity to make a choice about whether their data is shared, says privacy advocate Twila Brase, who heads the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom.
As the wait continues for federal regulators to issue final rules for health IT interoperability and information blocking prevention, some industry stakeholders are raising serious concerns about the privacy of patient data accessed and shared using application programming interfaces and mobile consumer apps.
A federal court has invalidated certain HITECH Act provisions and Department of Health and Human Services' guidance related to patient requests for copies of their health records, creating new requirements for compliance officers and others to follow.
Federal prosecutors say Practice Fusion - a unit of Allscripts - will pay $145 million to settle civil and criminal investigations related to its electronic health records system. The case includes a kickback scheme involving opioids as well as false claims regarding HITECH Act certification compliance.
A California healthcare provider took nearly seven months to report to regulators a phishing incident that exposed information on 200,000 patients. Security experts are analyzing whether the delay could be justifiable.
In a bizarre "whistleblower" case, federal prosecutors have charged a Georgia man in connection with an alleged "intricate scheme" involving falsely reporting that a Savannah hospital worker committed criminal HIPAA violations.
Federal regulators have smacked a Georgia-based ambulance company with a financial settlement and corrective action plan in a case involving "longstanding" HIPAA compliance issues. How big was the fine, and what factors precipitated it?