Having Trouble Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine? This Standby Site Wants to Help
Here in the U.S., the COVID-19 vaccination picture looks far rosier than it did even a few weeks ago. Nearly one in five Americans have received at least one dose, according to TIME’s vaccine tracker, the authorization of Johnson & Johnson’s shot brings a third vaccine onto the public health battlefield, and President Joe Biden recently moved up his vaccination timetable, saying on March 2 that the U.S. will have enough doses to cover all American adults by the end of May. Yet spend any amount of time in one of the many ad-hoc Facebook groups where volunteers are helping eligible vaccine recipients book app...
Source: TIME: Health - March 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Fitzpatrick Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Fidelis Specialty Pharmacy Selects Citus Health to Enable Real-Time...
Innovative specialty pharmacy provider for hemophiliac and bleeding disorder patients to implement Citus Health’s HIPAA-compliant digital health solution suite to improve patient and staff...(PRWeb March 04, 2021)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/fidelis_specialty_pharmacy_selects_citus_health_to_enable_real_time_virtual_patient_communications_and_faster_collection_of_key_patient_data/prweb17770242.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - March 4, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

HHS: Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule To Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement
Notice of proposed rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to promote care coordination, case management, and the transition to value-based care. Among other things, proposed changes include increasing permissible disclosures to improve care coordination and case management, strengthening individuals' rights to inspect their own protected health information (PHI) and clarifying covered entities' abilities to disclose PHI to social service agencies and other third parties that provide health-related services...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 21, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Pulsara Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award
BOZEMAN, Mont., Jan. 12, 2021 — Pulsara, the leading mobile telehealth and communication platform that connects healthcare teams across organizations, announced today that the company was named a 2021 Product Innovation of the Year Award Winner by Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Innovation Awards. Judged by prominent industry leaders and experts, the awards program recognizes the most innovative organizations and people transforming systems and industries across the globe. “More than ever, the global society relies on innovation to help progress humanity and make our lives more productive, healthy, a...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Pulsara Source Type: news

Pulsara Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award
BOZEMAN, Mont., Jan. 12, 2021 — Pulsara, the leading mobile telehealth and communication platform that connects healthcare teams across organizations, announced today that the company was named a 2021 Product Innovation of the Year Award Winner by Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Innovation Awards. Judged by prominent industry leaders and experts, the awards program recognizes the most innovative organizations and people transforming systems and industries across the globe. “More than ever, the global society relies on innovation to help progress humanity and make our lives more productive, healthy, a...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Pulsara Source Type: news

Pulsara Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award
BOZEMAN, Mont., Jan. 12, 2021 — Pulsara, the leading mobile telehealth and communication platform that connects healthcare teams across organizations, announced today that the company was named a 2021 Product Innovation of the Year Award Winner by Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Innovation Awards. Judged by prominent industry leaders and experts, the awards program recognizes the most innovative organizations and people transforming systems and industries across the globe. “More than ever, the global society relies on innovation to help progress humanity and make our lives more productive, healthy, a...
Source: JEMS Latest News - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Pulsara Source Type: news

Pulsara Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award
BOZEMAN, Mont., Jan. 12, 2021 — Pulsara, the leading mobile telehealth and communication platform that connects healthcare teams across organizations, announced today that the company was named a 2021 Product Innovation of the Year Award Winner by Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Innovation Awards. Judged by prominent industry leaders and experts, the awards program recognizes the most innovative organizations and people transforming systems and industries across the globe. “More than ever, the global society relies on innovation to help progress humanity and make our lives more productive, healthy, a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Pulsara Source Type: news

Pulsara Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award
BOZEMAN, Mont., Jan. 12, 2021 — Pulsara, the leading mobile telehealth and communication platform that connects healthcare teams across organizations, announced today that the company was named a 2021 Product Innovation of the Year Award Winner by Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Innovation Awards. Judged by prominent industry leaders and experts, the awards program recognizes the most innovative organizations and people transforming systems and industries across the globe. “More than ever, the global society relies on innovation to help progress humanity and make our lives more productive, healthy, a...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Pulsara Source Type: news

Pulsara Wins 2021 BIG Innovation Award
BOZEMAN, Mont., Jan. 12, 2021 — Pulsara, the leading mobile telehealth and communication platform that connects healthcare teams across organizations, announced today that the company was named a 2021 Product Innovation of the Year Award Winner by Business Intelligence Group’s BIG Innovation Awards. Judged by prominent industry leaders and experts, the awards program recognizes the most innovative organizations and people transforming systems and industries across the globe. “More than ever, the global society relies on innovation to help progress humanity and make our lives more productive, healthy, a...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 13, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Pulsara Source Type: news

Proposed HIPAA Overhaul to Ease Access to Patient Health Info Proposed HIPAA Overhaul to Ease Access to Patient Health Info
The HHS is proposing an overhaul of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that will make it easier to access patients'personal health information.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - December 11, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

HHS Proposes Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Empower Patients, Improve Coordinated Care, and Reduce Regulatory Burdens
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced proposed changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Proposed changes include strengthening individuals' rights to access their own health information, including electronic information; improving information sharing for care coordination and case management; enhancing flexibilities in emergency circumstances; and reducing administrative burdens healthcare providers. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - December 10, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Opinion: Privacy challenges ahead for telehealth adopters
What will post-pandemic telehealth look like when it is once again subject to strict enforcement of HIPAA? The short answer: more scrutiny of security risks and more time-consuming and expensive compliance efforts. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 9, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Kelly T. Hagan Source Type: news

Opinion: Privacy challenges ahead for telehealth adopters
What will post-pandemic telehealth look like when it is once again subject to strict enforcement of HIPAA? The short answer: more scrutiny of security risks and more time-consuming and expensive compliance efforts. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 9, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kelly T. Hagan Source Type: news

MouthWatch Teledentistry Platform TeleDent ™ Named a Cellerant 2020 Best of Class Technology Award Winner
METUCHEN, N.J., Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- MouthWatch, LLC, a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, was recently awarded a 2020 Cellerant Best of Class Award for its professional grade teledentistry platform, TeleDent ™.This is what provider-focused, patient-friendly teledentistry can look like.A 2020 Cellerant Best of Class Technology award winner: TeleDent ™ by MouthWatch, a teledentistry platform that provides both dental professional workflow tools and patient-facing solutions.TeleDent by MouthWatch is designe...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - September 10, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

HHS: Enforcement Discretion Regarding COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Sites (CBTS) During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
Final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services announcing that it will use its discretion in how it applies the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notifications Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In doing so, HHS will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under HIPAA rules against healthcare providers or their business associates in connection with the good faith participation in the operation of a community-based testing site during the COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic. This rule is effective retroactively on March 13, 2020. (...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 18, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The perils of parity: should citizen science and traditional research follow the same ethical and privacy principles? - Evans BJ.
The individual right of access to one's own data is a crucial privacy protection long recognized in U.S. federal privacy laws. Mobile health devices and research software used in citizen science often fall outside the HIPAA Privacy Rule, leaving participan... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Net Health launching new telehealth video conferencing for therapy and wound care patients
Net Health Systems Inc., a Pittsburgh health care software provider, announced it was launching a new way for patients who are seeking therapy or wound care treatment to talk with medical experts via an online portal. The virtual telehealth visits will occur over the company's HIPAA-compliant video connection that is included in Net Health's EHR patient portal. Patients will have on-demand access to therapy and wound care information which will reduce the need to place phone calls or leave voicemail… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 23, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nate Doughty Source Type: news

HHS: Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
Final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services announcing that it will use its discretion in how it applies the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notifications Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In doing so, HHS will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under HIPAA rules against health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. This rule went into effect on March 17, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

There ’s Only One Way to Get the U.S. Back to Work: Testing, Testing and More Testing
The CDC just announced new guidelines for “critical” employees to return to work after possible COVID-19 exposure. Take your temperature often. Wear a mask. Stay 6 ft. away from others when possible. Go home if you feel sick. It is well-intentioned advice. But it is not enough—not for “critical” workers, however defined, or for the rest of us. Until we have a vaccine, which is likely a year or more off, or truly effective treatments, which may be just as far in the future, the answer is, as it has been since the start of this pandemic: testing, testing and more testing. “Anyone who wan...
Source: TIME: Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Arthur Caplan and Robert Bazell Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature Source Type: news

As connected health adoption grows, privacy rules like HIPAA are still broadly misunderstood
At a HIMSS Digital presentation, former ONC Chief  Privacy Officer Joy Pritts and Connected Health Initiative Senior Counsel Brian Scarpelli discussed some common misconceptions about the law. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - April 9, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

HHS: Enforcement Discretion under HIPAA to Allow Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information by Business Associates for Public Health and Health Oversight Activities in Response to COVID-19
Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stating that it will exercise its discretion in how it applies the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and will not impose potential penalties for violations of certain provisions of HIPAA during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This enforcement discretion is effective until the public health emergency declaration expires. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 7, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: Enforcement Discretion under HIPAA to Allow Uses and Disclosures of Protected Health Information by Business Associates for Public Health and Health Oversight Activities in Response to COVID-19
Pre-publication notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stating that it will exercise its discretion in how it applies the Privacy Rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and will not impose potential penalties for violations of certain provisions of HIPAA during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This enforcement discretion is effective until the public health emergency declaration expires. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 3, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 and HIPAA: Disclosures to Law Enforcement, Paramedics, Other First Responders and Public Health Authorities
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Published: 3/24/2020. This four-page document provides guidance on how covered entities may disclose protected health information (PHI) about an individual who has been infected with or exposed to COVID-19 to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders, and public health authorities in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Emergency Situations: Preparedness, Planning, and Response
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Published: 3/20/2020. This web page, updated on March 20, 2020, addresses the release of protected health information for planning or response activities in emergency situations, and discusses the Privacy Rule, which protects individually identifiable health information from uses and disclosures that unnecessarily compromise the privacy of an individual. It provides additional information about planning, response, and waivers, including the waiving of potential HIPAA penalties for good faith use of telehealth during the nationwide public health emergency due to C...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

OCR Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it will waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations against healthcare providers that utilize communication platforms, i.e. Skype, for telehealth services during the COVID-19 outbreak. Includes further guidance for healthcare providers on responsibly offering telehealth to patients. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - March 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

COVID-19 and HIPAA Bulletin: Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties During a Nationwide Public Health Emergency
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Published: 3/2020. In response to the nationwide emergency concerning COVID-19 (coronavirus), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has exercised the authority to waive sanctions and penalties against a covered hospital that does not comply with the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule detailed in this five-page memorandum. The waiver became effective on March 15, 2020. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical Devices and the Ransomware Menace
The first ransomware attack on a medical device was reported on a precision appliance during the 2017 WannaCry attacks. Since then, cybercriminals haven’t slowed down. Over the past 12 months, ransomware perpetuators have been relentless in their efforts to solicit payments from unsuspecting victims, even going as far as threatening to publish data if the ransom is not paid. This new tactic, in addition to the emergence of newer and prolific ransomware variants like Ryuk and Sodinokibi, has proven to be successful, too. In Q4 2019, the average ransomware payment increased by 104 percent from the previous ...
Source: MDDI - February 24, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sam Roguine Tags: Software Source Type: news

MouthWatch Debuts Significant Upgrades to TeleDent ™ its Provider-Focused Teledentistry Platform During CDS 2020
 Newest Enhancements Designed to Keep the Dentist in TeledentistryWhile Delivering Improved Case Acceptance and Patient ConvenienceMetuchen, NJ – February 17, 2020 – MouthWatch, LLC a leader in innovative teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, will debut the latest upgrades to its TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry platform at booth #4318 during the 2020 Chicago Midwinter Meeting.According to MouthWatch Founder and CEO Brant Herman, “Our latest upgrades firmly establish TeleDent as the clinician-focused teledentistry platform that also provides t...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - February 20, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

IncludeHealth launches equipment-agnostic digital musculoskeletal platform
(CincyTech) IncludeHealth, an internationally awarded digital health and performance company, announces the launch of IncludeConnect, a revolutionary musculoskeletal technology that brings digital capabilities to any equipment used for rehabilitation, performance training or general health. The platform connects, digitizes and integrates any piece of strength or cardio equipment into a HIPAA compliant, medical-grade software called the IncludeCloud ™ , allowing quantitative and qualitative measurement with feedback to drive better outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Privacy and Novel Coronavirus
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Published: 2/2020. In light of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing this four-page bulletin to ensure that Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an outbreak of infectious disease or other emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - February 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

MobiHealthNews' predictions for 2020: Big tech's here to stay, digital health moves through Gardner hype cycle and more
The MobiHealthNews staff shares its thoughts on how HIPAA, investor funding,  digital health commercialization and other focus areas will be changing over the course of the new year. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

MobiHealthNews' predictions for 2020: Big tech's here to stay, digital health moves through Gartner hype cycle and more
The MobiHealthNews staff shares its thoughts on how HIPAA, investor funding,  digital health commercialization and other focus areas will be changing over the course of the new year. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - January 28, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

HHS: Administrative Simplification: Modification of the Requirements for the Use of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) D.0 Standard
Notice of final rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to adopt a modification to the requirements of the Telecommunication Standard Implementation Guide, Version D, Release 0 (Version D.0), August 2007. This modification allows covered entities to clearly distinguish whether a prescription is a partial fill, or a refill in the HIPAA transactions and may help prevent impermissible refills of Schedule II drugs. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 24, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following items: 1) Medicaid Managed Care Regulations; 2) Testing Experience and Functional Tools: Functional Assessment Standardized Items (FASI) Based on the CARE Tool; 3) Review and Approval Process for Waivers for State Innovation; 4) Medicaid Program Face-to-Face Requirements for Home Health Services and Supporting Regulations; 5) Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN); and 6) Administrative Simplification HIPAA Compliance Review. Comments are due by January 17, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 18, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Clinical supervision platform gets $2M seed funding
Atlanta-based Motivo is a HIPAA-compliant platform that connects pre-licensed therapists with clinical supervisors for the 200-hour licensing process. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Saunders Source Type: news

Cox Enterprises leads $2M seed funding for clinical supervision platform Motivo
Atlanta-based Motivo is a HIPAA-compliant platform that connects pre-licensed therapists with clinical supervisors for the 200-hour licensing process. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 4, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Saunders Source Type: news

AWS launches Amazon Transcribe Medical
The new HIPAA-compliant tool will be able to capture physician dictation or doctor-patient conversations.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

UK ’s NHS Will Use Amazon Alexa to Deliver Official Health Advice to Patients in the United Kingdom
Since Alexa is now programed to be compliant with HIPAA privacy rules, it’s likely similar voice assistance technologies will soon become available in US healthcare as well Shortages of physicians and other types of caregivers—including histopathologists and pathology laboratory workers—in the United Kingdom (UK) has the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) seeking alternate ways to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 2, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AI Alexa Alexa Skills Kit Source Type: news

Patients still facing big obstacles getting their own health data
Despite HIPAA's right of access rule, and CMS and ONC prioritizing consumer access in their forthcoming 21st Century Cures regs, a new scorecard shows that providers have work to do. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 14, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Ascension's health-data partnership with Google sparks federal inquiry
News of St. Louis-based Ascension Health's partnership with Google, in which it is sharing health data for millions of patients, has sparked a federal inquiry. The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services "will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals' medical records to ensure that HIPAA protections were fully implemented," the office's director, Roger Severino, told the Wall Street Journal T uesday. The Wall Street Journal reported… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jacob Kirn Source Type: news

Ascension's health-data partnership with Google sparks federal inquiry
News of St. Louis-based Ascension Health's partnership with Google, in which it is sharing health data for millions of patients, has sparked a federal inquiry. The Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services "will seek to learn more information about this mass collection of individuals' medical records to ensure that HIPAA protections were fully implemented," the office's director, Roger Severino, told the Wall Street Journal T uesday. The Wall Street Journal reported… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 13, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jacob Kirn Source Type: news

Could a New Software Solution Help Medtech Address Connected Health Needs?
It's no secret that consumers expect their healthcare solutions to be convenient, personalized, accessible, and interoperable. But if a recent survey is any indication, the industry is falling short of delivering on those expectations. Salesforce, a cloud-based software company based in San Francisco, CA, found that only 40% of consumers say the communications they receive from the healthcare and life sciences industries feel relevant to them. Even more disturbing, nearly half (47%) say the healthcare industry is more focused on its own needs than those of patients, according to the company's Connected Healthcare Consumer ...
Source: MDDI - November 8, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Wellsville hospital parent agrees to $3M settlement with feds for security breaches
The parent of Jones Memorial Hospital will pay a $3 million settlement to the federal government following security breaches in 2015 and 2017. The University of Rochester Medical Center agreed to the settlement with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and to take corrective actions to settle potential privacy and security rule violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountabi lity Act (HIPAA). URMC, one of the state's largest health… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Missouri ’s State Health Department Kept Spreadsheet Tracking Menstrual Periods of Planned Parenthood Patients
Missouri’s top health official testified Tuesday that the state health department kept a spreadsheet tracking the menstrual periods of women who visited Planned Parenthood in St. Louis — a revelation that has drawn scrutiny and raised questions about whether it was a violation of patient privacy. The spreadsheet — which Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams said was created to identify patients who had undergone failed abortions — included patients’ medical identification numbers, dates of medical procedures, gestational ages of fetuses, and the date o...
Source: TIME: Health - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Reilly Tags: Uncategorized abortion Missouri onetime Source Type: news

HHS: Administrative Simplification: Rescinding the Adoption of the Standard Unique Health Plan Identifier and Other Entity Identifier
Final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to rescind the unique health plan identifier (HPID) and other entity identifier (OEID) specifications and use requirements as part of HIPAA requirements included in the Affordable Care Act. Also removes the definitions for the "Controlling health plan" (CHP) and "Subhealth plan" (SHP). The rule will be effective on December 27, 2019. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 28, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Jackson Health System fined $2M for violations of HIPA law
Federal regulators issued a $2.15 million civili penalty against Jackson Health System for alleged violations of patient privacy laws. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said JHS, the public health system for Miami-Dade County, violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) multiple times between 2013 and 2016. The OCR said Jackson failed to provide ti mely and accurate information about breaches of patient data, conduct… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 23, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Bandell Source Type: news

Jackson Health System fined $2M for violations of HIPAA law
Federal regulators issued a $2.15 million civili penalty against Jackson Health System for alleged violations of patient privacy laws. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said JHS, the public health system for Miami-Dade County, violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) multiple times between 2013 and 2016. The OCR said Jackson failed to provide ti mely and accurate information about breaches of patient data, conduct… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 23, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Bandell Source Type: news

Jackson Health System fined $2M for violations of HIPAA law
Federal regulators issued a $2.15 million civili penalty against Jackson Health System for alleged violations of patient privacy laws. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said JHS, the public health system for Miami-Dade County, violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) multiple times between 2013 and 2016. The OCR said Jackson failed to provide ti mely and accurate information about breaches of patient data, conduct… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 23, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Bandell Source Type: news

Former Roswell Park Nurse Charged with Stealing Pain Meds and Violating HIPAA
Kelsey A. Mulvey, Grand Island NY, fraud, tampering, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, hydromorphone, Dilaudid, methadone, oxycodone, lorazepam, Pyxis, water, waterborne infections, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - October 7, 2019 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

HHS Announces Culpability Limits for HIPAA Violations, Drops Annual Fines Owed by Providers
Clinical laboratories need to understand how their patients’ protected health information is being used and secured by vendors to avert data breaches and HHS penalties Most readers of The Dark Report, the sister publication to the Dark Daily, are aware that more than 24-million clinical laboratory patients had their protected health information (PHI) stolen during […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 16, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology anatomic pathology civil money penalty clinical laboratory CMP cybersecurity Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news