Startup Spotlight: Penn Medicine spinout CareAlign aims to help health systems across the nation
PHL Inno's weekly "Startup Spotlight" feature highlights founders and new businesses cropping up in the region. The startup: CareAlign is a HIPAA-compliant project management software for clinicians.  Founded: The Penn Medicine spinout was created in 2014 after the health system couldn’t find a software that specifically handled health care coordination, CareAlign Chief Operating Officer James Green sai d. It was spun out from the health system in 2019. “It was so popular — I think Penn… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 14, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Kennedy Rose Source Type: news

Startup Spotlight: Penn Medicine spinout CareAlign aims to help health systems across the nation
PHL Inno's weekly "Startup Spotlight" feature highlights founders and new businesses cropping up in the region. The startup: CareAlign is a HIPAA-compliant project management software for clinicians.  Founded: The Penn Medicine spinout was created in 2014 after the health system couldn’t find a software that specifically handled health care coordination, CareAlign Chief Operating Officer James Green sai d. It was spun out from the health system in 2019. “It was so popular — I think Penn… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 14, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kennedy Rose Source Type: news

eAssist Dental Solutions Among the 50 Fastest Growing Companies for a 4th Consecutive Year by Utah Business
SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- eAssist Dental Solutions recently accepted the prestigious award by Utah Business as the state's 29th fastest-growing company. For the fourth year in a row, eAssist has earned a place on this list of Utah's 50 top performers – an especially noteworthy achievement considering the rating period included a three-month suspension of non-emergency dental services nationwide due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Companies are ranked according to their total five-year revenue and compound annual growth rate.Founded in 2011 by James Anderson, DMD, and Sandy O...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - September 28, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Connecticut violates medical privacy laws (HIPAA) with Orwellian push that allows health "officials" to access vaccine medical records on an individual basis
(Natural News) Ned Lamont, the governor of Connecticut, has signed an executive order that allows local health officials and school nurses to access the private Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccination” status of individuals living in their communities. Existing law in Connecticut prohibits vaccination records from being released either to patients or to health care providers, but... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delta Air Lines Is Charging Unvaccinated Employees $200 Insurance Fee. Will It Work?
As the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more companies are starting to require coronavirus vaccines for their employees. But this week, Delta Air Lines chose a different tactic when it became the first major U.S. company to say it will charge more for health insurance if employees do not get vaccinated. Some may see this as a compromise between vaccine mandates and more positive incentives, but experts say it could be complicated to execute and that there’s no way to tell how effective it will be. The move represents the tricky calculus employers are being forced to make as they try to keep employees s...
Source: TIME: Health - August 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) HIPAA Administrative Simplification (Non-Privacy/Security) Complaint Form, which is used to collect information on complaints filed for suspected HIPAA violations; and 2) Home Health Care CAHPS Survey (HHCAHPS) Mode Experiment, which will test a web-based mode of Home Health Care quality reporting submission. Comments are due by October 4, 2021 (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 5, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Filming Seizures -- A HIPAA Violation? Filming Seizures -- A HIPAA Violation?
Capturing a patient's seizure on video can be invaluable in making an accurate diagnosis. But patient privacy laws often get in the way.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - July 26, 2021 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Expert Column Source Type: news

Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott inspires HIPAA memes on social media after COVID vaccine reply
Social media users quickly corrected Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after he cited a privacy law that only applies to medical settings. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Is HIPAA and How Does the Law Work?
The measure prohibits health professionals from revealing your medical records, but it is perfectly legal to ask whether someone has been vaccinated. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Aishvarya Kavi Tags: Privacy Vaccination and Immunization Republican Party Rumors and Misinformation Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Greene, Marjorie Taylor (1974- ) Source Type: news

Does Violating HIPAA on Social Media Warrant Getting Fired? Does Violating HIPAA on Social Media Warrant Getting Fired?
Dr Alok S. Patel discusses and provides examples of inadvertent, well-intentioned HIPAA violations on social media.Medscape Hospital Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hospital Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

The Dental Compliance Institute Publishes Free Guide “How to Survive a Surprise OSHA Audit”
 The Dental Compliance Institute Publishes Free Guide“How to Survive a Surprise OSHA Audit ”  Jacksonville, FL – June 21, 2021 – The Dental Compliance Institute (DCI), a leading provider of training and certification programs designed to help dental professionals achieve full compliance of HIPAA and OSHA regulations and to also learn the essentials of patient risk management, recently published “How to Survive a Surprise OSHA Audit, ” the first in a ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - June 30, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

HIPAA and Covid-19 vaccines. What employers need to know.
As employers reopen their offices, many want to know the Covid-19 vaccination status of employees.   Long-awaited guidance from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration gave employers a strong incentive to ask about vaccination status and to pursue a 100% rate.  But employment law experts say many companies are running into resistance when seeking to learn if workers have been vaccin ated as part of their reopening and Covid-19 safety measures. Many employees are citing the Health Insurance… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 29, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Ty West Source Type: news

HIPAA and Covid-19 vaccines. What employers need to know.
As employers reopen their offices, many want to know the Covid-19 vaccination status of employees.   Long-awaited guidance from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration gave employers a strong incentive to ask about vaccination status and to pursue a 100% rate.  But employment law experts say many companies are running into resistance when seeking to learn if workers have been vaccin ated as part of their reopening and Covid-19 safety measures. Many employees are citing the Health Insurance… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 29, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ty West Source Type: news

HIPAA and Covid-19 vaccines. What employers need to know.
Many workers have turned to HIPAA privacy rules to avoid answering questions about the Covid-19 vaccine. Here's what employers and employees need to know about HIPAA and vaccination status. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 29, 2021 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ty West Source Type: news

From Storytelling to HIPAA Compliant Texting, Shark Tank Winners Excel at Creating Connections in Long-Term Care
Held virtually this year, the 2021 AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Shark Tank competition was inspirational and intriguing. After prerecorded presentations by the four finalists and virtual questioning by the judges and audience members, MemoryWell (www.memorywell.com) was the Judges Choice winner, and Hucu .ai (www.hucu.ai) took the Audience Choice honor. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - May 29, 2021 Category: Health Management Authors: By Joanne Kaldy Source Type: news

eAssist Dental Solutions Awarded HIPAA Certification by Compliancy Group LLC
SALT LAKE CITY, May 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- eAssist Dental Solutions has been awarded a HIPAA certification by Compliancy Group LLC. With dental insurance providers mandating adherence to HIPAA in patient narratives and communication, the need for third party compliance audits and risk assessment has become more important than ever before. By remaining on the cutting edge of new requirements, legal risks, and patient privacy laws, eAssist Dental Solutions has worked to further cement its status as a harbinger of " peace of mind " for dental offices across the United States.eAssist Dental Solutions is the na...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - May 27, 2021 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

ClearData expands protected health information platform
Cloud computing services provider ClearData has expanded the capability of it...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ClearData hires senior VP for customer relations ClearData to launch HIPAA compliance tracking dashboard ClearData names executive to senior VP post ClearData closes $25M in funding ClearData provides the cloud to Merge (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 14, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

How HIPAA Can Harm Patients How HIPAA Can Harm Patients
As Dr Andrew Wilner has experienced first-hand, HIPAA may not always be in the patient's best interest.Medscape Neurology (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - April 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Expert Column Source Type: news

Doctor social network Doximity adds new telehealth features
The Dialer is HIPAA-compliant and doesn ’t require any additional setup on the patient side.    (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - April 20, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

HHS: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the comment period for theJanuary 21, 2021, notice of proposed rulemaking modifying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule to promote care coordination, case management, and the transition to value-based care. Comments are now due by May 6, 2021. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - March 10, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

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

Extension of the Public Comment Period for Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 45-day extension of the public comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. The current deadline for the public to submit comments is from March 22-May 6, 2021. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - March 9, 2021 Category: Rural Health 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