Accessing your own genomic data is a civil right but requires strategies to manage safety
(Cell Press) The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 expanded individuals' access to genetic information by forcing changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule. These amendments gave Americans a civil right to obtain copies of their own genetic test results stored at HIPAA-regulated laboratories. In a commentary published Jan. 4 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, Barbara J. Evans, describes how civil rights and safety concerns collided after these changes and offers strategies to reconcile the two. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 4, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Hope or Hype?
The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on the rise in the technology sector and has become a buzz-worthy topic in many corners of our digital world. The application of AI in the medical field holds great promise for improving patient health, but will doctors and patients feel comfortable using it? Young startups have begun leveraging this technology to prove better health outcomes, but there's still a lot to do before we'll see AI used pervasively in the clinic. Current Landscape To date, the sweet spot in healthcare AI has been pairing algorithms with structured exercises in reading patient data and medical images to...
Source: MDDI - January 3, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brian Scogland Tags: Software Source Type: news

9 Priorities for Practice Management in 2018
Looking to set your long-term goals for the coming year? Here are a few that will help get you started. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 3, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Iulia Filip Tags: HIPAA Billing and Collections Revenue Cycle Management Patients Productivity Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Can You Really Protect All Patient Information?
Patient privacy can only go so far Many communication practices play an important role in ensuring that a patient receives prompt and effective prehospital healthcare. Due to the nature of these practices, as well as the unique environment of EMS field medicine, the potential exists for the patient’s protected health information (PHI) to be disclosed “incidentally.” Incidental disclosure is part of the normal course of providing care to the patient, or, put another way, is “incident to” that care. A bystander may overhear an EMS provider’s conversation with another provider about the patient, see the care that...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Can You Really Protect All Patient Information?
Patient privacy can only go so far Many communication practices play an important role in ensuring that a patient receives prompt and effective prehospital healthcare. Due to the nature of these practices, as well as the unique environment of EMS field medicine, the potential exists for the patient’s protected health information (PHI) to be disclosed “incidentally.” Incidental disclosure is part of the normal course of providing care to the patient, or, put another way, is “incident to” that care. A bystander may overhear an EMS provider’s conversation with another provider about the patient, see the care that...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Can You Really Protect All Patient Information?
Patient privacy can only go so far Many communication practices play an important role in ensuring that a patient receives prompt and effective prehospital healthcare. Due to the nature of these practices, as well as the unique environment of EMS field medicine, the potential exists for the patient’s protected health information (PHI) to be disclosed “incidentally.” Incidental disclosure is part of the normal course of providing care to the patient, or, put another way, is “incident to” that care. A bystander may overhear an EMS provider’s conversation with another provider about the patient, see the care that...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Can You Really Protect All Patient Information?
Patient privacy can only go so far Many communication practices play an important role in ensuring that a patient receives prompt and effective prehospital healthcare. Due to the nature of these practices, as well as the unique environment of EMS field medicine, the potential exists for the patient’s protected health information (PHI) to be disclosed “incidentally.” Incidental disclosure is part of the normal course of providing care to the patient, or, put another way, is “incident to” that care. A bystander may overhear an EMS provider’s conversation with another provider about the patient, see the care that...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Reintroduced bill could give data brokers more options under HIPAA
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) introduced a new bill to the US House of Representatives that would change the way HIPAA applies to health data clearinghouses. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Information Related to Mental and Behavioral Health, Including Opioid Overdose
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 12/19/2017 This Web page provides resources for guidance and other materials on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) applies to mental health and substance use disorder information. It includes resources related to opioid overdose, personal representatives for adults and minors, and mental health. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Quick Technology Risk Checklist for Your Practice
Here are five tactics to reduce many of the more common risks of data loss at your practice. Make sure you ' re up to date. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 20, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Joe Capko Tags: Pearl HIPAA Compliance Training Technology Pearls Source Type: news

9 Costly HIPAA Settlements in 2017
This year ' s HIPAA settlements ran the monetary gamut and included the first ever fine levied due to untimely breach reporting. Here ' s an overview. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 5, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steph Weber Tags: HIPAA Law & Malpractice Technology Personal Health Records Source Type: news

Steward Health Care to Expand Industry-Leading Ambulance App Twiage to Massachusetts Hospitals and Facilities
Boston, MA – Emergency departments at Steward Health Care hospitals and facilities across Massachusetts will soon feature Twiage, a HIPAA-compliant app that allows emergency responders to share patient information with hospital personnel real-time, to expedite lifesaving care. Steward will expand Twiage to all of its emergency departments after a successful year-long pilot program with 14 emergency service providers at five hospitals. Designed by physicians and emergency medical technicians, Twiage offers emergency responders the ability to use a smartphone to share real-time patient data and send HIPAA-compliant ph...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steward Health Care Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Steward Health Care to Expand Industry-Leading Ambulance App Twiage to Massachusetts Hospitals and Facilities
Boston, MA – Emergency departments at Steward Health Care hospitals and facilities across Massachusetts will soon feature Twiage, a HIPAA-compliant app that allows emergency responders to share patient information with hospital personnel real-time, to expedite lifesaving care. Steward will expand Twiage to all of its emergency departments after a successful year-long pilot program with 14 emergency service providers at five hospitals. Designed by physicians and emergency medical technicians, Twiage offers emergency responders the ability to use a smartphone to share real-time patient data and send HIPAA-compliant ph...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steward Health Care Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Capturing Dying Declarations on Video
Should we get them on video? Dying declarations are usually made by a conscious patient who believes that death is imminent and communicates information about the circumstances surrounding their critical injury and subsequent death. In some cases, these statements may be the last best hope for capturing-and convicting-an alleged perpetrator. Normally, statements made by individuals who aren't available for cross-examination are considered inadmissible hearsay in a court of law. However, there are exceptions to this rule, and a person's dying declaration is one of them. These statements are considered much mo...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news