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 designed to wor...
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