The prospect of class action lawsuits being filed in the aftermath of a major data breach often has more impact on breached healthcare organizations than the potential for fines and enforcement actions by government regulators, says attorney Jeff Westerman of Westerman Law Corp.
The planned merging of two health data exchange standards organizations - DirectTrust and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission - will help support healthcare sector efforts to advance secure health data exchange, says Scott Stuewe, CEO of DirectTrust.
A federal judge has denied granting a preliminary injunction against Meta to stop the firm's Pixel tracking code in healthcare websites from collecting and disseminating patient information for advertising. But the judge says he could change his mind as more details about patient privacy emerge.
A resurrected proposal to enhance medical device security is nestled within the 4,155-page, $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that the Senate passed Thursday and sent to the House for approval. Medical device makers would be required to meet cybersecurity standards and disclose vulnerabilities.
An Oklahoma-based provider of administrative and technology services to healthcare organizations is notifying more than 271,000 individuals that their personal information may have been compromised in a hacking incident involving a third-party data storage vendor.
A Florida primary care practice will pay a $20,000 financial penalty and implement a corrective action plan to settle a HIPAA right of patient access dispute. The case is the 42nd such dispute resolved by the Department of Health and Human Services since April 2019.
A California dental practice that for years revealed patient data on Yelp must stop doing so and pay federal regulators a $23,000 fine. New Vision Dental, owned by Dr. Brandon Au, must also delete social media posts and send breach notification letters to affected patients.
Updated guidance from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services aims to help clarify for mobile health app developers creating apps that process health data the privacy and security regulations that apply to their products.
Chicago-based hospital chain CommonSpirit reported to federal regulators that its October ransomware incident affected the protected health information of nearly 624,000 individuals. Among the information compromised were names, addresses, phone numbers and birthdates.
A hacking incident at a cloud-based electronic health records software vendor affects dozens of the company's pediatric practice clients and more than 2.2 million of their patients and other individuals. The breach spotlights several common but serious risks.
Federal regulators issued a warning to healthcare entities and their tech vendors that the use of tracking code embedded in patient portals that transmit patient information to third-parties could be a violation of HIPAA and punishable with monetary fines.
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a new proposed rule to better align the HIPAA privacy and breach notification rules with regulations involving the confidentiality of records pertaining to patients receiving treatment for substance use disorders.
Healthcare providers and their vendors often fear federal regulatory action, but do fines and corrective action many any difference at all? As breach cases have nearly doubled since 2018, federal fines dropped 93% in 2022, and some say the agency is understaffed and crippled by legal challenges.
An Indiana healthcare network, Community Health Network, is the latest medical entity to classify its use of online tracking code as a data breach reportable to federal regulators. It said the unauthorized access/disclosure breach affected 1.5 million individuals.
Authorities charged six people, including five former Tennessee hospital workers, with conspiracy in disclosing health data. Federal prosecutors say the six sold information about patients involved in motor vehicle accidents to third parties, including chiropractors and personal injury attorneys.