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Healthcare Data Breaches: When & How Often Do Data Breaches Occur?


February 10, 2016




Attention to how medical information is treated by Covered Entities and Business Associates has been heightened in the information security field over the last couple of years. With 2014 dubbed the “Year of the Mega Breach”, much of the concentration of information security, or lack thereof, has revolved around companies like Target and Home Depot.

With so much attention paid to these types of organizations, their security framework and how card holder data is protected, it was an unexpected surprise for all in the medical field when healthcare data breaches started occurring at the same rate the following year.

Ultimately, 2015 will be known as the “Year of the Healthcare Security Breach”, focusing both on Covered Entities and Business Associates.

Before the first half of 2015 was over, five of the eight largest ever security breaches in the medical sector had occurred. An astonishing 34% of compromised records, compared to 0.63% between 2011 and 2014, has led to a state of panic between both Covered Entities and Business Associates.

More and more Americans are becoming victims of health

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Topics: HIPAA, Covered Entities, Business Associates, Health Information, Privacy, PHI, HITECH, Data Breach, Security, HIMSS16, card holder data, security breach, medical information, HHS, healthcare, information security



February 10, 2016




Atención a cómo la información médica es tratada por las Entidades Cubiertas y Afiliados Comerciales ha aumentado en el campo de seguridad de la información en los últimos dos años. Con 2014 conocido como el " Año de la Mega Brecha “, gran parte de la concentración de la seguridad de la información, o falta de ella, ha girado en torno a empresas como Target y Home Depot.

Con tanta atención prestada a este tipo de organizaciones, su marco de seguridad y cómo se protegen  los datos de los titulares de las tarjetas, fue una sorpresa inesperada para todos en el campo médico, cuando las violaciones de datos de salud comenzaron a ocurrir en la misma proporción el año siguiente.

En última instancia, 2015 será conocido como el "Año de Brechas de Seguridad de Datos Médicos”, centrándose tanto en Entidades Cubiertas y Afiliados Comerciales.

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Topics: HIPAA, PHI, HITECH, HIMSS16, Entidades Cubiertas, Información Medica, Afiliados Comerciales, Violación de datos, Información de Seguridad, Datos de Titular de Tarjeta, Seguridad, Privacidad, Violación de Seguridad

Healthcare Data Breaches: Who are the Key Players Enforcing PHI Requirements?


February 5, 2016



 In this blog series thus far, we’ve addressed the following questions:

  1. Who Needs PHI to Conduct Business?
  2. Who Wants PHI?
  3. What PHI IS Beyond the Scope of HIPAA?

In today’s post, I’d like to address who the key players are actively enforcing the requirements surrounding protected health information (PHI). One of these may surprise you!

First, we have The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also known as the Health Department. It is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government tasked with protecting the

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Topics: Protected Health Information, HIPAA, Health Information, Privacy, PHI, HITECH, Security, HIMSS16, FTC, OCR, Office for Civil Rights, HHS, Federal Trade Commission, Unfair and Deceptive Act, Health Breach Notification Rule

Healthcare Data Breaches: PHI beyond the Scope of HIPAA


January 20, 2016



In quick summary of the discussions through the blog series so far, PHI is individually identifiable health information that is held or transmitted by a Covered Entity or Business Associate. PHI can be any form or medium: electronic, paper, or oral and can include demographic information and relate to an individual’s past, present, or future physical or mental health or condition, the individual’s health care services received, or the payment status for those health care services.

Now, let’s discuss what PHI falls outside the scope of the HIPAA/HITECH requirements.

Although the HIPAA/HITECH requirements only apply to Covered Entities and Business Associates, it’s important to note that PHI may be redefined as personally identifiable information (PII) that applies to MANY different types of entities and different scenarios in which this information is used or disclosed for business purposes.

Exclusions to the definition of PHI as stated above, are education records (covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), records as described at 20 U.S.C. 1232g(a)(4)(B)(iv), and employment records held by a Covered Entity in its role as an employer.

PHI also ceases to be considered PHI, and thus not protected under HIPAA, when certain elements are removed from this sensitive information. This is called de-identification of protected health information. There are two scenarios in which this occurs:

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Topics: Protected Health Information, HIPAA, Covered Entities, Business Associates, Health Information, Privacy, PHI, HITECH, Data Breach, Security, HIMSS16, Personally Identifiable Information, De-identification, Health care, PII

Violación de Datos Médicos: PHI más allá del alcance de HIPAA


January 20, 2016



En resumen rápido de los debates de la serie del blog, hasta ahora, PHI es información de salud individualmente identificable que se lleva a cabo o se transmite por una Entidad Cubierta o Afiliado Comercial. PHI puede ser cualquier forma o medio: Electrónico, papel, o verbal y puede incluir información demográfica y relacionarse con la condición médica o salud mental pasada, presente o futura de un individuo, servicios de atención médico recibidos por un individuo, o el estado de pago de dichos servicios médicos.


Ahora, vamos a discutir que PHI queda fuera del alcance de los requisitos HIPAA / HITECH.

Aunque los requisitos HIPAA / HITECH sólo se aplican a Entidades Cubiertas y Afiliados Comerciales, es importante tener en cuenta que PHI puede ser redefinida como información de identificación personal (PII) que se aplica a MUCHOS tipos de  entidades y escenarios en los que esta información es utilizada o divulgada para fines comerciales.

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Topics: HIPAA, PHI, HITECH, HIMSS16, Entidades Cubiertas, Cuidado de la Salud, Violación de datos, Des-identificación, Información de Identificación Personal, PII, Información de Salud, Seguridad, Privacidad, Información protegida de salud

Healthcare Data Breaches: Who Wants PHI?


January 12, 2016



In the previous blog post, we discussed the types of entities who need protected health information (PHI) to conduct their business or provide their services. Now, let’s discuss what entities or individuals are typically interested in obtaining this PHI.

Who is Interested in Obtaining PHI?

There is no single group of people or type of organization stealing PHI for unlawful purposes. However, by looking at the 18 PHI identifiers listed below, we can see that the type of information collected and protected under HIPAA can be used for many purposes that negatively affect those whose PHI is compromised.

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Topics: Protected Health Information, HIPAA, Covered Entities, Business Associates, Health Information, Privacy, Privacy Rule, PHI, Data Breach, Security, HIMSS16, Information, healthcare, Illegal Use, Unlawful Use

Violación de Datos Medicos: Quien quiere (PHI)


January 12, 2016




En la publicación del blog anterior, hablamos de los tipos de entidades que necesitan Información Medical Protegida (PHI) para llevar a cabo sus negocios o prestar sus servicios. Ahora, vamos a discutir lo que estas entidades o individuos están típicamente interesados en obtener de esta PHI.

¿Quién está interesado en obtener la PHI?

No hay un solo grupo de personas o tipo de organización robando PHI para fines ilícitos. Sin embargo, al mirar los 18 identificadores PHI, que se enumeran a continuación, podemos ver que el tipo de información recogida y protegida por HIPAA, se puede utilizar para muchos propósitos que afectan negativamente a aquellos cuya PHI se ve comprometida.

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Topics: HIPAA, PHI, HIMSS16, Entidades Cubiertas, Cuidado Medico, Afiliados Comerciales, Violación de datos, Información de Cuidado Médico, : Información Medica Protegida, Regla de Privacidad, Uso Ilícito, Uso Ilegal, Información de Salud, Seguridad, Privacidad

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