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Healthcare Data Breaches: What Preventative Solutions Do We Have?

 

February 25, 2016

 

 

In our last blog post, we discussed the prominence of data breaches in the healthcare industry. With so much of the attention being paid to breaches after-the-fact, what can a Covered Entity or Business Associate do to help prevent a data breach in the first place?

For many organizations that have had a breach occur in the past year, realization of their inadequacy of security controls around how they manage healthcare information, internally and externally, has come too late. Many times not happening until after OCR delivers their OCR Resolution Agreement, in which their investigations reveals findings around the occurrences and the settled resolution between OCR and the breached party. By the time this agreement is delivered/received and agreed to by all the affected parties, the damage has already been done. Monetary fines have been imposed and the breached party’s reputation has been tarnished.

The breached party has to implement the specifications relayed by the OCR in the agreement. These specifications have strict timelines, forcing the organization to enter into re-act mode immediately. The organization is now charged with running a business while containing and mitigating the effects of the breach, and at the same time remediating all deficiencies found by the OCR. With resources many times already being limited for these work efforts, the pressure on the breached organization becomes real.

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Topics: Protected Health Information, Covered Entities, Business Associates, Privacy, PHI, HIMSS, Data Breach, Security, OCR, Security Framework, Breach, Healthcare Information, Data, ePHI

Violación de Datos Médicos: QUE SOLUCIONES PREVENTIVAS TENEMOS?

 

February 25, 2016

 

 

En nuestra última publicación (last blog post), hablamos de la importancia de las violaciones de datos en la industria de la salud.  Gran parte de la atención se presta en las violaciones después de que ocurren; que puede hacer una Entidad Cubierta o Afiliados Comerciales para ayudar a prevenir las violaciones de datos en el primer lugar?

Para muchas organizaciones, en las que han ocurrido violaciones de datos durante el último año, darse cuenta que sus controles de seguridad inadecuados respecto al manejo de la información médica, interna y externamente, ha llegado demasiado tarde. Muchas veces no ocurre hasta después que la  OCR hace entrega del Acuerdo de Resolución de OCR , que revela los hallazgos de sus investigaciones en torno a las ocurrencias y la resolución establecida entre el OCR y la parte vulnerada . Para cuando el acuerdo es entregado / recibido y aceptado por todas las partes afectadas, el daño ya está hecho. Multas monetarias pueden ser impuestas y la reputación de la parte vulnerada puede verse empañada.

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Topics: Protected Health Information, Covered Entities, Business Associates, Privacy, PHI, HIMSS, Data Breach, Security, OCR, Security Framework, Breach, Healthcare Information, Data, ePHI

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

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