ARRA 2009: Privacy & Security Changes – Part III

This article takes a look at the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which resulted in some significant changes to privacy and security regulations which were outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The ARRA imposes substantial modifications in four main areas: 1) HIPAA statutory requirements; 2) Increased enforcement of HIPAA; 3) Provisions to address health information held by entities not covered by HIPAA; and 4) Other changes including administrative changes, studies, reports and educational initiatives. This article takes a look at the provisions for entities that are not currently covered by HIPAA, as well as other miscellaneous changes made by the [...]

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ARRA 2009: Privacy & Security Changes – Part II

This article takes a look at the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which created some significant changes to privacy and security regulations which were outlined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as well as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The ARRA imposes substantial modifications in four main areas: 1) HIPAA statutory requirements; 2) Increased enforcement of HIPAA; 3) Provisions to address health information held by entities not covered by HIPAA; and 4) Other changes including administrative changes, studies, reports and educational initiatives. This article takes a look at the modifications the ARRA made to HIPAA [...]

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Identity Access Management: Processes, Services and Advantages

IAM systems have evolved significantly over the last fifty years. Their range of functions have increased and IAM services now boast numerous advantages. This article defines IAM systems and takes a look at the functions and components of IAM [...]

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PCI DSS: Preventing Credit Card Fraud

The PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) was developed in 2004 by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and other payment card industry stakeholders in order to prevent credit card fraud. This article takes a look at the “digital dozen” that make up this standard. [...]

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Data Breaches Cost US Hospitals $6 Billion Annually

The 2010 Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security, conducted by the Ponemon Institute. The study revealed that data breaches were costing hospitals across the US up to $6 billion each year. Breaches of patient information are largely undetected by the organization, due to lack of priority, resources, preparation and staffing for privacy and security [...]

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