Prime Healthcare Settles Suit

This article introduces the case against Prime Healthcare, an Ontario-based company that owns and operates hospitals in the United States. In 2012, the company was accused of violating patient privacy. On June 11, 2013, Prime Healthcare announced that it would pay $275,000 to settle the federal [...]

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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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ARRA 2009: Privacy & Security Changes – Part I

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 statutory requirements around privacy and [...]

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Abandoned Medical Records happen... Will abandoned EHR happen more?

Abandoned medical records and their privacy implications made the news in two separate incidents over the past 10 days in Massachusetts and Alberta. The push to Electronic Health Records will solve the problem of loss for patients, but will introduce a whole host of other [...]

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