Tag Archives: Data Security

States Banding Together on HIPAA Enforcement

In the first settlement of its kind, a medical software provider has agreed to pay $900,000 to 16 state attorneys general for alleged violations of state and federal privacy laws. The settlement, stemming from a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, demonstrates the resolution of the first-ever multistate … Continue Reading

White House Releases Proposed Precision Medicine Initiative Privacy Framework

Earlier this year, President Obama launched a high-profile “Precision Medicine Initiative” (PMI) to develop treatments, diagnostics, and prevention strategies tailored to the individual genetic characteristics of each patient.  On July 8, 2015 the White House released for public comment a draft document entitled “Precision Medicine Initiative: Proposed Privacy and Trust Principles,” which provides broad guidance … Continue Reading

Stolen Unencrypted Laptops Results in HIPAA Settlements for Two Health Companies

Two more health care companies have settled potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules arising from the theft of unencrypted laptops by paying a total of almost $2 million and agreeing to continued oversight by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In both instances, the breaches were self-reported and the settlements resulted … Continue Reading

Congressional Panels Continue Focus on ACA Insurance Enrollment, Security, and Cost Issues, and Other Health Policy Topics

Congress continues to examine issues associated with enrollment in qualified health plans under Healthcare.gov.  For instance: The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing entitled “Is My Data on Healthcare.gov Secure?” The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee focused on “Affordable Care Act Implementation: Examining How to Achieve a Successful Rollout of the … Continue Reading

ONC Invites Comments on Nationwide Health Information Network Governance

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is inviting comments on a governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network under the HITECH Act. ONC seeks input on a range of topics, including: creation of a voluntary program under which entities that facilitate electronic health information exchange could be validated on … Continue Reading

HHS Issues Clarifications to Health IT Rules

On October 13, 2010, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published an interim final rule with request for comment to remove the implementation specifications related to public health surveillance from regulations established by the Standards and Certification Criteria Final Rule. Comments will be accepted until November 12, 2010. In addition, … Continue Reading

HHS Conference on HIPAA Security

The HHS Office for Civil Rights and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’ (NIST) Computer Security Division are hosting a conference May 11 and 12, 2010 entitled “Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security.” The conference will provide a forum to discuss the current health information technology security landscape, as well as practical … Continue Reading

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — Health Information Privacy/Incentives, Medicaid Funding & Other Health Provisions

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the "ARRA"). The sweeping $790 billion economic stimulus package includes a number of health care policy provisions. Reed Smith's Health Care Memorandum summarizes the major health policy provisions of the Act.… Continue Reading