Healthcare News & Insights

HIPAA settlements break records: How hospitals can minimize their liability

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just had a record-breaking year of HIPAA enforcement. Because the feds plan to continue this trend, that means hospitals must be vigilant about securing patients’ health data – and regularly remind staff of their responsibilities under the law. 

Risky texting: 3 reasons you shouldn’t text ePHI

Texting may be convenient, but when it comes to transferring healthcare information, it can be full of costly risks. In this guest post, Erik Kangas, founder of an Internet services company dedicated to secure web and email hosting, gives reasons why you shouldn’t text ePHI and what you can do to mitigate the risks.

The most common HIPAA violation: Human error

Although cyberattacks and other forms of computer hacking, such as malware and ransomware, have been the most recognized forms of data breaches to-date, one of the most common HIPAA violations is actually something called social engineering. In this guest post, Perry Price, president/CEO and founder of a company that delivers secure, compliant unified communications via […] [MORE]

Are you watching for this uncommon HIPAA risk?

It’s important for facilities to watch out for HIPAA violations other than security breaches that could also lead to penalties  — something this facility didn’t realize until too late. 

Proof HIPAA compliance must be an ongoing effort

Hospitals take note: There are some important lessons about compliance to take away from this provider’s recent HIPAA violations settlement. 

Avoid data breaches by reviewing ‘near misses’

Hospitals that want the highest level of security for patients’ sensitive data need to evaluate “near-miss” data breaches just as closely as events that actually compromise patients’ data.

Hospital chain faces two federal investigations

Prime Healthcare Services, a hospital chain based in Ontario, CA, is facing not one but two federal investigations. One for its Medicare billing practices and another for alleged HIPAA violations. But the company doesn’t seem to be worried about the probes.

Hospital employee sells patients’ protected health information

Another hospital employee has been caught selling patients’ protected health information (PHI) to supplement her salary.