In addition to other input, the federal Office for Civil Rights wants to know how the privacy rule might be amended to encourage information sharing among providers.
Failure to categorize data is among the mistakes made in medical practices that could set the stage for violating patient confidentiality.
Staff at medical practices should be taught to recognize suspicious email messages
A study found that more than half of information breaches at health care organizations were due to internal issues such as sending emails to the wrong recipient.
Company fined $16 million in a case involving hackers who stole electronic health information from nearly 79 million people.
Although uncommon, criminal prosecutions under HIPAA still occur.
The case involving a major health care organization involved a laptop stolen from an employee’s home and 2 lost USB devices.
A systematic process is necessary to prove an incident involving medical records did not result in a breach.
Providers need to know how to measure their effectiveness at HIPAA compliance.
Hackers’ attempts to steal data could lead to malfunction of MRI machines, implantable defibrillators, insulin pumps, and other devices.