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Advocate Health Care already facing first lawsuit for July 15 breach involving 4 million EHR patient records

Chicago area Advocate Health Care suffered the country’s biggest health care record breach to date on July 15 – when four unencrypted laptops containing over four million patient records were stolen.  Seven weeks later the legal repercussions to July’s event

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Computer viruses in medical devices: who should bear the costs for combatting? FDA issues warning, takes action

Computer virus infections of medical devices continue to be a serious issue, keeping healthcare provider IT departments busy removing malware.  (See our October 2012 blog post “Computer viruses on hospital medical devices: a growing concern; possible solutions“).  The FDA has

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Settlement of first small scale HIPAA breach announced by HHS

In a sign that HHS is serious about small data breaches, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and The Hospice of North Idaho reached a settlement agreement to resolve allegations of a 2010 breach involving 441 patient records. OCR Director Leon Rodriguez

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HHS Inspector General: Medicare EHR incentive program lacks adequate safeguards against error and fraud

The HHS Inspector General this week reported the results of its recent investigation to “verify the accuracy of professionals’ and hospitals’ self-reported meaningful-use information, as well as eligibility and payment amounts.”   The investigation reviewed payments issued from May through December

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3.8 million record breach in South Carolina: lessons learned

Hackers recently infiltrated South Carolina’s state tax records, absconding with the largest haul to date of Social Security numbers, credit and debit card numbers from a state agency. State officials describe how the theft was worked, and list enhanced security

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Computer viruses on hospital medical devices: a growing concern; possible solutions

Medical device security experts report increasing issues with computer viruses on hospital medical devices. Problem sources include inconsistent and/or incompatible security measures, as well as outdated operating systems. The Government Accounting Office has sounded the alarm, requesting the FDA to

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Computer viruses on hospital medical devices: a growing concern; possible solutions

Medical device security experts report increasing issues with computer viruses on hospital medical devices. Problem sources include inconsistent and/or incompatible security measures, as well as outdated operating systems. The Government Accounting Office has sounded the alarm, requesting the FDA to

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Health education information incomprehensible to many; HHS program to rate EHR-linked education materials for “understandability”

Health education materials provided to health care consumers until now have commonly assumed a fairly high level of “health literacy” – a level which, research has shown, makes the materials inaccessible to about 77 million people.  HHS’ new program addressing

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Sharing EHR notes between providers and patients improves care, patient loyalty among other benefits

According to Annals of Internal Medicine, a new study found no disadvantages to health care providers sharing EHR notes with patients. Via Kaiser Health News: Doctors are required by federal law to provide patients with a copy of their medical

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Laptop theft costs Massachusetts provider $1.5 million in HHS settlement

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates (MEEI) will be paying HHS $1.5 million in installments over three years for a 2010 incident.  It is worth noting that OCR also reached a $1.5 million settlement with

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OCR: Health records of over 7 percent of U.S. population breached in past 3 years

Health records of over seven percent of the U.S. population – almost 21 million individuals – have been breached in the past three years, according to OCR. Although it may be somewhat of an apples-to-oranges comparison, it is worth noting

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