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Connecticut Supreme Court: plaintiffs can sue for HIPAA violations

It has been a commonly held belief that a patient cannot sue under HIPAA for a breach of confidential health information as HIPAA provides no private cause of action. The patient’s only recourse has been to report the violation to

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AHIMA issues health info management recommendations

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently released a set of guidelines regarding data governance of what it calls “information assets.”  AHIMA asserts that the healthcare industry must manage the huge amounts of data it works with in an

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Study finds big increases in physicans’ online communications with patients

According to American Medical News (AMN), a new report by Manhattan Research states that online communications by physicians have increased by 14% since 2006.  The survey of 1900 physicians found that 39% of physicians use online communication tools such as email,

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Rising numbers and costs of data breaches

There is little doubt that the healthcare industry must prepare for a growing number of – and expanding costs associated with – data breaches, particularly for breaches of protected health information.  Here are just a few notable reports on this

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