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Breaking: HHS releases final rule on HITECH Act provisions

HHS has announced a long-awaited omnibus final rule that implements a number of provisions of the HITECH Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the “Stimulus Bill,” to strengthen the privacy

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Study: Most data breaches are caused by insiders

A survey by Veriphyr, a provider of identity and access intelligence solutions, found that insiders were responsible for over 60% of data breaches of protected health information (PHI). Specifically, 35% of the PHI breaches were due to insiders’ snooping into

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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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FTC Issues Final Breach Notification Rule for Electronic Health Information

Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the final rule regarding notification requirements for breaches of electronic health information by vendors of personal health records and certain affiliated entities: The rule

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This just in: New HHS guidance about securing protected information

From HHS: On April 17, 2009, HHS issued guidance specifying the technologies and methodologies that render protected health information unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals, as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

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