It's worthwhile to examine news from Concord, NH, involving a data breach of 15,000 patient records. On first blush, the question both providers and journalists might ask is if the compromised records were a result of a sophisticated hacking scheme. The answer is a resounding "nope" and provides a teachable incident for us all.
Advances in technology and providers who lag behind on updating their information technology systems have created a "perfect storm" of vulnerabilities in healthcare IT security, one expert warned us. Worst of all, providers don't seem to being paying attention.
It's not clear yet whether Pennsylvania will become the fifth state to adopt rules or laws prohibiting or allowing private video recording or surveillance in nursing homes. But one Philadelphia nursing home's struggle to deal with the technology created a storm of controversy recently.
Protecting your resident's health information is becoming increasingly more urgent.
Like it or not, social media is now seen as activity of daily living for your residents and employees. More than 55 million photos a day are uploaded to Instagram and shared. If you thought Facebook was all you had to worry about, think again.
When the Ricky Gervais show "Derek" hit Netflix last year, I sat down to check out an episode and ended up binge-watching the whole season, captivated by the storylines set in an English nursing home. With the second season — on Netflix now — I had the opposite experience. The first few episodes didn't appeal to me, but the last few made me glad that I had stuck with the series. I was left misty-eyed and thinking about some significant long-term care issues, particularly the privacy implications of a "homelike environment."
Healthcare providers are not liable for workers who breach patient privacy 'outside scope of employment,' court rules in STD caseJanuary 29, 2014
Long-term care providers may not be on the hook when workers improperly share resident data for purely personal reasons, suggests a recent legal ruling.
If 2013 was anything, and I'm not convinced it was, it was the year of strong opinions — even in long-term care. The fact that they were often biased, self-serving or blissfully fact-free seemed to make no difference. From our nation's finest politicians right down to me, from my damp hole under the porch, we were willing to state our personal beliefs loudly, boldly, publicly, without question or doubt, as absolute truth. Or at least that's my opinion.
A dispute about privacy appears to have led a nursing home resident to kill his roommate with a wheelchair leg rest, according to authorities in New York City.
Street cameras played a major role in identifying the two brothers who allegedly bombed the Boston Marathon. In the wake of this helpful development, public support is growing for expanded use of cameras in high-congestion areas.
Providers and officers in charge of HIPAA compliance can take part in a valuable 90-minute webcast Tuesday, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. The webinar will address the progression of changes to HIPAA, particularly leading up to the January issuance of a final rule pertaining to privacy, security and enforcement provisions. Attendees will learn about the results of compliance audits, recent findings on data breaches and assessed penalties, and trends in hacking activity.
The federal government is asking how changes for HIPAA rules might impact states reporting information about patients' mental health conditions, and whether they should be allowed to purchase a gun.
Long-term care facilities face a variety of safety and caregiver workflow challenges. Families struggle to ensure the independence of their loved ones in order to maintain that person's dignity. Busy staff must ensure safety given that acuity level varies by resident. By locating seniors in real-time using RFID technology, community directors can offer assistance while protecting resident privacy, mobility and independence.
Someone leaked sensitive patient information to the press after we had a recent fire here. What steps can/should we take to investigate or determine who the leak was?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has pushed back enforcement of two electronic healthcare transaction rules by three months, the agency announced in January. That gives providers until March 31.
Healthcare providers do not violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy regulations if they share patient information in the interest of public safety, according to a letter sent last week by Leon Rodriguez, the director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
The Department of Health and Human Services issued an "omnibus" rule Thursday, comprehensively updating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security regulations passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Department of Health and Human Services has temporarily withdrawn a final rule requiring certain healthcare facilities to notify patients when there is a breach of the privacy of their "unsecured" health information.
An agreement to exempt healthcare providers from the federal "red flags" privacy rule could be forthcoming, according to a recent report from the Bureau of National Affairs.
Old people should live alone. At least, that was the general thinking back in the 1930s.
Mining Medicare's database for information comparing individual doctors' spending practices could help significantly reduce healthcare spending, according to a recent report.
The Department of Health and Human Services has released an interim rule regarding healthcare information privacy breaches.
The call for widespread adoption of electronic medical records has prompted some states to pass stringent privacy laws to protect their residents against fraud or identity theft. But a new analysis finds these laws seem to significantly diminish the effectiveness of the new technology.