Chinese hackers were apparently behind the theft of 4.5 million patient records, which included social security numbers, from Community Health Systems, a Franklin, Tenn.-based hospital group, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
BYOD practices are especially popular in some healthcare settings, where many physicians and care providers are 'associates' rather than employees. Benson Hospital, near Tucson, Ariz., found a solution to its growing BYOD practice that offers employee flexibility and network security.
Two hospitals in New York state have agreed to pay $4.8 million to settle with the Department of Health and Human Services over HIPAA violations.
Despite concerns over security and patient information privacy, the healthcare industry is one of the most aggressive when it comes to adopting BYOD.
HIPAA protects data privacy in medical settings but maybe not so much in general consumer use.
When participants are treated as partners rather than subjects, all benefit from the experience.
While those in healthcare, particularly physicians, will find this info helpful, it is also important for everyday people to understand what their doctors should be doing to protect the privacy of their electronic medical records and what the "notice of privacy practices" means to patients.
The Health and Human Services Department has levied a $1.2 million fine on Affinity Health Plan for failing to erase protected health information from photocopiers that it returned to leasing agencies.
The Department of Health and Human Services is levying a $1.7 million fine on managed care company WellPoint for exposing health records of 612,402 individuals to the Internet in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Vermont and North Dakota recently beefed up their data breach notification laws, according to the Data Privacy Monitor published by the BakerHostetler law firm.