Interoperability & Information Sharing

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services put the final approval on two rules that will be transformative in the way that patients can access their health data.  This unprecedented approval will provide safe and secure access to that data via...

HIPAA Right of Access Myths

A patient’s right to access their healthcare data so that they can make informed decisions regarding their own health and wellbeing is the component of HIPAA known as the HIPAA Right of Access. Recently, the American Medical Association (AMA) published a new HIPAA...

Sharing Safely During an Emergency

When an emergency situation occurs, like that of the recent Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that is said to have originated in mainland China, the healthcare industry is affected worldwide.  From the individual patients all the way up to the largest facilities...

2019 HIPAA Breach Reporting Deadline Approaching

2019 HIPAA Breach Reporting Deadline If in 2019 you had a HIPAA breach that affected fewer than 500 individuals, you must report that to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by Saturday, February 29, 2020. Not sure if you’ve had an incident that...

Protecting Patients – More Than Meets the Eye

Don’t Overlook It When you consider a healthcare organization’s role in protecting patients, it’s easy to look at things from a high-level and miss out on some of the most critical protections an individual needs, expects and is owed. For example, when I think about...