Entries from HEALTH LAW SECTION BLOG tagged with 'privacy'

NY AG Schneiderman Looks to Bolster State Privacy and Security Laws

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has called for an upgrade to the state's information security and privacy laws, according to a press release issued by the AG's office January 15th. Given the prevalence and increase of data breaches over...

NY court notes terms for health disclosures - WSJ.com

The Wall Street Journal posted an AP release on its website on a Court of Appeals decision concerning patient record privacy: New York's top court says medical officials seeking a patient's mental health records in order to require further treatment...

CDT highlights its concerns: the US Supreme court case Sorrell v IMS Health Inc.

3/22- CDT's Health Privacy Project published a memo (5pp) on the US Supreme Court case Sorrell V. IMS Health Inc. (arguments scheduled to be heard on April 26)-CDT focuses on nuances in understanding privacy in its discussion of 2 aspects...

HHS proposed new rules under HIPAA, privacy website

From HHS news-7/8/10-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced important new rules and resources to strengthen the privacy of health information... (1)From the Joint Statement:[The] proposed regulations under HIPAA of 1996 would expand individuals’ rights to access their information and restrict certain...

Pres. Obama's Choices for New Bioethics Commission

4/8/10- A White House press release announced that (1) President Obama released the names of 10 individuals whom he intends to appoint to the recently created Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. The President previously named the chair...

Three Plead Guilty Under HIPAA Criminal Chrages

From a Justice Department press release July 20, 2009: Jane W. Duke, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, along with Thomas J. Browne, Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Little Rock Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today...

Medical Records Posted Online

From yesterday's Times Union: Alice Fisk searched Google hoping to find condolence messages written on memorial sites for her daughter, who died in September from complications of diabetes. Instead of condolences, Fisk found a medical report about her daughter's visit...

U.S. Senate Resolution: National Data Privacy Day 1/28/09

From the U.S. Senate Daily Digest, 1/28/09: The Senate agreed on Wed. to S. Res. 25, expressing support for designation of 1/28/09, as ``National Data Privacy Day''.(1) The recognition of 'National Data Privacy Day' will encourage more people nationwide to...

Public policy,on-line medical records, privacy concerns-analysis by CDT

From CDT, here is an up to date and concise resource-- a helpful frame of reference about some of the issues regarding online medical records and related privacy concerns. CDT observes that: The public has significant privacy concerns about having...

UCLA Privacy Breaches Rampant

From today's LA Times online: The number of patients whose hospital records were improperly accessed by employees at the UCLA Hospital System has topped 1,000, state officials said Wednesday. Kathleen Billingsley, director of the California Department of Public Health's Center...

NYSBA Creates Privacy Task Force

From a NYSBA press release today: The New York State Bar Association today announced the formation of a Task Force on Privacy that will examine current policies, practices and legislation that threaten attorney-client privacy today, and make recommendations to safeguard...

A Michigan Hospital's HIPAA Kerfluffle

It seems like nosy hospital employee stories are increasingly in the news: The state of Michigan says it is investigating a hospital where employees improperly looked at Gov. Jennifer Granholm's medical records. The AP story is here. The Detroit...

Massive Privacy Error at Georgia BCBS (Updated)

According to a piece at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution online: Georgia's largest health insurer sent an estimated 202,000 benefits letters containing personal and health information to the wrong addresses last week, in a privacy breach that also raised concerns about potential...

HHS OCR: No More Mr. HIPAA-Nice Guy

Until recently, lawyers advising clients on HIPAA issues could say that while HIPAA regulations give regulators the ability to impose some fairly significant fines, the focus of enforcement activities thus far has been on remediation and compliance. No longer: The...

Dump HIPAA? Careful What You Wish For!

It is probably too early to call it a "trend," but my news aggregator seems suddenly to be spitting out "dump HIPAA" articles in goodly number. To spare front-page gazers the length of my remarks on this issue, I've put...

Patients Steamed Over Fundraising Letters

Today's San Francisco Chronicle online has a piece bemoaning health care fundraising activity as an invasion of patient privacy: Joan Broner, like many people, never reads the fine print at her medical appointments. As a consequence, the 58-year-old San Francisco...

HIPAA in Research-Institute of Medicine (IOM) project underway, others

From IOM's website-chock full of important projects (1): IOM's Committee on Health Research and the Privacy of Health Information: The HIPAA Privacy Rule- is investigating the effects on health research of the Privacy Rule regulations implementing the Health Insurance Portability...

Criminal HIPAA Charges - Coming Wave?

Yet another criminal HIPAA case: Jane W. Duke, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, along with William C. Temple, Special Agent in Charge of the Little Rock Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today the...

Another Security Breach, And Some Musings About Authentication (Updated)

Another security breach in the news, the Chicago Tribune says: Medical information such as Social Security numbers, pharmacy records and other personal health data from about 130,000 people covered by health insurance giant Wellpoint Inc. may have been accessed via...

Patient Information Theft at NYC Hospital (Updated 4/14)

Today's New York Times reports: An employee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan stole information from the records of as many as 40,000 patients, a hospital spokeswoman said on Friday. The theft — which occurred over the past...

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