Question of the day – Is this a HIPAA violation or not? Watch the video, make your own call.
A good journalist is always willing to dig a little dirt to get a good story, but dig through the trash? That is just what one Boston Globe photographer did when he realized that the recycling center where he was dropping off his own trash was filled with confidential medical records earlier this year. Records … [Read more…]
For all the HIPAA precautions a facility takes, there is still the very real danger that they will be done in by one of their own, as a report about the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital demonstrated last week. A federal jury indicted Jasmine Smith, a Hopkins employee, and four other accomplices on charges of fraud … [Read more…]
Numerous reports have surfaced over the last week or so that indicate that all kinds of HIPAA violations and infringements of patient privacy are occurring all over the state. So far we have been told that: The Texas Department of State Health Services itself has sold or simply given away the data relating to over … [Read more…]
Two years after he survived a shark attack, Todd Murashige is suing a Honolulu, HI hospital for violating his privacy under the HIPAA act because staff at the hospital photographed his severely bitten leg and posted the images on the Internet without his permission. Todd Murashige was attacked by what was believed to be a … [Read more…]
This is an interesting little video that reminds you just how easily HIPAA can be violated in the average clinical setting. Any of these look familiar?
According to a new survey preventing patient data security breaches is the number one priority for the majority of healthcare IT decision makers but it also shows that some are still struggling to comply with all security regulations. The 2010 Healthcare IT Survey is a study carried out by Zoomerang, an online services provider on … [Read more…]
If a patient were to ask you not to reveal their private information to anyone at all do they have that right under the HIPAA laws? HIPAA privacy regulations have always given individuals the right to request restrictions on how health care providers use or disclose their information, but until recently, health care providers have … [Read more…]
Cheryl James, a nurse in Michigan was fired for violating HIPAA regulations last week –because of remarks she posted on her Facebook page. Like many Michigan residents she was upset when a local policeman was shot to death pursuing a suspect. She actually treated the killer as a part of her duties as a nurse … [Read more…]
If you are one of the thousands of HIPAA professionals who struggle every day to make their colleagues understand why all the finicky (and let’s face it sometimes downright annoying) HIPAA rules have to be followed to the letter here is yet another cautionary tale you can now use to back your arguments up. On … [Read more…]