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Experian is in the news again. While most recently due to their supporting role as a subcontractor in the new federal government health insurance exchange that has been having technical and availability problems (Software, Design Defects Cripple Health-Care Website, Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2013), the subject of this write-up concerns their role in the recent controversy in South Carolina, in which the nature of Experian’s business practices have come into question.Read More »
You know those questions that those “highly secure” websites like your bank or your brokerage account ask you to verify your identity? They do this because they believe they are asking you questions that only you, the real you, would know. Well, it looks like it is time to reconsider that belief.Read More »
Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), gave the keynote presentation today at the HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum in Boston. He began by noting that it is auspicious that he was presenting today, since September 23rd is the day that HIPAA business associates are now required to comply with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule including the substantial new security regulations under the Security Rule.Read More »
If you are the adventurous type you might appreciate a blind date now and then for the mystery it can offer but the same is never true when the blind date is with a regulator. The anxiety of not knowing your obligations and consequences well in advance of the date can be brand and even career threatening. While the 9/23/2013 enforcement date was rapidly approaching, I found myself spending time handling many calls from privacy officers and CISOs who are using our RADAR data incident management software.Read More »
Football season is underway. Fans paint their faces, grab artery-clogging hotdogs, and yell the opposing team into oblivion. We must apply that same fervor to fighting medical identity theft. The Ponemon Institute’s 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft received national coverage—NBCNews.com, The Wall Street Journal, CNNMoney.com and CNN to name a few—highlighting the societal nature of this crime.Read More »
The 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft, sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance, with support from ID Experts, finds that that an estimated 1.84 million people are victims of medical identity theft in the U.S., costing victims an estimated $12.3 billion. Medical identity theft occurs when someone uses an individual’s name and personal identity to fraudulently receive medical services, goods, and/or prescription drugs, including attempts to commit fraudulent billing.Read More »
Since the publication of the Final Breach Notification Rule in March 2013, there has been rampant speculation about the impact of the rule on the number of health care data breaches. Would the rule’s new “compromise” standard cause the trajectory of reported breaches to change significantly as of 9/23/2013-- the enforcement date?Read More »
Besides HITECH and the Final Omnibus Rule coming into play, it might be helpful to know that the following states also require healthcare data breach notification. It’s also important to notice that the state list is slowly, but steadily growing and while your business might not fall under HITECH regulations, it could fall under state laws.Read More »
Hybrid cars. Low-VOC paint. Organic foods. By reducing toxins and pollutants, Americans are committed to a healthier environment. But one little-known contaminant endangering our health is medical identity theft, according to the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance (MIFA), with support from ID Experts.Read More »
An recently published article by Modern Healthcare noted the extraordinary level of time and effort that it is estimated that our healthcare system will need to expend in order to comply with the new HIPAA privacy and security rules. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has estimated that each year, it takes in aggregate around 32 million person hours.Read More »
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