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I was thinking back on the keynote speech that Michael Josephson, president and founder of the Josephson Institute, gave at the HCCA conference in San Diego in April. He spoke on the role of ethics in compliance. It prompted me to Google the Hippocratic oath that physicians and other health care professionals take to uphold their professional ethical standards. What I found was this text taken from the original version of the Hippocratic oath written in the 12th century:Read More »
The recent story on the healthcare breach tally reaching 30 million victims caused pause for many of us. That coupled with the recent Ponemon Report that revealed data breaches in healthcare have increased 100% since 2010 should send shock waves across the community of those who are responsible for protecting PHI.Read More »
If you are a compliance or privacy officer of a hospital or work in a health care entity that is responsible for managing patient data, you need to attend the PPN Forum. In just one day, you will learn the current and future threats causing PHI data loss incidents as well as the best practices to effectively remediate breaches and mitigate the risk of harm to affected patients.Read More »
It’s been a year since the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule was issued. Kudos to the healthcare organizations that have made strides toward compliance. But shifting threats and risks, as revealed in the newly released Fourth Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy and Data Security by Ponemon Institute, are forcing organizations to be reactive, not proactive. It’s like a bucket filled with water and holes. The water keeps spurting out. Every time you patch a hole, a new one forms. The whole process of patching old and new holes is overwhelming and never-endingRead 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 »
Over the past 10 years I have seen many organizations experience a breach of PII and PHI. Many companies now realize that breaches are something that can happen to them, not just “the other guy.” This awareness has increased at all levels, from consumers to the executive suite, due in part to legislation like HIPAA, HITECH, Red Flag, and state data breach notification laws that require disclosure and corrective actions. The type of data breached has also evolved from PII to now include PHI, specifically health insurance numbers to commit medical identity theft and healthcare fraud. Every study we see on this topic indicates that the significant value of healthcare data—$50 a record on the black market—to bad actors, along with the complexity of securing the healthcare ecosystem, makes it vulnerable to these kinds of crimes.Read More »
Medical identity theft is the latest threat to affect patients—especially senior citizens. Although medical identity theft can make a victim of anyone who seeks healthcare, there are factors that can increase a person’s likelihood of becoming a victim of medical identity theft. One is age. Simply being a senior citizen can elevate a person’s chances of falling prey to this crime.Read More »
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