Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

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Hospital workers fired after allegedly snooping into Kim Kardashian's medical records

Five workers and a student research assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Calif.) have been fired over privacy breaches involving patient medical records--and there is speculation that the patient was Kardashian, who gave birth to her daughter with rapper Kanye West in a birthing suite at the hospital on June 15, the  Los Angeles Times  reports.

Sale of state databases threatens patient privacy

Patient privacy may be at risk as hospitals in several states sell records that can link a person's identity to medical conditions using public information,  Bloomberg  reports.

WEDI issues guidance on HIPAA requirements for EFT

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has released guidance on the HIPAA requirements for electronic fund transfer (EFT) and electronic remittance device (ERD) transactions. "Our...

Google to pay $7 million for collecting personal health, other data

Google has settled a case with 38 states, agreeing to pay a $7 million fine after it collected personal health information during its Street View project. Google also agreed to educate its employees on confidentiality of user data.

Patients sue North Shore-Long Island over ID theft

A dozen patients are suing North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System for allegedly failing to protect their medical records and notifying them of a theft.

As plans for Meaningful Use, other big initiatives solidify, what's next on the HIT agenda?

The 2013 Health Information Management and Systems Society conference is still more than a month away, so it's a little early to preview the show. But I've been thinking about what trends and issues are likely to dominate the conversation, nevertheless.

New HIPAA rule a delicate balance between privacy, sharing

With the rise of electronic health records and social media use, the newly unveiled HIPAA omnibus rule requires a delicate balancing act for hospitals.

Patients can be ID'd in 'anonymous' public genetics databases

People who participate in genomic research need to be better informed that they and their relatives can be identified from supposedly anonymous data, a new study concludes.

Stolen laptop puts data at risk for 1,100 Washington University patients

The Washington University medical school has sent letters to about 1,100 patients after a surgeon's laptop was stolen from a lecture hall during a conference in Argentina.  

New year, same old health data breaches

The new year brings more security woes to the healthcare industry: A spate of recent data breaches included one that was the result of a telephone scam and another due to a lost laptop.