Could Google’s new privacy policy violate of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act? That’s the concern of several members of Congress, who late last week discussed their worries with Google Director of Public Policy Pablo Chavez and Michael Yang, the company’s attorney, according to an article on Search Engine… Continue Reading Health attorney: Google’s new privacy policy does not violate HIPAA

A new survey’s report comes as federal authorities say they would expand enforcement of patient privacy and security requirements. In July, the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights made clear that it would start doing a better job at making sure entities covered by the Health… Continue Reading Health organizations not prepared for HIPAA audits

There are plenty of reasons to put HIPAA back on your radar, including an audit program and record-setting fines for violations. HIPAA Audit Program The¬†HIPAA¬†audit program mandated by the HITECH Act is underway. HHS recently awarded KPMG $9.2 million to commence the program. To date, HHS review of covered entities… Continue Reading HIPAA Activity on the Rise

If you host your healthcare data with a data center, certain administrative, physical and technical safeguards should be in place, as defined by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. Although all service providers tout their data centers as secure, how do you confirm if it truly… Continue Reading How to Evaluate a HIPAA Security Compliant Data Center

The new amendment to HIPAA Privacy and Security rule recently passed by Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) and which came into effect from February 17, 2010 makes it mandatory for all the Covered entities to revise their Business Associate Contract. The covered entity should… Continue Reading HIPAA Compliance through Business Associate Agreement