Aetna has reached a $17 million settlement after a class action lawsuit argued the health insurer breached the privacy of thousands of customers who take HIV medications.
Over the next couple of weeks, NMHS IT will be deploying a new button to the Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Web Access systems.
With the flu and viruses in full swing, how can you protect yourself and your co-workers from spreading sickness?
"Loose lips sink ships" is a World War II warning about the danger of unguarded talk. Are you carefully safeguarding verbal information to protect our patients' privacy?
Did you know that walking like a penguin can keep you safe in ice and snow? Video link included!
HIPAA Alert: 5-Year Jail Sentence and $266K Fine for Health Care Worker Who Stole Protected Health Information
As the case of health care worker Jean Baptiste Alvarez of Aldan, Penn., illustrates, violation of HIPAA regulations can result in lengthy prison sentences and costly fines.
Do you know how to stay safe as the season changes and daylight hours grow shorter? And how to reach Security at your affiliate?
Here's a fun puzzle to test your HIPAA and Halloween knowledge.
Do you know how to protect yourself from malicious email? Check out these cyber safety tips and resources.
A HIPAA reminder from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) following Hurricane Irma, the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the U.S. since Katrina in 2005: While the Secretary of HHS has the power to issue a limited waiver of HIPAA sanctions and penalties during a declared emergency, healthcare organizations and their business associates must continue to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule, even during natural disasters, and must ensure appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards are maintained to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic protected health information to prevent unauthorized access and disclosures.
Do you know what to do in the event of a fire in your department? Be ready to respond in a fire emergency.
Do you know that a permanent blind spot in the center of your vision can result from viewing a solar eclipse improperly -- even briefly? Learn how to protect your eyes when viewing the solar eclipse on August 21.
REMINDER: Before forwarding an email chain — especially when emailing to outside parties — remember to follow HIPAA privacy rules and to maintain confidentiality of proprietary information. All Methodist Health System employees are expected to maintain a level of confidentiality, both internally and externally.
A Washington hospital's employee opened an email attachment containing malicious malware, leading to a breach of 90,000 patient names, demographic info, dates of birth, social security numbers, medical record numbers, dates of service, charges or balance due and insurance identification or Medicare numbers. Do you understand the increased risk of sophisticated phishing attacks?
HIPAA Alert: Lack of a Business Associate Agreement Violated Privacy, Cost Health Care Provider $31K
Do you understand the danger of allowing a vendor access to protected health information without having a Business Associate Agreement in place? A pediatric practice in Illinois failed to follow HIPPA guidelines in its dealings with a third-party vendor. The lack of a written Business Associate Agreement cost the practice $31,000.