As we round the corner into the final months of the year, we can begin to reflect on the most significant advances over the year. As predicted, technology in global healthcare has undergone an unprecedented transformation in 2019, and 2020 is not going to pale in comparison.  What’s hot is not only these advances in

Cyber-security incident prevention has been at the top of the list of Health IT agendas in recent years, and pressure will only grow more intense as we turn the corner into 2020.  An explosion of systems exploitation in recent months has caused Health IT professionals to be more vigilant than ever to implement procedures to

In 2017, President Trump issued a call to action that led to the declaration of a nationwide public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis. In response, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance on how HIPAA allows information sharing to address the opioid crisis.

OCR’s guidance, released in October 2017, addresses when and how

The 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 (Cures Act) mandated the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to simplify the authorization process for individuals who want to release Protected Health Information (PHI) for research purposes. Individual authorization is necessary if the information will be utilized or shared in any format other than aggregate (without

Where do personal health information and biometric facial recognition technology intersect? At first blush, there is no obvious connection between biometric facial recognition (FR) and personal health information (PHI). So aside from the run of the mill individual privacy concerns, it seems a stretch to consider an image of our face with FR as a

Under which type of disaster can HIPAA privacy rule be waived?

In the wake of the Las Vegas Massacre, you may expect that the department of Health and Human Service (HHS) would waive Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy rule requirements like they did during the hurricanes. Not so much this time.