HIPAA

By Jonah Comstock 08:40 am April 9, 2020
  Even before the current crisis, connected technology and the Internet of Health Things were growing in prominence and adoption. Now, spurred on by people’s efforts to stay at home as much as possible, this technology is even more important. But as health information and health data move into the homes and into consumers’ personal devices, concerns about privacy and security are giving pause...
By MobiHealthNews 02:27 pm January 28, 2020
Unfortunately for us, MobiHealthNews doesn’t have a crystal ball (it would be darn useful for getting scoops). But we do have more than a decade’s worth of experience tracking the emergence of this space and we spend a lot of our time talking to smart people with industry experience and opinions of their own.  As we enter into a new decade in 2020, your MobiHealthNews staff has put our heads...
By Laura Lovett 04:07 pm August 16, 2019
While voice has been touted as an emerging technology with the ability to lower the bar to entry, industry players are now starting to warn of privacy gaps. Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices are now becoming a frequent household item, used for everything from ordering a new wardrobe to helping with homework.  But when used in the medical industry, the technology needs to be administered...

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By Laura Lovett 04:05 pm November 8, 2018
In yet another move into the healthcare space, Amazon Web Service (AWS) has added to its collection of HIPAA-eligible services, which now includes machine learning tools Amazon Translate, Amazon Comprehend and Amazon Transcribe.  “To support our healthcare customers, AWS HIPAA-eligible services enable covered entities and their business associates subject to HIPAA to use the secure AWS...
By Jonah Comstock 02:22 pm October 19, 2018
Health systems, startups, and other stakeholders are banding together to create a series of standardized frameworks for innovators, starting with a standardized security assessment for business associate agreements. The all-volunteer group, currently called the Digital Health Collaborative (the group plans to adopt an official name next year), was conceived at and first met at the HIMSS18 Global...
By Jonah Comstock 04:03 pm December 21, 2017
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) introduced a new bill to the US House of Representatives that would change the way HIPAA applies to health data clearinghouses. Versions of the bill, called the "Ensuring Patient Access to Healthcare Records Act," has been introduced in previous sessions but has never made it to the floor. Healthcare clearinghouses are organizations that receive...
By Jeff Lagasse 02:48 pm July 20, 2017
Protenus, a patient protection solution aimed at preventing health data breaches, has undergone a $3 million extension of its Series A funding round, led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures with participation from F-Prime Capital Partners and existing investor LionBird Venture Partners. The new investment will be used to bolster its product, expand its offerings and accelerate sales growth. The move...
By Bill Siwicki 01:52 pm June 6, 2017
The pace of innovation in healthcare today is a “gold rush” for apps. Innovators large and small are speeding apps through development and bringing them to market as quickly as possible, which all-too-frequently means security is among the last considerations. That means healthcare organizations must be extra diligent when considering new apps. “There are a million different apps out there – the...
By Jonah Comstock 05:32 pm May 4, 2017
OCR settles HIPAA complaint with CardioNet. CardioNet, one of the oldest companies in the mobile cardiac arrhythmia monitoring space, has agreed to pay the Office of Civil Rights $2.5 million and enter into a corrective action plan in the end result of a HIPAA breach investigation that's been going on since 2012. The judgment is significant, writes law firm Morgan Lewis in a blog post, because it...
By Jonah Comstock 03:57 pm July 19, 2016
The ONC issued a report to Congress today laying out the gaps that exist in health data protection. The report opines at length about non-covered entities (NCEs), the large swath of consumer-facing companies that aren’t subject to HIPAA. “The wearable fitness trackers, social media sites where individuals share health information through specific social networks, and other technologies that are...