From the Desk of Matt Fisher – ICYMI
By Matt Fisher, Esq
Host of Healthcare de Jure – #HCdeJure
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Tread Carefully with New Free Technology
When a new form of technology hits the market, many people will rush to use it in an attempt to tap into the perceived new worlds being opened. Healthcare has experienced that rush many times, especially in the current age of technology explosion. However, rushing into the use of new technology does not come without risk. The high stakes of healthcare, whether considering patient impact or regulatory compliance, call for assessing how to most appropriately use the technology before rolling it out. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
A Tale of Two Breach Notification Rules
The early days of February 2023 saw two very different settlements announced related to healthcare data breaches. One arguably follows a well-known course and the other could be a sign of things to come. After having a health breach notification rule on the books since 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had not actually pursued an enforcement action under the rule. The wait is now over. On February 1, 2023, the FTC announced a settlement with GoodRx due to allegations about improper use of healthcare data. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
Tracking Tools and Privacy Gaps
You go to a website and begin looking around for a healthcare product. In the current times, that can mean searching for a prescription drug that is not permitted in certain states or trying to get easier access because going to a doctor’s office doesn’t fit in with a busy or really many regular schedules. Regardless, no matter the type of service or product that might be wanted, a website is the first place to go to look for information and likely order what is wanted. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
Right of Access: Ongoing Focus
An individual’s right of access to protected health information granted by HIPAA remains both an area of concern and focus. The tension is especially important given the increasing desire of individuals to obtain information about themselves and the expanding regulatory requirements about access that are layering on top of HIPAA. Continue reading on HealthIT Answers.
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