The risks and rewards of at-home genealogy testing

The risks and rewards of at-home genealogy testing

Anne Wojcicki, the cofounder and CEO of direct-to-consumer DNA testing firm 23andMe, told 60 Minutes that she believes that her company adheres to stricter security measures than HIPAA requires.

Apple responds to senators’ privacy fears over COVID-19 screening tools

Apple responds to senators’ privacy fears over COVID-19 screening tools

HIPAA governs when a company can disclose data to a third party, and Apple says there aren’t any third parties involved in collecting the information, since “data are entered into the website and app directly by users.”.

Coronavirus: Pa. senator wants to suspend HIPAA amid COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus: Pa. senator wants to suspend HIPAA amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mastriano said HIPAA preventing the public release of the names of people who have tested positive endangers the lives of people who have been in close contact with them.

Mastriano: Federal HIPAA Regs Should be Suspended During Coronavirus Pandemic

Mastriano: Federal HIPAA Regs Should be Suspended During Coronavirus Pandemic

HARRISBURG – As a result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) is introducing a measure calling upon the federal government to temporarily suspend the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Health Data Breach Not Reported for Seven Months

Health Data Breach Not Reported for Seven Months

While HIPAA covered entities and business associates are required to investigate all security incidents, a '"breach" is not determined until the entities confirm that "acquisition, access, use or disclosure of PHI in a manner not permitted [under the regulations] which compromises the security or privacy of the PHI" occurred, she notes.

Dental Practice Gets $10,000 HIPAA Penalty for PHI Disclosures on Social Media

Dental Practice Gets $10,000 HIPAA Penalty for PHI Disclosures on Social Media

A dental practice has been fined $10,000 by the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights for violating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules by disclosing patients’ protected health information (PHI) on Yelp when responding to patient reviews.

Congressional Democrats demand details on Google's use of patient data by Dec. 6

Congressional Democrats demand details on Google's use of patient data by Dec. 6

CNBC later reported, and the companies confirmed, that they had signed an industry-standard agreement that allows for some sharing of protected health information under the current health privacy rules, known as HIPAA, but forbids either company from using that data for any purpose but to provide patient care.

Whose Data Is It, Anyway?

Whose Data Is It, Anyway?

HIPAA does govern several aspects of patient data privacy, but one of these provisions allows “covered entities” (such as a hospital or medical office subject to the law) to share data to Business Associates — which are companies that may help the covered entity carry out its health care functions.

HIPAA nightmare: An IT vendor’s error left more than 300,000 files with protected health information exposed

HIPAA nightmare: An IT vendor’s error left more than 300,000 files with protected health information exposed

Medico, Inc.’s IT vendor’s error left at least two Amazon buckets unsecured More than 300,000 files contained protected health information related to patient billing, complete with insurance information and treatment codes Leaks were independently discovered by at least three researchers using different search methods It’s been a rough few months in terms of business associates or third parties disclosing breaches of protected health information.

Windows 10 and HIPAA Compliance

Windows 10 and HIPAA Compliance

But during testing and planning deployment, Cortana and the mobile-OS-like features of sending data to third-parties begs the question, “Does Windows 10 violate HIPAA Privacy?” The short answer is that the default configuration of Windows 10 may violate HIPAA.

Data breach laws: would you know if your personal information was compromised?

Data breach laws: would you know if your personal information was compromised?

For example, HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is federal United States legislation that includes additional breach notification and reporting requirements for the healthcare industry.