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Security Alert: New Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Impact Computer Processors to Expose Sensitive Information

Posted in Big Data, Business Associates, Compliance Issues, Covered Entities, Cybersecurity, HIPAA, Medical Records, Privacy, Security, Technology
Security Alert: New Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities Impact Computer Processors Last spring the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack crippled the global economy, impacting over 100,000 organizations throughout 150 countries and generating an estimated $4 billion in losses.  The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center, a community of actors within the healthcare and public health sectors, recently… Continue Reading

The Doctor Is In – or Better Be, to Satisfy PA’s New Informed Consent Requirements

Posted in Compliance Issues, Medical Records, News from the Health Law Gurus, Pennsylvania, Physician Practice Models
With the increased presence of qualified staff members in a physician’s office and the constant time-pressure on physicians, many patients rely heavily on individuals other than the physician to answer questions about medications, procedures, and treatment plans. Physicians, in turn, lean heavily on qualified staff members to ensure patients have access to adequate information and… Continue Reading

Protected Health Information: Providers Must Proceed with Caution

Posted in HIPAA, Medical Records, Mental Health Procedures Act, Pennsylvania, Privacy, Security
Medical records are a powerful weapon in the courtroom. They may reveal the extent of an individual’s injury in a personal injury case or substantiate the severity of an individual’s mental illness when that mental illness is being used as a defense. However, while using medical records in litigation can be a dream come true… Continue Reading