Posts Tagged ‘HITECH’

HITECH Name-And-Shame goes up a gear…

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Not content with naming-and-shaming companies who break the HIPAA/Hitech health regulations through the normal press, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is now reporting companies who lose control of more than 500 people’s records on their site.

A duty to do this comes via section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH act .

4) Posting on HHS Public Website.—The Secretary shall make available to the public on the Internet website of the Department of Health and Human Services a list that identifies each covered entity involved in a breach described in subsection (a) in which the unsecured protected health information of more than 500 individuals is acquired or disclosed.

For those not in the know – HITECH is U.S act which enforces some duty of care on people’s health information. “Covered Entities” like Health Plan providers, Care Providers (hospitals, doctors etc) need to put safeguards in place to ensure that our individual health information is not seen or accessible by unauthorized people. You can find out about HITECH on their excellent consumer web site. Read more…

McAfee Data Protection, HIPPA, HITECH and breach notification.

September 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Last week, one of my colleagues asked me to comment on 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164, which for those of us who can’t remember all the code names for the various USA Federal docs, is the one in which the Department of Health and Human Services publishes its interim final rule under HIPPA and HITECH re what data falls under these regulations, what a “breach” means, and the conditions in which data is deemed to have been “protected”.

Under HITECH/HIPPA, basically there is a duty in the USA to care for the privacy of “unsecured protected health information” – this means that anyone electronically processing our heath information has a duty of care to make sure no unauthorised people gain access to it, and a legal duty to inform us if a breach (or possible breach) of trust occurs. Read more…