A new white paper commissioned by Microsoft from HIPAA One assesses how current Microsoft security controls can help Microsoft Teams customers with HIPAA compliance.
Source: New white paper highlights how Microsoft Teams helps healthcare providers with HIPAA compliance
Microsoft Teams, like the rest of Office 365 is HIPAA compliant by default. The service that is targeted by Microsoft’s version, Slack, is not in its default configuration. This is not to put down Slack’s effectiveness in the marketplace, but the healthcare industry is a major user of the Microsoft system of business software and integration. This choice is not an option with collaboration and communications in the Personal Health Information space.
Alexa, please make my health records available RIGHT NOW! One of the best parts of this trial is my primary healthcare system is also participating.
Amazon has invited six healthcare providers to develop mHealth platform for Alexa, now that the company’s smart speaker is HIPAA-compliant.
Along with Boston Children’s and Livongo, others involved in the program are Cigna, Express Scripts, Providence St. Joseph Health’s Swedish Health Connect and Atrium Health.
Source: Now HIPAA-Compatible, Amazon’s Alexa Opens Up to mHealth Uses
One would think these companies would learn from other and past mistakes, but they don’t. And wonder why the healthcare business is so flawed. Anthem is not my BCBS provider, so it shouldn’t affect me personally, but if it were BCBS of North Carolina, I would be pissed.
via Anthem to Pay Record $16M for HIPAA Violations Exposing 79M Records
Azure Blog from Microsoft
Many healthcare organizations are starting to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) systems to gain deeper insight into operations, patient care, diagnostic imaging, cost savings and so on…
This blog used to cover HIPAA and related topics much more closely than is current, however, the intersection of cloud access and keeping medical data safe and legal is a topic virtually all healthtech developers must practice daily.
Source: Making HIPAA and HITRUST compliance easier
Thinkstock via HealthITSecurity.com
As I read this article while attempting to keep up with interesting HIPAA articles, I did some quick research on Wikipedia, Bing search engines, and the Federal agency that covers this topic. I couldn’t find any reference to caching and storage, which is central to attaining the truth on which political position is correct on the subject. Long story short, a planned maintenance Internet outage occurred; some staffers used their smartphones loaded with an app to access Personal Health Information; no agreement on the correctness of this action bordering on partisanship.
I believed that it is the job of journalists and editors to gather facts on the subject in question and present them in the article, or at least the updated version online after a printed story. Disclaimer, I did not go to journalism school at Auburn University.
Two branches of Oklahoma’s government are embroiled in a controversy over whether the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs committed a HIPAA violation.
Source: Oklahoma Government in Row Over Alleged HIPAA Violation
The article goes into a bit of legislative gobblygook, but the point remains that some sharing of information to solve a crisis outweighs the negatives privacy connotations. Personally, I chose to give up major online privacy years ago; that ship has sailed with Facebook, Twitter, and like services that preceded it (remember GeoCities and Myspace anyone?)
via HHS To Propose Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule, 42 CFR Part 2
I have posted information on this topic before here and here among other places on this blog. My rule of thumb is that if it touches your body and records information about it, it is subject to HIPAA regulations. Knowing that this does not fit the narrative presented by limited government advocates; that is where we are. Until Medicare and Medicaid are brought on board with coverage for wearables, this health benefit will remain a niche product and service.
For additional guidance on creating effective disclosures, check out the FTC’s .com Disclosures report. If you have a health app, don’t forget to consult the mobile health apps interactive tool, the FTC’s best practices guidance for mobile health app developers and the OCR developer portal. And when you’re telling consumers about how you share consumer health information, always remember the FTC Act as well as HIPAA (“Sharing Consumer Health Information?” 2016).
How do HIPAA security and privacy protections apply to wearable health technology and the health data it collects and stores?
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