Gun Control HIPAA Rule Changes

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

On January 5, 2016, President Obama announced a series of executive actions in an effort to reduce gun violence. Most of the announced actions are designed to beef up enforcement of existing laws and to ensure more gun sales are subject to background checks of the intended purchaser. More...

Joan Rivers, Selfies, and HIPAA

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Court papers have reported supported the contention that Dr. Lawrence Cohen shot a “selfie” while Joan Rivers was lying unconscious on an operating table at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan while undergoing outpatient surgery. The anesthesiologist for the procedure, Dr. Renuka Bankulla, reportedly entered a statement into the medical record that Dr. Cohen took a photograph of Joan Rivers while she was unconscious.  As odd - but completely plausible - cases such this one become more frequently spotlighted, it will certainly test the established classifications of what can be considered a HIPAA  violation.  Who would’ve ever guessed that selfie’s would be in the same conversation as medical records and HIPAA compliance?  The scope of what is considered HIPAA will continue to evolve with new boundaries being identified and established along the way. More...

HIPAA Violations In The Social Media Spotlight

Friday, July 10, 2015

HIPAA Violations and Social Media

HIPAA violations became the buzz of social media in the wake of ESPN reporter Adam Schefter posting an image of NY Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical chart on Wednesday (July 8, 2015). The case garnered immediate attention because of the sensational nature of the event; a fireworks accident involving an NFL player resulted in injuries to his hand severe enough to require amputation of his right index finger.
Objections, and questions, were immediately raised about the ethics and legality of publishing an individual’s medical record. More...

The Problem: Modern Medicine Needs A Modern Communication Method

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Solution: A HIPAA-Compliant, Free, Secure Way to Exchange PHI Over the Internet