Ensuring Data Privacy in Genomic Medicine: Legal Challenges and Opportunities

Originally published in Healthcare Michigan, Volume 40,  No. 6 Introduction As the intersection of technology and healthcare becomes increasingly nuanced, the field of genomic medicine is rapidly evolving and expanding. Genomic medicine, or personalized medicine focusing on the data holding information on base sequence in an individual’s genome, uses an individual’s genetic information to guide healthcare …

HHS Proposes Rule on Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records

Originally published in Michigan Healthcare Volume 39, No. 12 On December 2, 2022, the US Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modify portions of Part 2 of Title 42 of the Code of …

What To Do When Your Hospital’s System Crashes

Electronic medical records (“EMRs”) have become vital to both hospitals and physician’s practices. They are a secure, electronic version of a patients’ medical history and often include all of the clinical data relevant to a patient’s care, including demographics, progress notes, problems, medications, vital signs, past medical history, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports. The …

Launch of the Criminal Division’s In-House Health Care Data Analytics Team

In its “2017 Year in Review” (https://www.justice.gov/criminal- fraud/file/1026996/download), the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice announced the launch of its Health Care Fraud Unit’s Data Analytics Team. While the use of data analytics is not new to the Department of Health and Human Services and civil enforcement section of …

The Grey’s Anatomy / Allscripts Ransomware Crossover Event: When Scripted TV Becomes Reality, the Script Goes Out the Window

For those familiar with the Shonda Rhimes juggernaut, Grey’s Anatomy, it is the story of surgical residents, fellows, and attending physicians as they work in the surgical wing of the fictional Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. In most episodes, the situations in which the doctors find themselves in are entertaining, but not necessarily how they might …

Attempting To Avoid The High Cost Of A Reported HIPAA Breach

By: Kimberly Ruppel and Billee Lightvoet Ward Preventing unintended or unauthorized disclosure of protected health information is an ever-present goal of all covered entities and business associates. However, protective firewalls and electronic data security measures are not enough to avoid a potentially costly penalty or settlement amount in the event of a breach. In order …

Canada-US Health IT Innovation Summit: Detroit

Join TechTown, University of Windsor, Canadian Technology Accelerator, Consulate General of Canada in Detroit, and We-Tech Alliance for the first ever Canada-US Health IT Innovation Summit in Detroit on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at TechTown. This event is a unique opportunity to connect American and Canadian companies in exploring new areas and avenues for innovation …

Healthcare Industry Sees Increase in Malware Attacks

By Craig Phillips In the last couple of weeks, numerous large health organizations, including hospitals, have been the target of malware attacks. Last night, MedStar, which operates ten hospitals in Washington, D.C. and Maryland was hit with malware and had to take all of their computer systems, including every station in every hospital offline. MedStar, …

HIPAA Privacy Rule Amendment will Permit Very Limited Reporting of Mental Health Information to the NICS

By Rose Willis An amendment to HIPAA’s privacy rules will allow a limited subset of covered entities (such as, potentially, state agencies) to disclose information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The amendment takes effect February 5, 2016, and will be most relevant in those states that do not already require reporting …

Happy ICD-10 Day!

By Craig Phillips   Since 13,000 ways to be sick, injured, or mortally wounded were not enough, we now have about 70,000 ways.  This includes codes for “parrot bites” and “sucked into a jet engine.” There is also V97.33XD – “sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter;” what patient was sucked into a jet engine, survived, …