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Quick Bytes: Health Bug

- Hacking attacks against healthcare organizations increased 85 percent between February 2007 and January 2008, according to SecureWorks.

Saving Lives Securely

- To ensure a safe environment for patients, visitors, and medical staff, hospitals have to consider security in both the design and operation of the emergency room. 

Caring for Patients' Records

- The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University turned to online training to get staff and students up to speed on HIPAA's Security Rule.

Dengue Fever Infects 55,000 in Rio

- The mosquito-borne virus has killed 67 in Rio de Janeiro state, as the public and some government officials blame authorities for a flat-footed response.

Heart Monitors Can Be Hacked, Researchers Say

- A research team has hacked into a defibrillator, but says the possibility that others will try and succeed are low.

Live Operators Can Help Stop an Outbreak of Infectious Disease

- A new RAND study to be published in the American Journal of Public Health says live operators are a good first defense in stopping the spread of infectious diseases, but better performance is needed.

A Healthy Approach to Medical Data

- Find out how one hospital streamlined secure data access and met government privacy regulations.

Bulking Up Video Surveillance

- A CCTV system is deemed fit for a chain of gyms.

Quick Bytes: Healthcare

- The security rules from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) go into effect in April 2005 for most organizations (a year later for healthcare organizations and other covered entities that do below a certain threshold level of business), giving institutions less than a year to get ready. An Introductory Resource Guide for Implementing the HIPAA Security Rule, a new draft paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), can help those responsible for implementing the security rule to understand the rule's concepts while pointing them to standards and other references and explaining key terms and acronyms. @ Link to the NIST paper

Quick Bytes: Healthcare Rules

- The security rules from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) go into effect in April 2005 for most organizations (a year later for healthcare organizations and other covered entities that do below a certain threshold level of business), giving institutions less than a year to get ready. An Introductory Resource Guide for Implementing the HIPAA Security Rule, a new draft paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), can help those responsible for implementing the security rule to understand the rule's concepts while pointing them to standards and other references and explaining key terms and acronyms. @ Link to the NIST paper by visiting SM Online.

OSHA

- One bill (H.R. 2728) introduced by Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA) would allow businesses extra time to reply to OSHA citations. Under current law, businesses have 15 days to respond. However, H.R. 2728 would allow OSHA to grant exceptions to this deadline in cases where the employer failed to comply due to "mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect." Another bill (H.R. 2731) also introduced by Norwood would allow small businesses--those with fewer than 100 employees and a net worth of less than $7 million--to seek reimbursement of attorney's fees if they successfully contest an OSHA citation. Such fees could be collected from the government even if the citation was "substantially justified."

Fire safety

- Nursing home fires in Hartford, Connecticut, and Nashville, Tennessee, last year killed 31 residents. As old facilities grandfathered from federal fire-safety standards on new facilities, neither had sprinkler systems. The GAO has called for the federal government to work with the National Fire Protection Association to strengthen fire-safety standards and to improve oversight of nursing home fire safety, such as by reviewing exemptions granted to facilities without sprinklers.

Violate HIPAA, Go to Jail

- A Seattle man recently pled guilty in the first criminal conviction under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that went into effect a year ago.
 




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