Tag Archives: Health Privacy

ONC Seeks Public Comment on Federal Health IT Strategic Plan

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is requesting public comment on its Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan: 2011-2015.  ONC updated the Plan (last published in 2008) to reflect the major changes to health IT policy contained in the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act.  The Plan, which reflects … Continue Reading

HIPAA/HITECH Regulations are Coming: What do Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Know? (Part 5 of 5)

In our final post on what pharmaceutical companies should know about the forthcoming HIPAA/HITECH regulations, we will discuss provisions in the proposed rule relating to the sale of protected health information.  We previously covered the Department of Health and Human Service’s  (HHS) proposed treatment of communications about currently prescribed drugs, remunerated treatment communications, authorizations for … Continue Reading

HIPAA/HITECH Regulations are Coming: What do Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Know? (Part 4 of 5)

This is the fourth in our series on provisions of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed rule implementing the HITECH Act that, if included in the final rule, are likely to have the greatest impact on the business operations of pharmaceutical and other life sciences companies.  We previously covered HHS’s proposed treatment … Continue Reading

HIPAA/HITECH Regulations are Coming: What do Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Know? (Part 3 of 5)

In this third post on the forthcoming HIPAA/HITECH regulations, we will discuss potential modifications to the rules regarding authorization for future research.  In earlier posts, we covered the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) proposed treatment of communications about currently prescribed drugs and remunerated treatment communications.  Future Research In the proposed rule issued last July, … Continue Reading

HIPAA/HITECH Regulations are Coming: What do Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Know? (Part 2 of 5)

This is the second in our series on provisions of the HHS proposed rule implementing the HITECH Act that, if included in the final rule, are likely to have the greatest impact on the business operations of pharmaceutical and other life sciences companies.  We previously covered HHS’s proposed treatment of refill reminders and other communications … Continue Reading

HIPAA/HITECH Regulations are Coming: What do Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Know? (Part 1 of 5)

As we previously reported, the Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has indicated that the final rule implementing changes to the HIPAA regulations under the HITECH Act will be issued in March.  The proposed rule, released last July, contains sweeping changes to the privacy, security, and enforcement rules … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Grants Review of Second Circuit Medical Privacy Ruling

On January 7, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a Court of Appeals decision striking down Vermont’s prescription confidentiality law.  The State of Vermont had petitioned the Supreme Court to review the case on December 13, 2010, after the Second Circuit ruled that the law constituted an impermissible restriction on commercial speech under the … Continue Reading

Privacy in a Health IT World

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recently released a report entitled, “Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology to Improve Healthcare for Americans: The Path Forward.”  It is a wonkish discourse on the future of health information technology.  The report offers an interesting glimpse at what may be the next, next … Continue Reading

Coming Soon: Final HITECH Act HIPAA Privacy/Security Rules

In July of last year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights issued a proposed regulation implementing changes to HIPAA resulting from the HITECH Act.  As we previously reported, the proposed regulation significantly expands the scope of the privacy, security, and enforcement provisions of HHS’s existing HIPAA rules. Last month, … Continue Reading

Administration Announces Office to Build “Identity Ecosystem”

The White House is establishing a new office to work with industry to develop an online “identity ecosystem” in which consumers and businesses can transact securely and privately without the need for passwords.  U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt recently announced plans to create the new “National Program Office,” … Continue Reading

Vermont Seeks Supreme Court Review of Second Circuit Medical Privacy Ruling

The State of Vermont is petitioning the Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals decision holding that the State’s prescription confidentiality law is unconstitutional. The law at issue prohibits regulated entities from selling or using records containing prescriber-identifiable information—i.e., information linking prescribers to prescriptions for particular drugs—for marketing or promoting prescription drugs, unless the prescriber … Continue Reading
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