With a major hack of an insurance company’s database having made front-page news not long ago, it’s natural that many physicians think first about electronic data when they think about protecting patients’ private health information (PHI).
In this interview, Daniel W. Lin, MD, discusses the practical use of currently available molecular and genomic tests, cost and reimbursement considerations, the role of MRI, and what the future holds for biomarkers.
All medical practices need to realize they are vulnerable to information security breaches. Mobile devices that house sensitive patient information can easily be lost or stolen, and practices should take steps to reduce risks by performing a risk assessment and identifying potential “leaks.”
A dermatologist had his laptop stolen from his car. The computer contained 8,000 patient records, but all were encrypted. The doctor sought legal advice, reached out to all patients notifying them of the potential breach of PHI, and hired a service to help protect his patients. Can his patients sue him?
Dr. Doe has a 25-year-old dermatology practice in a quiet suburban area. Although he loves practicing dermatology, he finds himself overwhelmed with government regulation. HIPAA, EMR, meaningful use, ACA — he does not know where to begin.
A Massachusetts dermatology practice has agreed to pay a $150,000 settlement to the federal government, the result of an unencrypted thumb drive containing patient data being stolen from a staff member’s car.