CIO FIRED after her EHR was unlawfully viewed: There are a number of anecdotal indicators that the healthcare industry still lives by a different of privacy rules than other regulated industries. However, this type of arrogance and denial with respect to existing law will not last. You can rest assured that HHS, under the authority of the HITECH Act, will choose to make an example of organizations that engage in the egregious behavior such as what allegedly occurred in this case.
Here's a list of Five Compliance Strategies Guaranteed to fail. Further, it is not only the regulators that the industry should fear, but also the rising number of engaged patients that are not likely to sit idle while many in the healthcare industry persist in practices that abuse a patient's rights.
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