03-21-13 | Blog Post
Join Online Tech and guest speaker Attorney Brian Balow of Dickinson Wright as we discuss how to handle HIPAA security and privacy concerns with using patient portals.
Title: Security and Privacy Concerns with Patient Portals
When: Tuesday, April 16, @2PM ET
Register: Online with GoToMeeting
Description: The HIPAA Privacy Rule grants individuals the right of access to inspect and obtain a copy of protected health information (PHI) about the individual. Medicare and Medicaid’s Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements include the obligation of eligible professionals and hospitals to provide patients the ability to view online, download, and transmit their health information, and of eligible professionals to use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information. And outside of this, patients as consumers are demanding better and quicker access to their health information.
While electronic portals are lauded for their ability to afford patients easy and fast access to their health records, the creation and use of these portals raise legal and regulatory concerns that fall outside of the typical covered entity/business associate/privacy and data security construct under HIPAA. Please join us for an informative discussion of these issues, and some recommendations on how to minimize risk while successfully deploying an electronic patient portal.
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Brian Balow, Attorney, Dickinson Wright
Brian Balow concentrates his practice in the areas of IT, healthcare law, and intellectual property. Brian has worked with Fortune 100 clients over the last 15 years on IT-related matters, including the drafting & negotiation of agreements, formulation & implementation of policies & procedures for the management of IT (including outsourcing-related issues), counseling & advising on privacy & data security issues, and assisting clients in favorably resolving disputes with IT vendors (including disputes with the BSA and SIIA).
More recently, Brian has spoken and written extensively on healthcare IT and telemedicine issues (including HIPAA/HITECH issues). In 2012, Brian presented on social media in healthcare issues at HIMSS12 in Las Vegas and to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in Idaho, on regulation of mHealth technology at the SoCal HIMSS Health IT Innovation Summit in Yorba Linda, California, and on BYOD issues at the HIMSS mHealth Summit in Washington, DC. In December of 2011, Brian contributed the chapter entitled “Allocation and Mitigation of Liability” to the ABA Health Law Section’s “E-Health, Privacy, and Security Law” treatise.
Brian is a 1988 cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was twice a scholarship recipient and was Managing Editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. Following graduation, Brian served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. James Harvey in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.
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