WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leon Rodriguez, Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2nd annual Privacy & Security Forum hosted by HIMSS Media. The address coincides with the first day of compliance for the sweeping new regulations designed to protect patient privacy contained in the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule released in January.
His keynote address will highlight the new regulations and their importance to patient privacy and help provide guidance to healthcare organizations on how to effectively comply with the new rules. Notably, the new rules provide more stringent requirements for healthcare facilities for patient notification of potential data breaches, establishes new limitations on the use of a patient’s personal health information and also extends the HIPAA rules to providers’ business associates and their subcontractors.
“These changes not only greatly enhance a patient’s privacy rights and protections, but also strengthen the ability of my office to vigorously enforce the HIPAA privacy and security protections, regardless of whether the information is being held by a health plan, a healthcare provider, or one of their business associates,” Rodriguez said in a statement when the new HIPAA regulations were unveiled earlier this year.
In addition to details on the updated HIPAA rules, Rodriguez will address what the OCR sees as significant opportunities for ensuring that consumers have meaningful opportunities to engage in their healthcare through greater access to their health information and choices on sharing it with third parties. Rodriguez will also discuss protections from unwanted marketing or sale of patient health information and will provide insight into OCR's enforcement and audit programs, including areas where organizations can focus their attention to assure that their electronic health information is kept safe and secure.
The 2nd annual Privacy & Security Forum will be held on Sept. 23-24 in Boston. Visit http://healthprivacyforum.com for more information.