Despite the fact that the industry has been living with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and its attendant regulations (HIPAA) for well over a decade, keeping patients' health information private and secure in the Internet age continues to be an area where many health care providers struggle to comply. The increasing use of electronic health records has added additional complexity and challenges, opening providers up to data breach allegations under HIPAA as well as state privacy breach and data security laws. At the same time, the use of "big data" to achieve cost savings and increase quality for managed populations promises to change the provider landscape in more than just how providers are paid for services. Health care providers need a trusted advisor in their corner, one with a solid understanding of the intricacies of this complex area of law. Herrin Health Law, P.C. fills that advisory role for providers across the country.
The attorneys at Herrin Health Law, P.C. have served as counsel to two state health information management associations, and we participate regularly in the activities of national organizations focusing on health information management, health information systems, privacy, and cybersecurity issues. We are nationally-recognized and have published and spoken extensively on these topics at state and national meetings. On a daily basis, we assist providers—from single-physician practices to large multi-hospital systems—in assessing privacy risks, responding to requests for patient information, evaluating their privacy and data security infrastructures, intervening with federal and state regulators investigating alleged privacy and security breaches, and considering how they may use health information in innovative ways. Our lawyers have also served as testamentary and non-testamentary experts in privacy-related civil trials, acting not as attorneys but as health information privacy experts.
Whether you have identified privacy and data security concerns at your organization, are looking for assistance in reviewing and strengthening existing policies and practices, need help starting an effective privacy or cybersecurity program, or are interested in determining how to use analytics software to improve your bottom line, we can help.