TrueCrypt is a very popular open source encryption tool that became the target of controversy earlier this year when its developers announced that they were no longer going to maintain it. The developers have also advised that people seek out alternate means of encrypting their files.
How many times have you received a Word document containing a table of fielded data that would have made more sense if supplied in a spreadsheet? Or a document containing fielded data that appears to have originated as a native electronic document but has been rendered practically non-searchable because it was converted to PDF?
Risks of Non-Compliance with New HIPAA Regulations
After understanding the new HIPAA regulations and how they apply to ediscovery professionals as covered entities (eDiscovery and Healthcare Blog Series, Part 1), it is important to also understand the risks of not complying with these new regulations. When dealing with Personal Health Information (“PHI”) for litigation or discovery purposes, ediscovery professionals need to be aware of the potential consequences of violating HIPAA regulations and the implications of non-compliance.
Recent changes in healthcare regulations have changed how information around healthcare administration and receipt are handled. Current technologies and regulations have resulted in a new host of ediscovery challenges that many clients in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry must face. In March of 2013, the definition of “Business Associate” as it pertains to HIPAA was broadened to apply to any entity that receives, maintains, and/or transmits Protected Health Information (PHI) – including lawyers and their ediscovery providers.
Does your organization have complex data challenges impacting your ediscovery processes that require a significant amount of time and resources to address? Does your organization have problems in ediscovery that get solved for one case, and then crop up again for another case? Often these issues have the same root cause– corporate legal departments taking a piecemeal approach to problem-solving in an ediscovery context.