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How to Create a Successful Patient Watch Program

Appropriate staffing, training, collaboration and contract language are just some of the steps that will ensure the safety of patients, clinicians and security officers.

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CardioNet, a Pa.-based wireless health services provider, became the first such company to be punished for potential HIPAA non-compliance by the HHS Office for Civil Rights. By CS Staff · April 25, 2017

Hospital security departments should choose a visitor management system that can integrate security systems in a way that maintains hospital security and patient satisfaction. By Janette Andler · April 24, 2017

The alleged nurse rape occurred last June in a Methodist Hospital patient room. Hospital officials say they remain committed to patient safety and fire the suspect after hearing of the alleged nurse crime. Hospital security is being reviewed. By CS Staff · April 07, 2017

An investigation into the death of an emergency room turns up a host of issues at Greenville Memorial Hospital that may threaten its Medicare contract. By CS Staff · April 06, 2017

The suspect was arrested near the hospital shortly after the attack. By CS Staff · April 04, 2017

The woman was not put through traditional visitor screening. By CS Staff · March 14, 2017

The man suffered second and third degree burns but is conscious and recovering. By CS Staff · March 09, 2017

The patient had been admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the arm. By CS Staff · March 07, 2017

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires all federally covered healthcare entities and associates to follow strict guidelines on the release of protected health information to law enforcement personnel and agencies. In some cases, a subpoena is required while other permissions are based on a patient's actions or statements. In the end, it is up to hospital officials and their business associates to craft patient health data policies that comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule to avoid fines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. By Zach Winn · February 21, 2017

Drugs losses at federal hospitals rose tenfold between 2009 and 2015. By CS Staff · February 21, 2017