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1. Is Google's Bard HIPAA compliant?

Is Bard HIPAA compliant

Bard is an artificial intelligence system designed to engage in natural, human-like conversations. However, its use in healthcare settings raises questions about its compliance with HIPAA regulations.

What they're saying: "To help Bard improve while protecting your privacy, we select a subset of conversations and use automated tools to help remove personally identifiable information."

Is Bard covered by Google's BAA?



2. Meta claims hospitals are to blame for Meta Pixel HIPAA violations

Meta claims hospitals are to blame for Meta Pixel HIPAA violations

In response to a number of lawsuits alleging that its Meta Pixel tracking tool violates HIPAA, Meta has claimed that the hospitals that use the tool are the liable parties, not Meta.

What happened: The Meta Pixel was being used on the websites of hundreds of hospitals and was collecting patient data, including their names, medical conditions, and appointment dates.

Is Meta liable? Maybe.



3. Senators introduce Rural Hospital Cybersecurity Enhancement Act

Senators introduce Rural Hospital Cybersecurity Enhancement Act

In a landmark move to bolster cybersecurity in rural healthcare, U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) have introduced the Rural Hospital Cybersecurity Enhancement Act. 

Why it matters: The act could significantly improve the cybersecurity posture of rural hospitals by addressing the shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals.

Significant cybersecurity gaps at rural hospitals



4. What is the Minimum Necessary Standard?

What is the Minimum Necessary Standard


The Minimum Necessary Standard aims to limit the access, sharing, and use of confidential patient information to the least amount of data needed to accomplish the intended purpose of the disclosure.

Why it matters: It balances the need for healthcare professionals to share information for effective patient care and the importance of maintaining patient privacy and confidentiality.

The standard is applied in multiple scenarios



5. Application deadline: 2023 Paubox Kahikina STEM Scholarship

2023 Paubox Kahikina STEM Scholarship

The deadline to apply for the 2023 Paubox Kahikina STEM Scholarship is Wednesday, May 31st.

What's happening: The primary objective of the Paubox Kahikina STEM Scholarship is to encourage Native Hawaiians to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Apply by May 31st



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  • NextGen faces lawsuit after a massive data breach. Link


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